KITIMAT, district municipality, pop 8,131 (2016), is at the mouth of the Kitimat R near the head of DOUGLAS CHANNEL on the North Coast. It lies 60 km by highway and rail south of TERRACE, its nearest neighbour. The name is from the TSIMSHIAN word Kitamaat, meaning "people of the snow," a reference to the area's heavy annual snowfall. Long the site of a HAISLA village based on FISHING, it attracted its first white settlers in the 1890s. In about 1906 the GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RWY considered...

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