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KITIMAT Business & Pleasure Guide 2014

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Great Outdoors

Our Summers Are Eventful

Kitimat combines the outdoors with a remarkable indoor scene ..................04 Set up your tent along Kitimat River ..........05 Destination: Kitimat River ..........................07 In Kitimat, united we walk..........................09 Trail blazing in the back country ................11

Kitimat sets the party standard....................27 Don’t forget Kitimat’s indoor scene............29

Fishing Capital of the Northwest

Walkway Map ....................... 08 Map of Kitimat ..................... 16

Thar be whales in the waters .......................12 The best time to fish is right now ................13 Weekend banking ........................................14 Channeling a good time in Kitimat .............15

Industry Meets Nature Kitimat is getting set for the industrial race ........................................30

An Enviable Lifestyle Like living in a painting ..............................18 Spirit of Kitlope Dancers ............................19 No business like snow business ..................21 The lure of the derby ...................................23 Kitimat knows drama ..................................24

On the cover View of the Douglas Channel from Maggie Point. Photo by Sarah Campbell.

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BUSINESS & PLEASURE GUIDE

SERVICES ACCOMMODATION Kitimat Lodge...................................06

GROCERIES & PHARMACY Overwaitea ...........................................26

BANKS Scotia Bank .......................................27

HARDWARE & BUILDING SUPPLIES, AND SERVICES Home Hardware ...............................32 Lapointe Engineering Ltd. ..............31 Pyrotek ..............................................29

DENTISTS Dr. Thomas Baumeister, B.Sc., D.M.D. and Dr. Emily Feldhoff, D.M.D. Dental Surgeons ...............................31 EMPLOYMENT SERVICES Kitimat Community Services Society Employment Services Centre ..........10

MUSEUMS Kitimat Museum and Archives .......27 NEWS Northern Sentinel Newspaper .........22 REALTORS Shannon Dos Santos.........................15 Kim Fowler .......................................23 Re/Max Kitimat Realty....................27 Ilona Kenny ......................................29 RECREATION Kitimat Lodge...................................06 Screamin’ Reels Fishing & Charters .........................09 Reliable Guide & Charters .............13 AUTOMOTIVE & MARINE SERVICES RG’s Auto & Marine .......................14 Snow Valley Ford .............................29 VETERINARIAN & PET SHELTER Kitimat Veterinary Hospital ...........05 Kitimat Humane Society Shelter ....31 WORSHIP CENTERS ............................22 Kitimat Pentecostal Fellowship First Baptist Church

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The swift waters of Hirsch Creek can prove alluring to kayakers, as shown here.

Kitimat combines the outdoors with a remarkable indoor scene Kitimat is, as they say, booming. It’s a new frontier here, being fueled by a rapidly concluding multi-billion dollar rebuild of our centre-piece Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter, plus promising proposals from natural gas proponents. Yet those multi-billion dollar projects are what puts Kitimat on the map for the outsiders, those who may not have otherwise known who we are. Kitimat is, however, a liveable city, designed with horseshoe streets and green-space walkways, connecting our rural community to nature in the most integrated way a community knows how. Step off any residential street and you’re sure to find a walkway taking you to some scenic vista, or you can check out our map on pages 16 and 17. Of course, those walkways will connect you through green spaces to various points in the town

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itself. If you’re looking to branch off into more of a wilderness scene, you may want to take a hike like those featured on page 14. Kitimat is more than just the wild outdoors though. Pay close enough attention and you’ll find a bustling social scene, from the amazing high school productions of such familiar names like Peter Pan and Sound of Music, to a local production company On Cue Players. That’s not to mention how Kitimat celebrates Canada Day, the biggest celebration in this corner of the northwest. All this only adds to the charm of Kitimat. We’re a small town with big industrial ambitions. We’re friendly, we’ll hospitable, and we’re connected to this land. We’re effectively unique from other communities. We are a destination, we’re not the end of the road. Whether you’re looking to scratch a visit to Kitimat off your bucket list or are a resident wanting to remind yourself about your community, we hope this guide gives you a fresh view of the town. We’re small but familiar. We’re experiencing a new wave of growth, and we hope you get a chance to join us for this ride. - Cameron Orr www.northernsentinel.com


