Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Hiking is popular and trails are plentiful in the Kitimat Valley.
The rich, green forest, ocean air and quiet trails are perfect for getting back to nature. Hiking in this area also provides a good opportunity to see wildlife, including moose and eagles.
Kitimat and the surrounding area offers about 10 easy to difficult hikes within a one-hour drive of town. Choose from paths that take less than an hour round-trip to complete, to intermediate and advanced terrain of various distances with overnight camping as an option for some.
The easiest trail in Kitimat is the approximately 45-minute round-trip flat walk to the Giant Spruce Tree and Kitimat River. The path starts close to the town's Riverlodge Recreation Centre, on the west side of the river, just a few minutes walk or drive from downtown. The path winds through old-growth forest to Kitimat's Giant Spruce, which at more than 500 years old is registered as British Columbia's largest spruce tree. The trail ends at the edge of the rushing Kitimat river.