Kitimat Terrace Valley Profile

Quality of Life


The area services a population of approximately 58,000.

Labour/Workforce (2006)

Industry Kitimat DM Employment City of Terrace Employment
Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting 30 250
Mining & oil & gas extraction 35 0
Utilities 20 45
Construction 200 335
Manufacturing 2625 590
Wholesale trade 75 110
Retail trade 655 801
Transportation & warehousing 145 310
Information and cultural industries 55 145
Finance & insurance 55 145
Real estate & rental & leasing 35 50
Profession, scientific & technical services 80 190
Management of companies & enterprises 0 10
Administrative & support, waste management & remediation services 135 195
Educational services 310 640
Health care & social assistance 365 785
Arts, entertainment & recreation 75 110
Accommodation & food services 230 575
Other services (except public admin.) 155 215
Public administration 175 405
All industries 4635 5890
Industry – not applicable 105 105
Total labour force 15 years and over 4740 5995

Full details can be found at BC Stats (

Quality of Life


The Kitimat Terrace Valley has a coastal climate with few extremes in temperature. Winters are generally snowy and mild, while summers are warm, with a moderate amount of rainfall.


Education facilities from Pre-school – Elementary through College studies are available. The main campus of the Northwest Community College is a progressive institute, continually expanding its programs. Schools in Terrace and Kitimat are under the jurisdiction of the Coast Mountain School District.

The University of Northern British Columbia has a campus in Terrace and has just announced a partnership with Kitimat Valley Institute in Kitimat. UNBC offers programs throughout the region.

The Kitimat Valley Institute was established as a private educational/industrial institution providing provincially accredited programs and programs customized for industry and other clients upon request.

Health Services

Within Northern Health Authority, there are over two dozen acute care facilities, 14 long term care facilities, public health units, and offices providing specialized services.

Terrace and Kitimat share 20 +/- specialists supported by hospitals in Kitimat and Terrace offering state of the art CT scan and nuclear medicine.

Recreation & Attractions

Indoors and out, the Kitimat Terrace Valley is a “full service” active area offering a wide range of service, retail and recreational activities. Hiking, golf, biking, river rafting, fresh and saltwater fishing and boating abound. Camping, motocross, ATV roads and trails, downhill and cross country skiing and snowmobiling offer any resident or visitor a plethora of options.

Lakes & Rivers

The Kitimat Terrace Valley is rich with lakes and rivers – large and small, and the surrounding mountains ensure a good supply of river water all season long. Rivers like the Skeena, Kitimat, and Kalum are all within easy reach, and together with the lakes, provide opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking and exploring. Sport Fishing abounds in both Kitimat and Terrace with world renowned salmon runs. Both ocean and river fishing provide abundant opportunities for the avid fisherman.


Golfing in Kitimat and Terrace each provide a challenging 18 hole golf course and driving range facilities with modern and comfortable large club house and dining facilities.


Downhill and cross-country skiing are available at Shames Mountain and the Snow Valley Nordic Centre. Shames Mountain is renowned for its “drop dead views” and more snow than any other lift-served ski area in North America.

The Snow Valley Nordic Centre (runs and maintains the Onion Lake Ski Trails, which are surrounded by the beautiful Coast Mountains and located in a snow belt. They have over 25 km of groomed trails and 5 km of lit trails for night skiing.

The area is also well known for its backcountry ski options with hundreds of miles of untracked snow. The area hosts a number of heli-skiing operations focusing on European clientele. There is generally enough snow to ski from November through June and enough terrain to suit the most demanding skier with alpine touring gear.


The region offers unique business opportunities by combining a supportive investment climate with an exceptional quality of life. This favourable business climate comes with an abundance of natural resources, a clean, safe, and healthy environment, and diverse recreational opportunities. When combined, they offer new businesses an ideal long-term location.

A number of economic development groups are eager to assist potential foreign investors:

  • K.T. Industrial Development Society (KTIDS)
  • Terrace Economic Development Authority (TEDA)
  • City of Terrace
  • District of Kitimat
  • Kitamaat Port Development Society.
  • Haisla Business Development Corporation
  • Kitamaat Village Council
  • Kitimat Chamber of Commerce
  • Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Northwest Science and Innovation Society
  • 16/37 Community Futures
  • Skeena-Nass Center for Innovation and Resource Economics


  • Kitimat Lifestyles
  • Terrace Lifestyles
  • K. T. Industrial Development Society – Regional


Transportation options in the area include road, air, rail and ocean.
The Northwest Regional Airport, Terrace-Kitimat, is served by Air Canada, Central Mountain Air and Hawkair. The airport offers fixed and rotary wing charter services, aircraft maintenance, flight training, fuel sales, aircraft tie down and hangar storage, and air cargo. The region offers international import/export brokerage, international courier services, and freight forwarders. There are 34 weekly flights to Vancouver and flights to Prince George 6 days a week.

The Kitimat offers a year round ice-free deep sea port facility. The Port of Prince Rupert to the west, is the closest port in North America to the Asian market, followed by Kitimat.

Additional transportation options include Via Rail Passenger Train service, Greyhound Bus Lines, First Canada Bus Lines and Northern Health Authority Community and Medical Bus Service.

Ferry service between Vancouver Island. Queen Charlotte Islands and Prince Rupert is provided by BC Ferries. Prince Rupert recently expanded its Cruise Line capacity.