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Set up your tent along the shores of the Kitimat River Operated by the city, Radley Park is the community’s premier campground, superbly located a literal stone’s throw from the banks of the river. And yet it is also only a couple of minutes from all the amenities of the downtown area. Set amongst trees, the sites come equipped with fire pits and picnic tables with sturdy shelters and plenty of supplied firewood. No shelling out of extra money to keep a campfire going. There are electrical hook-ups available at a number of sites and the washroom facilities include coinoperated showers. And there is a sani-dump, fishcleaning station and even a smoker for your catches of the day. Believe it or not, Radley Park is so appealing even local residents frequently camp there for a weekend. It recently upgraded some of its sites to include more electrical hookups as well. There is also a fishing spot and boat launch at the end of the Radley Park road. The District of Kitimat recently re-opened the Hirsch Creek Campground, just a short drive from town on Highway 37S. It’s further from town offering a quieter camping experience along the shores of Hirsch Creek. There are large fields for fun activities for your family, and of course trails along Hirsch Creek itself. www.northernsentinel.com

Many visitors like to get even closer to their chosen fishing spots by camping on the banks of the Kitimat River itself. However, in consideration of other anglers and the environment, you are asked to make camp at least 30 metres from the water’s edge. For those who really want to get away from it all, the Kitimat Valley has several Forest Recreation rustic campsites such as Mount Elizabeth, Deception Lake, Enso Park and West Lake.

The Radley Park stone feature at the entrance to the park on Haisla Boulevard.

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Destination: Kitimat River Kitimat may not have existed were it not for its valuable deep water assets on the Douglas Channel. But Kitimat, well, just wouldn’t be Kitimat if we didn’t have the Kitimat River. The river flows down from the mountains and cuts through the Kitimat Valley on its path to deltas at the edge of the Kitimat Arm, the northern-most point of the Douglas Channel. Although access for fishing on the north part of the river, essentially anything above the Kitimat Bridge on Highway 37S, is off limits, there are plenty of other areas to cast your line. That includes south of the Kitimat River bridge, at Cablecar, and many other places such as Dyke Road in the Kildala area or off Haisla Boulevard at the Service Centre. In the scene above, you can see the sparkling river, flowing past a gravelly beach, a very short drive beyond the Giant Spruce Park, just beyond the municipal recreation centre, Riverlodge. www.northernsentinel.com

A popular anglers hangout, it’s just one of many spots to get to the river. Across the way in the photo above is the Service Centre side of the river. If you continue to follow the river to the left you’d pass the Kitimat Hatchery where many stocks of salmon are raised and released. Nearby, on the same dirt road to the hatchery, you’ll find a specially constructed river spot that is accessible for people in wheelchairs. The river truly is accessible to all. There are numerous other places along the river popular for anglers. Whether you’re there before sunrise or late in the afternoon, you’re certain to run in to someone with a rod at the shore and maybe a fish or two resting nearby. Like we say, Kitimat and its river go together like peanut butter and jam or movies and popcorn. It’s a large part of our local identity. Whether sneaking a few lines on the way to or from work, or wanting to take the family out to enjoy the sun, the river is there, accessible, and a priceless (and costless) attraction that draws people in the world over. It is truly Kitimat’s greatest natural playground. We think you’ll have fun.

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Map Compliments of Kitimat Museum & Archives

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In Kitimat, united we walk

By foot or wheel, Kitimat offers up a wealth of outdoor opportunities.

