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Kitwanga (also called Gitwangak) is a small village located in the North Coast-Nechako region of British Columbia.


Map of Kitwanga

Kitwanga is a very small indigenous community, located where the Kitwanga River converges with the Skeena River in Northern British Columbia. Kitwanga located within the territory of the Gitxsan Nation, which is the governing body for the village. Kitwanga features numerous ancient totems and is considered one of the best places in BC to see authentic totem poles. Kitwanga is also the southern terminus of the Stewart-Cassiar Highway.

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By car[edit]

Kitwanga is located where Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) intersects with Highway 37 (Stewart-Cassiar Highway).

Along Highway 16, Kitwanga is about 1 hour northeast of Terrace and 5½ hours west of Prince George. The area is in the northern mountains so extra precautions should be taken during the winter.

Highway 37 connects to the Yukon Highway 1 (Alaska Highway); taking the route, as opposed to the entire Alaska Highway which starts in Dawson Creek, can save about 210 km (130 mi) for travellers coming from southern British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest.

On the Yellowhead Highway, there is mobile wireless coverage along the corridor west of Kitwanga, but gaps for stretches between Terrace and Kitwanga, and gaps for stretches between Terrace and Prince Rupert.

On Stewart-Cassiar Highway (Highway 37), Kitwanga and near Watson Lake, Yukon, about 720 km km away, there is no mobile wireless service due to few tiny communities along the way. Near this corridor, there is mobile wireless service in Stewart, but Stewart is a 60 km drive from Highway 37.

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See also: Rail travel in Canada

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Totem poles in Kitwanga


  • 1 Kitwanga Mountain Provincial Park. After a steep climb to the top of Kitwanga Mountain, visitors are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Seven Sisters mountain range. Kitwanga Mountain Provincial Park (Q6418668) on Wikidata Kitwanga Mountain Provincial Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 Seven Sisters Provincial Park & Protected Area. Offers a wide variety of existing and potential recreational activities. Hiking and snowmobiling are two popular front-country and back-country activities. Seven Sisters Provincial Park and Protected Area (Q117303682) on Wikidata Seven Sisters Provincial Park and Protected Area on Wikipedia


  • 1 Kitwanga General Store, 1587 Kitwanga Rd N, +1 250-849-5587. For basic groceries and supplies.


  • 1 N & V Johnsons Restaurant (Jct Hwy 16 & 37), +1 250-849-5796.


Additional accommodations are located in New Hazelton (35 minutes east) or Terrace (1 hour west).


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Routes through Kitwanga
Prince RupertTerrace  W  E  New HazeltonJasper
Prince RupertTerrace  W  E  New HazeltonPrince George
KitimatTerrace  S  N  Stewart via Watson Lake

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