Kitsumkalum First Nation and Canadian
National Railway (CN) representatives celebrated the official opening of a new rail spur to the Kitsumkalum Rock Quarry operations.
The 3 kilometre rail spur provides access to the CN main line enabling products to move from the Kitsumkalum Rock Quarry 5 kilometres west of Terrace to market.
Kitsumkalum Chief Councilor, Don Roberts, commented:
“The decision to invest in the construction of the new spur demonstrates Kitsumkalum’s commitment to its business growth and development opportunities in northwest BC. With several major projects planned for the region, construction demands will require high volumes of quality rock. Kalum Quarry is now positioned to meet that rising demand over the long term.”
The official opening of the rail spur, which took place at Kitsumkalum 3531 Kalum Rd West in Terrace, began with a locomotive entering the quarry for a ribbon cutting ceremony and included a bus tour. Kitsumkalum hereditary chiefs, community members, CN representatives, local, provincial and federal political and business leaders joined in celebrating the new rail spur.
Kitsumkalum First Nation owns Kalum Quarry Ltd. Partnership. The business stems from a deal reached years ago between CN and Kitsumkalum to purchase rocks from the band to be used as ballast for the company’s railways.
Beyond the rail ballast, research on the rock determined it could also be used for making cement aggregate and road base material to sell locally. In addition to aggregate extraction, 110 acres of land located next to the pit will be cleared for the purposes of a logistics park.
Kitsumkalum First Nation is one of the 14 bands of the Tsimshian nation of British Columbia located just west of the city of Terrace.
More information about Kitsumkalum is available at www.kitsumkalum.bc.ca
More information about the quarry and logistics park is available atwww.kalumquarry.com
Chief Councilor Don Roberts poses with CN Official.
Kitsumkalum Elder, Mildred Roberts, mother of Chief Councilor Don Roberts.