Before we take you on a journey through the Kitimat area’s wonderful trail system, we should explain to you the town’s own ‘trail system.’ Kitimat, as you may know, was an entirely planned and designed community. Kitimat ditched the usual grid layout of its streets, instead opting for ‘arterial’ streets with horseshoe shaped off-streets, where people enjoy their quiet neighbourhood.

This layout, as well as providing each street with relative quiet from traffic, gave the town the opportunity to develop paved sidewalks that, instead of running along the streets themselves, takes people safely through scenic green spaces to the neighbouring streets. For instance, a person could walk from City Centre Mall, past the ice arenas, across the street to a sidewalk path that will lead them straight to either Stikine Street, Wedeene Street or Saguenay, and of course further to the rest of the Kildala neighbourhood. Just about every street in

town is connected this way. That goes for the up-thehill neighbourhoods as well, in Whitesail and Nechako. But it’s not just the fences of people’s backyards that you’ll see. Along the town’s pathways there are long, grassy fields, flowing creeks and scenic bridges for your enjoyment. The local newspaper editor even reports having seen a beaver on the path beside the First Baptist Church in the Kildala area. The friendly creature didn’t linger for any photos, unfortunately. See the Kitimat Museum & Archives’ Kitimat heritage walkway map on opposite page.

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Trail blazing in the back country If you seek a bit more adventure than municipally maintained walkways can provide, we’ve got you covered. In areas outside the community, and even some places within, Kitimat has no shortage of wilderness to explore. From the trail by our Rod and Gun Club hall or the Coho Flats trail, you can get plenty of the outdoors experience. Here’s our quick guide to Kitimat’s great outdoors: Hirsch Creek Park. An easy set of trails, families can simply pull into the park off the highway, just before the Hirsch Creek Bridge on the way into town, take a right at a fork in the road and watch out for the trail signs. Once at the trail head you’re set for a relaxing 15 or 30 minute walk in the forest. Those seeking the refreshment of cold glacial water can set out for Humphrey Creek Falls. About 16km north out of town you take the first gravel road on the right after the Humphrey Creek bridge, then the second right once on that road. When you run out of road, there’s a short trail to the canyon and the falls which send up a constant plume of spray. You can walk to the top of the falls, but be careful if you have small children with you – there are no fences and it’s quite a drop to the pool below. Another spectacular view awaits at the Hirsch Creek Canyon. This one is a 6km (approximately three hour) return trip, but the trail is again an easy one, climbing only 100m throughout its length. The trail begins at the highway on the Kitimat side of the Hirsch Creek bridge and follows the creek to a ledge overlooking the canyon. Kitamaat Village Road takes you to the Robinson www.northernsentinel.com

Lake trail. After driving along that road for about two and a half kilometres, turn left after crossing Cordella Creek into a gravel pit. Head up to the right, following the road for another 0.7km and you’ll reach the trail head. Rated moderate, the 4km trail takes you past a series of small lakes. Hike time is about 5-7 hours. Although the last 1.5km can be very wet, most of that problem has been taken care of by the construction of a raised wooden walkway. If the alpine and views over the Kitimat Valley and Douglas Channel are what you seek, try the Clague Mountain trail (locals pronounce it Clack). From the Service Centre, head north along Enterprise Avenue until you reach the gravel logging road. Follow that for about a kilometre then turn left and follow the side road 2km to the trail head. It’s a difficult 6km hike with a return time of 8-10 hours, but is well worth the effort. Looking for an even greater challenge? Then the steep and difficult Mount Elizabeth trail is for you. Drive north out of Kitimat for approximately 7.5km, then turn right just south of where the transmission lines cross Hwy 37. Follow the gravel logging road for 13.5km. From there, a narrow 4WD road runs 2.5km to the trail head. A hike of 6km gets you to the alpine and panoramic views from what’s called Little Elizabeth. If you want to tackle the peak, it’s due east of you, but be very aware you are now essentially mountaineering - you will be traversing an exposed ridge that is at points extremely narrow. Therefore we urge you not to try for the peak unless properly equipped and the weather is absolutely clear. For a full list of trails in the area pick up a brochure from the Visitor Information Centre on the way into town.

