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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns >  Yellowhead Hwy > Kitwanga (Gitwangak)

Kitwanga (Gitwangak)
Kitwanga or Gitwangak meaning "place of rabbits" is located at the junction of Hwy 37 and Hwy 16, 91 km (57 miles) east of Terrace and 43 km (27 miles) west of Hazelton.

Kitwanga Fort
Located in Kitwanga is the Kitwanga Fort a National Historic Site of Canada. The Kitwanga Fort is associated to the aboriginal warrior Nekt in the 18th century. Nekt strategically located the fort on Ta'awdzep or Battle Hill to have a vantage point over the adjacent Kitwankul Trail and the Kitwanga River Valley.

Kitwanga Lumber Company
Once you're travelling through Kitwanga on Hwy 37 4 km (2.5 miles) to the north you'll notice the main employer in town is the Kitwanga Lumber Company. First established in 1963 by one of the pioneering families of Kitwanga, the Hobenshields, the mill supports a number of families living in the area.

Skeena River Totems
Near the Skeena River on Bridge Street there are some totem poles displaying crests associated with Nekt's biography. Artwork ranges from his original flight from the Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte Islands, being a warrior, and his use of Battle Hill to guard the important aboriginal trade routes. There is a beautiful viewpoint near here overlooking the Kitwanga River and Skeena River Bridge.

Wildlife Viewing
If you enjoy watching wildlife there is a good vantage point from just the other side of the Skeena River Bridge. A good time to come is in April to July when the spawning Chinook, Sockeye and Steelhead Salmon return to the Kitwanga River near the outlet of the Kitwanga Lake.

There is the gravel Cedarvale Kitwanga Road which goes on the downstream side of the Skeena River once you're over the bridge. This road takes you down the river for about 18 km (11 miles) to an old airstrip called Woodcock (CBQ8), just across the Skeena River from the small community of Cedarvale. It's at Woodcock where people from Terrace and the area used to come and try parachuting.

Seven Sisters Mountain
If you do take the Cedarvale Kitwanga Road, try going down on a clear day. This is when you have the best view of the Seven Sisters Mountain Range especially first thing in the morning. The Seven Sisters, which are across the Skeena River at Woodcock, can best be seen from the trail up Kitwanga Mountain. Kitwanga Mountain trail involves a long hard hike and is accessed off the Cedarvale Kitwanga Road.

Cross-Country Trail
One favourite hike you might want to try near Kitwanga is the Cross-Country Trail. Take the Kitwanga-Hazelton Road about 45 km (28 miles) towards Hazelton. The Cross-Country Trail takes about 1.5 hours to walk and there is some very nice scenery. This trail is also used for biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling in the winter.

Kitwanga Petro-Canada Service
Located at the junction of Hwy 37 and Hwy 16 is the Kitwanga Petro-Canada Service Station run by N & V Johnson Services. Here you can find fuel, a minor repair shop, a small restaurant and a convenience store. From the Petro-Canada you travel on Hwy 37 over the Skeena River Bridge to where the Kitwanga First Nations is located on Bridge Street.

Kitwancool (Gitanyow)
Kitwancool now known by it's traditional name as Gitanyow, 15 km (9 miles) to the north on Hwy 37, is home to some of the oldest-known totem poles in British Columbia.

Totem Poles
These can still be seen along the Kitwanga River just north of Kitwanga at their original site in the village. Marvel at the craftsmanship and feel the aboriginal spirit and history coming from the artwork.

Cassiar RV & Campground
For people who want to stay in Kitwanga, the only place is the Cassiar RV & Campground located on Bacalow Road 4 km (2.5 miles) from Hwy 16 in Kitwanga. The RV campground is situated next to the Kitwanga River.

Kitwanga River Steelhead
The Kitwanga River has some excellent fishing, unfortunately though is closed to Steelhead fishing from January 1 to June 15.

Information on Kitwanga (Gitwangak)



Kitwanga (Gitwangak) Map
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Kitwanga Lumber Company
Kitwanga Lumber Company


Skeena River Totems
Skeena River Totems


Skeena River at Kitwanga (Gitwangak)
Skeena River at Kitwanga (Gitwangak)


Seven Sisters Mountain Range
Seven Sisters Mountain Range


Kitwanga Petro-Canada
Kitwanga Petro-Canada


Kitwanga Hwy 37 Junction to Alaska
Kitwanga Hwy 37 Junction to Alaska


Kitwanga Mountain
Kitwanga Mountain


Kitwanga River
Kitwanga River

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