CN has repaired and extended its fence to block off access to its property by the Lightering Dock.

Beach access no more

One of the last beach access points on Kaien Island has been fenced off by CN.

One of the last beach access points on Kaien Island has been fenced off.

The strip of beach was once a place where residents were able to take their dogs to the water or go for an evening stroll but the property actually belongs to CN. The company put an end to public access on Thursday, Oct. 6 when it put up a fence.

“CN has repaired and extended existing fencing around its property adjacent to the downtown railyard to deter trespassing on private property, which is illegal and extremely dangerous,” said CN’s spokesperson Kate Fenske in an email.

There were many reactions to the new fence on Facebook, including a statement from Mayor Lee Brain. “I know many in the community have been disappointed to hear that CN has fenced off waterfront access to the piece of beach next to the Rotary waterfront park. While we understand CN’s position that there is a real danger involved with having the public in an area that is potentially unsafe, we believe that there are creative solutions to make the beach safe for public access,” he wrote.

He continued that they City of Prince Rupert has reached out to multiple contacts at CN for the past few years to maintain the beach access for this area.

“Our offer for city staff to work with CN’s environmental team to analyze and develop remediation options for the site stands, and we hope that CN will work with us so that we can retain this small stretch of beach,” Brain wrote.

Although, the city doesn’t have jurisdiction over the area, Brain said the city is committed to increasing waterfront access in the areas they can control, such as the breakwater at Cow Bay Marina, and they “are looking at improvements to be made in other public areas as well.”

Just Posted

VIDEO and story: Totem pole raised on Lelu after LNG project falls

More than 100 people came to the pole raising on Lelu Island after the end of Pacific NorthWest LNG

Prince Rupert’s Got Talent returning to the stage

The city’s young performers will put their talent on display Oct. 21

Hockey arena is safe despite ammonia use

City says the use of ammonia in refrigeration systems poses no threat to the public

VIDEO and story: Heart of Our City — Join the club

Trish Banighen keeps a full schedule in Prince Rupert

Wolverine’s first open house

Questions answered on the Prince Rupert Fuels Service project for the port

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

Most Read