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Thar be whales in the waters It’s no fluke. There’s a growing body of evidence that shows the area around Gil Island is actually a very important habitat for humpback whales. A scientific study into the abundance of humpback whales, reported in the September 12, 2013 Northern Sentinel, showed that, at least in the immediate area of Gil Island, the threatened humpback whale continues to grow at a remarkable pace. The report comes after an eight year study done by researchers from the University of St. Andrews, Cetacea Lab, and the Gitga’at Lands and Marine Resources Department. Among the report’s findings are that eight per cent of B.C.’s humpback whale population use the waters around Gil Island, an area which represents just 1.5 per cent of B.C.’s inland coast. Also, from 2004 to 2011, the number of whales doubled in the area, to an average summer population of 140. “We just wanted to get a better understanding of which species are in the area, what different parts of the area they are using, and how many there are,” said Chris Picard, science director for the Gitga’at First Nation, in which the territory study took place. “Down the road we want to, with that better understanding, develop recommendations or strategies that could assist in their conservation,” he added. The idea for this study came from anecdotal evidence that there just seemed to be a lot of whales in the area. Janie Wray, a whale researcher for Cetacea Lab, said they first arrived at Hartley Bay to seek permission to install a whale monitoring station in 2000, and were fortunate to be allowed. “We built the station on Gil Island and put in a number of hydrophone stations that allowed us to listen to whales,” she said. “Initially the project, when we first came, was geared more towards killer whales and we started to notice all these humpback whales,” added Wray. “Every year we noticed the population growing and growing.” She said that between 2004 and 2009, the number of humpbacks, which started at 42 in 2004, had doubled.

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The report led the researchers to a few key conclusions. The first and most obvious, of course, is proof that there are a lot of whales in the area, which is encouraging for the species’ overall recovery. The other is that researchers now realize that Gil Island is important, likely primarily as a food source for the whales, said Picard. “There seems to be a particular richness in this area, because compared to other parts of the coast, whales are far more abundant in the area where we studied.” Wray adds that there could be a social connection for the whales as well which brings them out. “The amount of singing that occurs between humpback whales in the fall has also increased,” she said. “And I think right now it’s relatively quiet, this is a place they can come, communicate freely, they can find their prey easily by using sound because the ocean is so quiet through these channels.” Meanwhile, researchers are beginning to see a bigger picture relating to the fin whales as well, a relative of humpbacks. The second largest mammal in the world, said Picard, fin whales are seeing a growing abundance in the area, which is actually peculiar because they’re known to be more open ocean whales. “I’m particularly curious to find out what it is about these waters that makes them so productive,” he said. Wray is equally excited about learning more as well. “There’s a big fin whale story going on here. That’s pretty huge.” Meanwhile researchers continue to collect information, and Wray said she’ll be looking at the social relationship of whales in the area, as well as monitoring the survival of calves after they leave their mothers.

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FISHING CAPITAL OF THE NORTHWEST

The best time to fish is right now With five species of salmon and two of trout available to anglers, you can see there’s no shortage of action in our river. So when are there fish in the Kitimat River? Twelve months of the year. When’s the best time to fish it? Depends on what you’re after. If your heart is set on a monster chinook (Spring) salmon, the main run will start heading into the river in late June and there will be plenty of battles royale to enjoy right through July. These tackle busters are often in the 30-40 lbs. range but fish running 50 lbs. and up have sent anglers home with stars in their eyes — and aching arms. How to catch yourself a trophy chinook? The most relaxing is “still” fishing — anchoring your line and gear in the current with a weight and using a spin-n-glo or a spin-n-glo/ hoochie combo as the lure. Both come in a bewildering array of colours and sizes. For the more active angler, casting and “bottom bouncing” is the method of choice using either a spoon – there is even one named after our river, a Kitimat spoon, – or again a spin-n-glo/hoochie, but with a lighter weight. Bottom bouncing is also the more successful method since, by varying your cast length and retrieve, you’re searching out the fish rather than waiting for them to bump into your gear. (The use of bait in the Kitimat River is prohibited until Labour Day - and don’t forget, it’s single www.northernsentinel.com

