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REPORTING · 13th April 2012
Walter McFarlane
On March 31st, the Kitiamt Snowmobile and Hikers Club opened the new cabin on Clague Mountain. Invited guests were present to receive recognition for their involvement in the project.

Present were the District of Kitimat, Rio Tinto Alcan, The Haisla First Nations, the Ministry of Forest and Range and Canadian Helicopters.

“The cabin was built as part of a project known as the Clague Mountain Restoration Project which was (and still is) a project aimed at improving access to the Clague Mountain alpine for the purposes of recreation by restoring the existing trail and replacing the existing Snowmobilers cabin built in the late 90's,” said Chad Fournier

Martin Gould, head of the District of Kitimat Leisure Services said the project began back in 2009.

Fournier stated the driving force behind the project was also creating jobs constructing it. The cabin was also funded by a Job Opportunity Grant which employed displaced forestry workers.

The cabin was built by both Haisla First Nations and members of the Kitiamt Snowmobile and hikers club. It is for use by people who go up Clague Mountain.

“The cabin's primary function is for day use and for use as a warming hut. It can, however, be used for overnight stays,” said Fournier. “The cabin is open to hikers in the summer and snowmobilers / ATVers in the winter.”

Fournier reminds everyone that the area is off limits to ATVs and other motorized vehicles in the Spring, Summer and Fall. He asked anyone interested in using the cabin to purchase an annual trail pass.

”The cabin is always open and for day use there is no system to be followed. For overnight stays there is a reservation policy and small fee to again assist with maintenance and upkeep. Overnight reservations can be made through Phil's Mobile Service in Kitimat,” said Fournier.

Gould added the cabin is also there for hikers who become lost while on Clague Mountain.

”It's been said many times but this cabin would not have been possible without the help from numerous businesses, groups, and individuals. Special thank you goes out everyone involved,” said Fournier.

All pictures courtesy of the Kitimat Snowmobile and Hiking Club.
Comment by LINDA HALYK on 22nd April 2012
$15,000 would have been a nice investment in Kitimat community, Don't you think?
Cabin Clague Mountain
Comment by CEM on 20th April 2012
It is wonderful to see what can happen when all groups work together. Congratulations to the Snowmobile and Hiking Club.