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NEWS RELEASE · 23rd July 2010
Kitimat Museum & Archives
If you are off for a walk this summer along Kitimat's heritage walkway system, consider taking advantage of the latest interpretive addition to Kitimat heritage. The Kitimat Museum & Archives and District of Kitimat Economic Promotion & Investor Services present four interpretive walkway signs strategically placed in Kitimat's green space. The interpretive sign system for heritage walkways and circle tours of Kitimat celebrates this community's historical and cultural beginnings.

There are four Circle Tour signs - one in Kildala across from SuperValu, one in Nechako at Nechako Centre, one for Whitesail beside the high school, and one for Haisla Boulevard Hill beside Centennial Park. Each sign has a wealth of historical information and images specific to each area arranged as points of interest along the way, an identified route on the map, and an ortho photo. Signs and maps are housed on both sides of red cedar kiosks with green metal roofs.

To be produced in the near future are brochures available at the Kitimat Museum, 293 City Centre, and on the Museum's website at www.kitimatmuseum.ca Also planned is the CT symbol stenciled at crossroad points on the sidewalks to keep visitors along each route.

Curator Louise Avery states that Kitimat - for its fifty plus years - has a wealth of historical information explaining the town plan and citizens' activities, making Kitimat a home unique to other Canadian towns. "It is important for us to reconnect with Kitimat history, feeling proud of the important work done fifty years ago in setting up the town that we all appreciate today."

The four signs are the District of Kitimat Heritage Walkway Signage Program which is funded in part by the Government of British Columbia through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities' Community Tourism Program. Partners in the project included Kitimat Museum & Archives and District of Kitimat Planning, Recreation and Economic Promotion Departments.
At what cost
Comment by Randy Halyk on 23rd July 2010
Beautiful signs and they certainly will add to the enjoyment of our walkways, especially for the tourists that are fishing on the River and down the Channel but seldom use the walkways, and the District of Kitimat Economic Promotion & Investor Services believes that they have an insight into tourism.
Where was Economic Promotion & Investor Services when the Community needed her most? Certainly not working to save jobs at Eurocan by trying to find investors instead we had to hire an outside consultant. What exactly does this department do?
Yes she was always there to help a small group intent on finding ways to bring retirees to town. If the last industrial business closes we will desperately need that service, does she know something we donít?
Presently we suffer with a lack of amenities, nothing to attract tourists other than Fish, A hospital in danger of being downsized to a first aid station, landlords that make it impossible for new business to establish and grow because of exorbitant lease rates, and now only one marina that is packed to the eyeballs.
I believe the city fathers need to be deeply involved in all aspects of economic development and not put into the unenviable position that affords them no oversight but just a cursory picture provided by this department that is filtered to reflect the views of at best the administration and at worst on woman.
Kitimat could be so much more!
I believe we are on the right track with the Council becoming involved with important economic issues when the Economic Promotion & Investor Services department was too busy with signs and retirement to get involved with the truly pressing issues facing Kitimat.
I have tried to move a number of ideas through council and have been met with a belief that the status quo is the safe way and keeping what we know is best. Well innovation may be scary to some but without it our society would still be in the Stone Age.
Itís time to revamp economic development in Kitimat.