Kitimat will soon have a new walking trail, in the heart of the town, thanks to a group of enterprising, hard-working Kitimat City High School students. Pictured working on the trail are Nick Smith, KCH teacher Patricia Lange, William Stewart, Kadin Balatti, Marcus Faulcon and Maddox Medeiros. Missing from photo are Sid Glover, Jake Webber and Matt Crosby. (Photo Gerry Leibel)

Kitimat City High students build their own hiking trail

The best part is that it’s right next to the school

A group of enterprising Kitimat City High students are building a walking trail, in the heart of Kitimat right next to their school.

The group, under the watchful eye of teacher Patricia Lange, are clearing and preparing a kilometre and a half of trails through the gully on the corner of Lahakas Blvd. and Gyrfalcon Ave, which will include seven bridges and viewing platforms.

The idea for the trail came up last year when the group were discussing a competition to name one of the creeks that run through the gully.

The first consideration was the land on which the gully is located, which belongs to the District of Kitimat.

The group approached the DoK and this year an agreement was signed between the school and the District for the establishment.

The District also donated $1,000 towards the project as well as a commitment to maintain the trail after it is completed.

Lange said the trail is ideal for local residents, especially children, because the hiking trail is surrounded bordered by two roads and existing paved walking paths.

“Parents won’t have to worry about their children going missing on the trail,” said Lange.

There are four streams that run through the gully, two of which merge into one stream flowing out.

She said the students were also discussing plans to install trash cans, a washroom and a picnic area, possibly even a zipline.

The group have a number of activities planned for the walking trail, including frisbee golf and capture-the-flag events.

Entry to the walking trail will be off the sidewalks that surround the gully.

While most of the materials were bought by the group, the students are still appealing to businesses to come forward to assist with the construction of the trail.

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