About Kitimat and the Region
The Project will be located on lands zoned for industrial use. It is about 2.25 kilometres (km) from the closest identified residence and approximately 4 km from the Haisla Nation Kitamaat Village (across Kitimat Arm). LNG Canada will be located adjacent to the existing Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter, with the marine facilities located within the private Port of Kitimat.
Kitimat is a coastal community in northern British Columbia with just over 9,000 residents. It is located about 650 km northwest of Vancouver, 60 km south of Terrace and 110 km east of Prince Rupert. Kitimat sits at the head of Kitimat Arm – a wide fjord that extends northeast from Douglas Channel. The town is 96 km from open water and is suitable for deep sea transport.
Kitimat is largely an industrial town, and over the last decade, Kitimat-based companies have sent more than $15 billion in value-added manufacturing products to world markets.
The Northwest Regional Airport in Terrace is the closest airport to Kitimat, located 48 kilometers north along Highway 37 – or a 40-minute drive by car, depending on weather and road conditions.
Haisla First Nation
The name Kitimat comes from the Haisla word Kitamaat, meaning People of the Snow in the Tsimshian language. Kitamaat Village, the primary residence of the Haisla First Nation, is located 11 km south of the town of Kitimat on the east side of the harbour.
Kitamaat Village is home to 700 Haisla people. However the band consists of about 1500 members in total.