Kitimat is a Pacific Rim gateway located approximately 650 km northwest of Vancouver 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 surrounding Coast Mountains create a sheltered harbour 96 km from open water, suitable for deep sea transport. A predominantly flat valley more than 5 km wide connects Kitimat to Terrace, 60 km to the north.

The Kitimat townsite currently occupies approximately 750 ha of land on the east side of the Kitimat River. Port and industrial areas cover an additional 475 ha on the west side of the river, downstream from the townsite.

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