barbless hook only.) Because water conditions have a lot to do with your choice of lure and/or colour, it’s a good idea to check with a local tackle shop to find out what’s working when you arrive. Another tip: get a copy of the tide tables even if you’re fishing on the river because a lot of fish tend to come in on the high tide. As the chinook peak, the first of the next wave start arriving in the river, chum salmon. Granted they are not as highly prized by many anglers, but if you get a fresh 20lber. on the line you’ll be in a battle you won’t soon forget. You can be sure of lots of chum action through July and into midAugust and they are excellent when smoked. During this run in particular

you’ll see numerous fly anglers on the river and be impressed by their rate of success. This is also when the pinks come in - known as “humpies” for the hump back the spawning males develop. They are utterly unpredictable in terms of the strength of the run - this is the only purely wild fish run in the Kitimat. Historically, pink runs show huge swings in alternating years but that pattern changed about seven years ago with big returns for several years. The pattern appeared to reassert itself the last couple of years but it should be noted that what is regarded as a “low” return for pinks still exceeds 100,000. With chum and pinks both in the river, it can get insane.

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Weekend banking On a Saturday morning, in rain or shine, the chore list can include only one thing: get to the river. There are a few really easy ways to get yourself to the Kitimat River. Perhaps the first is the municipal campground Radley Park, whose road will lead to a small boat launch onto the river, and provides an easy place to cast a line. By the same token, if you’re on that side of Haisla Bridge, you can park your car and take a sidewalk on the north side of the bridge. That path will take you onto the river as well, to a wide open pebbly shore, if the river is low enough. Heading to the Kitimat River Hatchery offers a fine trail to the water as well. On the drive up to the Hatchery grounds, you’ll also pass the handicap access fishing spot. If you walk further a small staircase will take you from the Hatchery parking lot to a trail that if you follow will take you to a

beach area along the river. There are of course numerous spots along Highway 37S on the drive in to town which offer prime places to see the water and maybe catch some salmon. You can always find the beach front beyond the Giant Spruce Park. Simply drive onto Dyke Road from Columbia (next to the Riverlodge) and turn right, and then turn left at the sign for the Giant Spruce. Keep driving beyond the parking area for that spot and you’ll get to the river as well. There are usually portable lavatories at that location for when nature calls. If you’re a fan of drifting on the river be sure to call one of Kitimat’s local fishing guides, they’d be happy to take you out on a river excursion. Don’t forget the river is a fine place just for a family picnic, it’s not just for anglers. If you hang out there long enough, you may also just happen to see a seal’s head pop up from the water. Seals will occasionally follow the tasty fish up-river for a supper.

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FISHING CAPITAL OF THE NORTHWEST

Channeling a good time in Kitimat Although it’s the abundant fish that draw most people on to the waters of the Douglas Channel, the beauty and marine life of the fjord is a bonus none forget. It’s also the reason why an increasing number of non-anglers leap at the opportunity offered by local charter operators to take to the briny and capture that beauty through the lens of their camera. But, back to the fish. Salmon, of course, are the big draw with chinook/springs and coho being the favourites. Although the early chinooks/ springs, destined for spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the Kitimat River, arrive in mid-to lateMay, the peak period begins in midJune with the first couple of weeks of July bringing “prime time.” Mid-July sees the beginning of the coho run which will peak a month later. They often mill around “out front” waiting for the right river conditions. But there are also salmon to be www.northernsentinel.com

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Like living in a painting You may have picked up by now that Kitimat is a pretty scenic place. The photos above and below on this page are each very accessible. The photo above is actually Minette Bay Marina, which is along Kitamaat Village Road on your

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way to Kitamaat Village from the Kitimat township. The shot below is simply one of Kitimat’s many walkways, this one on the Service Centre side of Haisla Bridge. Straight ahead is Kitimat’s service and lightindustry neighbourhood, while directly behind is the Haisla Bridge, which runs above some great river access points. Continuing ahead would take you to the heavy industries.

