Kitimat River Provincial Park
About This Park
Kitimat River Park protects two parcels of small but highly productive old-growth Sitka Spruce and Red Cedar forest on the natural floodplain and fluvial terraces of the Kitimat River. It also protects Grizzly Bear habitat and culturally modified trees.
Park Size: 57 ha
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
- Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Location and Maps
Kitimat River Provincial Park is located about 6 km north of Kitimat and is on the west side of Highway 37, between the power transmission lines to the north and the Snowflake Community Fairgrounds to the south. Access into the park is by foot. Use NTS Map Sheet # 103 I/2.
Visitor Information Centre:
Kitimat Visitor Information Centre
PO Box 214
2109 Forest Avenue
Kitimat, BC, Canada V8C 2G7
ph: 250 632-6294 or 1-800-664-6554
Maps and Brochures
Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History - Kitimat River Provincial Park was designated as a Park on May 20, 2004, following recommendations from the Kalum Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Conservation - Kitimat River Park is located in the CWHws1 biogeoclimatic zone (Coastal Western Hemlock, wet sub-maritime subzone, Submontane variant). This zone occurs at low to mid-elevations. In general, it is one of the wettest areas in BC and typically has cool summers and mild winters. Mean annual precipitation ranges from 100-440 cm. The park is situated on an active floodplain of the Kitimat River. Vegetation differences throughout the park depend on differences in bench height and frequency of flooding. The soils in active floodplains are usually poorly developed.
High bench sites have seasonally fluctuating water tables, but only flood every few years. Forests are typically dominated by Sitka Spruce, however Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and Amabilis Fir are also present. The shrub layer is dominated by Devil’s Club. Small amounts of Salmonberry, Alaskan and Oval-leaf Blueberry and young conifers are also present in the understory. Spiny Wood Fern, Oak Fern, Foamflowers, Twisted Stock, and leafy mosses are also common in this plant community.
Middle bench plant communities have high and prolonged water tables that limit conifer establishment. The most common species in this area are Black Cottonwood, Red-Osier Dogwood, Red Alder, and Salmonberry.
The low bench plant communities are found adjacent to the river and back channels and are subjected to prolonged annual flooding, sediment erosion and deposition. The occasional Black Cottonwood is found in this area, but the most common species are willows along with Red and Sitka Alder.
- Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.