Arriving in Kitimat by water takes the traveler through some of the most spectacular scenery in British Columbia.
Travel via Hartley Bay, stopping at Bishop Bay hot springs before continuing past Fish Trap Bay and Monkey Beach – the title of Canadian writer Eden Robinson’s nationally acclaimed novel, a haunting tale of a Haisla childhood - before entering Sue Channel. Stop at Weewannie - another wonderful natural hot springs – before the last leg of the journey down Devastation Channel, past Coste Rocks, Kildala Arm and Clio Bay and into the Kitimat Arm.
This beautiful journey is home to 167 known salmon rivers, 32 additional fish species, 248 bird species and 62 varieties of mammals. It is also home to the endangered marbled murrelet and is an exceptional place to view humpback whales, which are common all year round.
Traveling to Kitimat by Kayak
There are several Haisla cabins along the length of the Douglas Channel from Bish Creek to Devastation Channel and up the Gardner Canal. Individual Haisla trappers own the cabins which are basic but welcome all, as camping beaches are few and far between. Booking must be done in advance by contacting the Kitamaat Village Council at 250-639-2287.
Read a detailed and wonderful description of this journey up the Douglas Channel in John Kimantas’ “The Wild Coast 2”, a kayaking and recreation guide for the North and Central B.C. Coast.
Traveling to Kitimat by Boat
There are two marinas at Kitimat. The largest is M.K. Bay Marina Limited Partnership www.mkbaymarina.com with a magnificent view of the Douglas Channel. There is also an adjacent campground for RVing and tenting. The Marina is a 20-minute drive from Kitimat along a lovely winding road with views of the Kitimat River estuary, the tranquility of Minette Bay and the head of the Douglas Channel. The location is an unspoiled bird watcher’s paradise.
Located in the bay is Minette Bay Marina. Contact 250-632-3177 to reserve moorage or for dry land storage. Power is available but not water. The Marina is also home to the local dragon boat clubs that use Minette Bay as their training grounds. Please note, there is a twenty foot tide difference at the entrance of the bay so boats with any sort of keel have to wait for the tide to come or go from Minette Bay.
Boating in BC
Many have journeyed between the islands that dot the BC north Pacific coast. Tucked in beside Pitt, Gill and Princess Royal islands and the Tsimshian village of Hartley Bay is the mouth of the Douglas Channel and a two-day round trip journey to Kitimat and Kitamaat Village.
For information on boating in BC waters, visit the BC Marine Trades Association
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