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AN ENVIABLE LIFESTYLE

Spirit of Kitlope use song and dance to tell stories The Kitamaat Village-based Spirit of Kitlope Dancers have been telling stories through dance and song since the 90s, when a group of youth spent time in the Kitlope Valley at a rediscovery camp.

“The group originated back in the 90s, from the Kitlope where they had a rediscovery camp for the youth,” explained one of the current group leaders, Shelley Bolton in the August 7 Northern Sentinel. Bolton has been with the dancers since 2006, and is among the 50 or so dancers the club currently has. Yet defining what this ‘spirit’ is can be challenging. We asked Bolton to explain what the Spirit of Kitlope is, and in short it’s a “you have to be there” sort of thing. “Unless you come take part and sing and you dance, some people feel it, that excitement and feel that yearning to sing some more, like I felt years ago when I first started,” she said. “It’s just something that you feel.”

The dances and songs themselves have a very particular structure. For instance each dancer dances in their own clan line. The Beavers, Ravens, Eagles and Killer Whales clans are represented, and the Beaver is always first up, because they are the highest ranking clan in the Haisla community right now. The song and dance routines all tell a story, whether it’s to honour the women, or the men, or the dance could be a strength competition for the men. As for where these songs and dances actually come from, that’s a complicated one to answer. “These songs come from another place,” said Bolton. “Some people say they come from our ancestors and the only way I can explain it is when I first started getting songs, I was told ‘there’s so many songs out there, floating around from our ancestors and they’re waiting for the right person to come down to hold onto it.’” Bolton hopes their dances are able to reach out to people. “We’ve performed many times and we’ve always touched a few people,” she said.

Shelley and Adam Bolton stare off to the water on a calm day along the Douglas Channel, dressed in traditional Haisla regalia.

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Above, a wide angle view of the Douglas Channel from the marina in Kitamaat Village. At the right you can see some of the community’s houses. In the distance across the water is the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter. Far right top, a row of seagulls rest along Kitimat’s waters. Far right below, a sunny view of the Douglas Channel. Direct right, a flowing stream of water at Minette Bay flows near the Minette Bay Marina into the Kitimat Arm of the Douglas Channel. Below right, a brick walkway takes you around the Centennial Park fountain, on your way to the City Centre. Directly ahead is the City Centre Mall, the core shopping and office building for the community, but there is plenty of other shopping to be had a quick walk around the neighbourhood. Below, a squirrel enjoying a feeder at an area affectionately named Squirrel Park.

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No business like snow business That aluminum snowflake on the right side of the highway as you drive into town isn’t just for show. With 557cm of snow recorded for Kitimat in 2012 and 423.9cm on average, or roughly 14ft, we’re no slouches when it comes to knowing what a real northern white winter is. In fact, the name of our community is derived from Git-a-maat, a Tshimian description of the Haisla, which means “people of the snow.” Local amenities abound, however, to take advantage of our powdery resource. Down Highway 37S is the Onion Lake Ski Trails, a popular facility with kilometers worth of trails. The professionally laid out trails cover a variety of terrains. The local Kitimat Snowmobile and Hikers Club also maintain cabins in the area, including up Clague Mountain, located not far from downtown and is designated a municipal park. You can learn about their group at their website www. kitimatsnowmobileclub.com. For a bit more casual fun, the Hirsch Creek Golf and Winter Club’s grounds are great for snowshoeing or a nice hill is a great place to take the family for some tobogganing. It’s true nothing beats a nice warm day, but we certainly embrace the snow to its full potential.

