Celebrating Kitimat’s 60th

Events take place on March 31, but more things are planned for throughout the year.

On March 31, this little town turns 60, or at least that’s when it became incorporated.

Kitimat is a very unique town, designed from the ground up in a very specific way. It’s had it’s ups and downs, but as it celebrates its birthday the community is going to go all-out.

The real thrust of celebrations will take place on Kitimat’s birthday-proper March 31.  It promises to be a busy day.   Throughout the afternoon there will be free access at both the Riverlodge Recreation Centre and the Tamitik Jubilee Sports Complex, which includes free open gym, swimming and skating.  Also don’t forget to have a piece of the birthday cake at either facility.   A day’s worth of family activities will conclude with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. at the Riverlodge.

But that’s really only the beginning. Working quietly behind the scenes is a 60th Anniversary Committee who have organized a year’s worth of 60th anniversary celebration.  For instance keep an eye out on Canada Day for the 60th Anniversary float, a special tribute to six decades of Kitimat.  Students are also being reached out to, and those with a Spielberg-flair will be invited to submit a short video about life in Kitimat.  Prizes will go to the top voted films and depending on the number of submissions there may be a special film screening at Mount Elizabeth Theatre.

In late July there will be two nights of outdoor movies at the Riverlodge Soccer Field (Tamitik Arena if there is rain).  There are also planned heritage hikes around town.

The year of celebrations will conclude in October when Kitimat’s top and notable citizens will be recognized at a special event.