Port of Kitimat

Kitimat boasts the third largest port on the west coast of Canada in terms of international trade, behind Port Metro Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert. Kitimat is a deep sea port and ice-free. Shipping distances to Asian markets are comparable with Prince Rupert: a full day closer than ports in southern British Columbia.

At 98 nautical miles in length, Douglas Channel is BC's largest coastal fjord. Large vessels have been safely transporting industrial products through these waters for over six decades. The narrowest passage on Douglas Channel is approximately 1.4 kilometres wide at Maitland Island, and the shallowest depth is just shy of 200 metres.

Kitimat Harbour limits extend approximately 11 nm southward from the Kitimat River delta to a line between Hilton Point, the south end of Coste Island (Louis Point) and Steel Point. Kildala Arm is included within the harbour limits. The harbour is 130-180 metres deep and currently has four inner harbour anchorages and four holding areas.

As a result of Kitimat's natural competitive advantages, the port is seeing significant growth and investment opportunities.

For general inquiries, please contact Rose Klukas, Economic Development Officer, at 250-632-8921.