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Seeking the biggest fish brings out anglers and families for the annual Kitimat Fish Derby, traditionally on the Labour Day weekend

The lure of the derby One of Kitimat’s main events each year is the Fish Derby. Anglers of all levels of experience test their might against salmon runs in the river. Hosted by the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, participants vie for the largest catch — within their own category — for the chance to win cash and prizes. Once you get your big catch, you bring it to the Visitor Information Centre for a weigh-in, and then you’re welcome to stick around for family activities and barbecue. For more information on the event contact the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce at 250-632-6294. www.northernsentinel.com

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Kitimat knows drama Peter Pan and Captain Hook knock swords in a showdown in Never Never Land. Just so it’s clear, it is a high school production, and yes, that is completely elaborate aerial stuntwork you’re seeing in the photo. Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School’s plays, produced through the school’s Musical Theatre department, consistently puts on quality shows that may surprise you with their comprehensive production values. For Peter Pan, which was performed last January, the school even flew out a flight coordinator

from Las Vegas, a man whose entire expertise is in making people fly, whether it be for major network TV award shows or, yes, high school productions. It was among the school’s most ambitious productions. Peter Pan just continued the drama tradition at the local school, and is just part of an immense art culture in Kitimat. For sure we shouldn’t forget to mention the fine work of the Kitimat Concert Association, which work tirelessly bringing in notable, worldclass acts. The Concert Association has a website at www. kitimatconcerts.ca. Of course we can’t forget another local

acting group, the On Cue Players, which have been together since the 80s. Keep your eyes peeled for their next performance. They’ll be following up a successful dinner theatre performance which ran in May. If by chance you’re also here later in the fall, you can’t forget to check out the Aluminum City Telethon in October. The huge variety show means an entire day of entertainment on stage at the theatre, all to raise money for the Kitimat Community Foundation, which supports a number of programs within the community. This year will be the telethon’s 34th.

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2014 The community also gathers together in late May or early June for the Relay for Life, the annual outdoors fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. From morning to night, people take to the track field at the local high school for hours of camaraderie, music, food, and of course a good cause. Clearly when it comes to coming together for a good time and for a good cause, Kitimat is the place to be. Also note the human peace sign below. Each year Kitimat comes together for a peace ceremony at the Mount Elizabeth Theatre. Kitimat has been designated as a Rotary Peace Community. There’s so much throughout the year that it’s hard to compress it all together. The Kitimat Multicultural Club for instance is quite active and hosts a multi-cultural potluck. (see the photo at top right)

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Above, Thai dancers perform in Kitimat. Right, Luso portguese dancers. Shown below, Kitimat is recognized as a Rotary Peace Community.

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A stunning view of the Kitimat area’s newest trail, Maggie Point, which takes hikers on a short walk to the gazebo you see, which looks out at the Douglas Channel. This trail is located along Kitamaat Village Road just before MK Bay Marina. Check the visitor information centre for a more precise location. Sarah Campbell Photo

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Kitimat sets the party standard The Northwest really has it figured out how to hold a party.

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as well as the abundance of food at the Riverlodge. The multi-cultural food fair offers a variety of foods from all corners of the globe, including Chinese food, Filipino food, and Portuguese food. Small business and craft vendors also abound, selling an assortment of goods. A stage is always set up outside as well, where local and regional musicians play to an encouraging crowd. Even rain won’t hold back a Kitimatian seeking fun in the community. Canada Day celebrations are also joined by the Dave Saunders Memorial Hill Climb on the June 28th and 29th weekend, a loud and thrilling uphill race on Haisla Boulevard. The event will run on June 28 with June 29 reserved as a possible rain out day. So whether celebrating a national birthday or watching smoke billow from a squealing tire, Kitimat has all interests covered. Festivals Kitimat has an office open until July 1 at the Riverlodge meeting room if you wish to find out more about what’s happening that weekend, including the annual Canada Day parade.

