Kitimat Ranges

The Kitimat Ranges are one of the three main subdivisions of the Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, the others being the Pacific Ranges to the south and the Boundary Ranges to the north.

Kitimat Ranges
French: Chaînons Kitimat
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Lax Kw'alaams backdropped by Mount McNeil
Highest point
PeakHowson Peak
Elevation2,759 m (9,052 ft)[1]
Coordinates53°50′N 128°30′W / 53.833°N 128.500°W / 53.833; -128.500
Area62,777 km2 (24,238 sq mi)
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Kitimat Ranges as defined in S. Holland Landforms of British Columbia
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Range coordinates53°49′59″N 128°30′05″W / 53.83306°N 128.50139°W / 53.83306; -128.50139[2]
Parent rangeCoast Mountains


The Kitimat Ranges, rising behind Kitimat, British Columbia

The Kitimat Ranges lie between the Nass River and Portland Inlet in the north[2] and the Bella Coola River and Burke Channel on the south, and are bounded on their east by the Hazelton Mountains and include the mountainous islands of the North Coastal Archipelago, as well as King Island, which lies between Dean Channel and the aforesaid Burke Channel. Some of those islands are part of a separate formation known as the Coastal Trough.[3][4]

Although lower than the neighbouring Pacific Ranges to the south, they are in some ways more rugged, and are heavily indented by coastal inlets as well as by fjord-like lake valleys on the Interior side of the range.




Rivers within or originating in, or which transit the Kitimat Ranges, are:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kitimat Ranges -". Retrieved 2021-11-26.
  2. ^ a b "Kitimat Ranges". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  3. ^ "S. Holland, Landforms of British Columbia, Province of British Columbia, 1976, p. 41" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  4. ^ "Map from Bulletin 48: Landforms of British Columbia" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-04-26.