Klemtu is now on the tourism and economic map thanks to a new ferry terminal that officially opened on August 12.
“The new ferry terminal at Klemtu will provide greater economic opportunity for the community and will benefit the whole region,” said North Coast MLA Gary Coons.
“It was an honour to participate and acknowledge the importance of this piece of transportation infrastructure. The Kitasoo/Xai’Xais have been working on this for decades and it’s great to see it come to fruition. ”
Many nations from near and afar, and friends, were there to support the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation who hosted a fabulous feast for the hundreds of guests and visitors.
58 elders, singers, dancers and drummers came all the way from Gitxaala Nation to perform and wow the 100’s of people in attendance.
North Coast MLA Gary Coons and MP Denise Savoie (Victoria) were on hand to help cut the cedar ribbon with MC Ross Neasloss and respected elder Violet Neasloss…( Violet Neasloss at 97 is the last fluent speaker of the southern Tsiamshian dialect.)
Also unveiled was a canoe and a totem that welcomes one and all to the gateway of the spirit bear. The terminal project includes a larger ferry berth located in deeper water that accommodates BC Ferries’ 638-passenger capacity vessel Northern Expedition.
“The ship, which plies the popular Inside Passage route, not only provides reliable transportation for coastal residents but also offers visitors an adventure tourism experience and opportunity to view B.C.’s amazing wildlife,” said Coons.
“It also allows the Northern Adventure to have a rest during the winter months and the Expedition to travel the winter waters from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii. This has been a concern for many years, as we have seen a few wild rides on the Northern Adventure due to the weather.”
“It gives the Kitasoo/ Xai’Xais people more reliable and frequent ferry service and brings visitors to this spectacular location that offers unparalleled kayaking, hiking and eco-tours,” Kitasoo/ Xai’Xais Chief Doug Neasloss said.
He anticipates greater economic opportunities for the community.
“The terminal means it will be easier and safer for Klemtu residents to access education, as well as deliver our fish and other products to market. Klemtu is the gateway to the Spirit Bear and we welcome the world to visit us.”