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Don’t forget the offerings of Kitimat’s indoor scene If you find yourself in Kitimat without the energy to place yourself in to the ample surrounding wilderness you won’t be without a good time.

under construction, as well as taxidermied animals showing who and what it is we share our backyards with. (Here’s a hint, they’re sometimes very large and furry!) Going upstairs in the museum will also take you to the town’s art gallery, and every month there is a new collection of a local or regional artist. Not to mention the pieces on permanent display, From the For as much as there are things to do and sale for those who want outside in Kitimat, there are plenty of museum to the to take a bit of Kitimat home things to do inside as well. with them. library, there is an Among the newest icons of The museum has Kitimat’s recreational scene is the state recently also branched abundance of indoor of the art swimming pool at the Sam into providing community recreation in Lindsay Aquatic Centre. dialogue into Kitimat’s Complete with a lazy river and a emerging new industries with Kitimat water slide, it provides an excellent family this year’s Kitimat Questions: outing. Energy exhibit which connects In the same complex is the Tamitik Arena, people questions on resource in the winter a continually used ice sheet for our development with experts. local hockey teams and skating club, plus regular Kitimat is also home to a very comprehensive public skating. A second sheet of ice is just across the public library. courtyard as well in the Kitimat Ice Rink. Come to the collection of books and internet You’ll also never be bored at the Riverlodge, terminals, but stay for an assortment of public events, a converted bunkhouse that now houses a fitness usually geared to the kiddies, including puppet shows centre, two gymnasiums, and which hosts numerous and LEGO competitions, among other activities. workshops throughout the year, from speaking Spanish We’ll just leave a gentle reminder we also have an 18 hole golf course, nearby ski trails at Onion Lake, a to photography. Of course there are other staples of the community modern hospital and health centre and the City Centre Mall shopping area with nearby restaurants. as well. The Kitimat Museum & Archives is a Well, we could go on, but we think you get the wonderful collection of the town’s history. point. You’ll enjoy the displays and models of a town

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Kitimat is getting set for the industrial race We’d be remiss if we didn’t take a page or two to highlight the industrial developments anticipated in the area. To start off there is, of course, Rio Tinto Alcan’s Kitimat Modernization Project, a multibillion dollar project to upgrade the technology at their smelter here in Kitimat. That project is rapidly racing to the finish line with an anticipated first pour of metal in the first quarter of 2015, but it was the first in a number of other proposed projects for the area.

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The others that Kitimat is patiently waiting for the final investment decisions from include the LNG Canada proposal, led by Shell Canada with a majority stake, which aims to export natural gas to overseas markets. The company has already taken over the former Methanex site in Kitimat but we may have to wait at least a year before we know if the company is officially going to build, but they’ve already been a notable presence in the community. The Kitimat LNG project is another proposal, this one a jointventure between Chevron and Apache Canada. They’ve been clearing land at their proposed site at Bish Cove,

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The tide’s out in this wide-angle look at the Douglas Channel from the view at Hospital Beach, near the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter. Follow Haisla Boulevard all the way beyond the smelter to reach this picnic area. And if you’re wondering, that large ship on the right is the Delta Spirit Lodge. The Kitimat Modernization Project has brought in the ship to house several hundred construction workers during the peak of the project. silently working with partners and stakeholders behind the scenes to move the process ahead. Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal is also still on the table. In a community plebiscite Kitimat did take a position against the project which would bring diluted bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, but it hasn’t deterred the company which continues to pursue the project. There are a number of other Lapointe Lapointe Engineering Lapointe Kitimat Humane Society Shelter Lapointe Engineering Ltd. Engineering 1000 Eurocan Way Kitimat Engineering Ltd. Ltd. Project Management Ph. 250-632-7373 Ltd. Lapointe Project Management DesignManagement Engineering Project Engineering Project Management Structural • Civil •Engineering Mechanical • Electrical Design Maintenance Design Ltd.Engineering Design Engineering Engineering Adopt a

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