REPORTING · 26th May 2013
Kitimat has a rich heritage and an interesting history which goes back to its early days. Did you know the now derelict Nechako Centre was once the heart of the community? Do you know which row of houses were featured in National Geographic? Do you know which apartment building burned down before anyone was living there? On Wednesday, May 22nd, Walter Thorn provided a few Kitimat residents with a Heritage Walk around the Nechako Neighbourhood.
“The purpose was to give the community a perspective on the Heart and soul of what Kitimat originally was. The Nechako Centre was the first centre of town and has since migrated to City Centre and other places. We try to give an appreciation of what it used to be and why it was so special,” said Thorn.
Telling the story in the shoes of Audrey Creed, Kitimat’s first Fire Chief, Thorn took the people who were interested in Kitimat’s heritage from the Public Safety Building to Nechako Centre, past Nechako School to Ptarmigan Street.
He has been perfecting this tour for a while, although there is are other routes in town with plenty of history.
“Knowing where you used to be can give you an appreciation of value of what you have now and it certainly gives you perspective on the first boom time and where’d it go,” said Thorn. He explained it helps you to understand the values of the past and how the current values intersect with the values of the present.
Another upcoming tour is a save the sidewalks tour, where the Kitimat Heritage Group will be briefing Council on the other sidewalks around town. It is on June 24th.