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.