Kitimat Whale Trail
Kitimat Whale Trail sign
Kitimat Whale Trail - Gazebo
4935 Kitamaat Village Rd
Monday -Friday 7 AM - 5 PM
Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 3 PM
Boat Launch, Restrooms, Wheelchair Accessible
Kitimat is located at the head of the Douglas Channel on the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. The waters here are rich with marine life. While soaking in the natural beauty of the area, make sure to keep your eyes peeled. You might have the opportunity to see the misty blows from humpback whales, the tall dorsal fins of killer whales (orcas), elusive harbour porpoise, curious harbour seals, or even roaring Steller sea lions.
You’ll have a chance to see whales directly from the marina, but make sure to also check out the 15 minute walk north to the gazebo for more fantastic views!
Douglas Channel is home to numerous whale species that come here to feed in the nutrient rich waters. Resident killer whales are attracted to the salmon running in the Kitimat River, while humpback whales, harbour porpoises, and Pacific white-sided dolphin come in search of herring. Humpback whales are known to corral herring using a technique called bubble-net feeding. Keep your eyes open for the characteristic ring of bubbles followed by an explosive burst as the animals trap their prey near the surface and take massive gulps in an exciting display.