Sumgas Creek Restoration


This spring, LNG Canada will begin a restoration project on Sumgas Creek.

This construction will enhance local habitat, improve public pathways and enjoyment of the area. The enhancements will restore the creek to its natural state prior to it being altered in the 1950’s.

Community safety during the construction is LNG Canada’s top priority. Prior to construction, we are reaching out to Kildala Elementary School, Kitimat First Baptist Church and all adjacent residents.

If you have any questions, contact us at:
[email protected]


Mid-February 2023

Tree clearing begins



Some of the trees and vegetation will be cleared out along Sumgas Creek beginning in February. A portion of trees behind First Canada will be retained as no work will be done in that area. This clearing must happen prior to the bird nesting season to limit the impact to local nesting birds. Once the project is complete, there will be significant tree and vegetation replanting along the construction area.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is happening to Sumgas Creek?

    Sumgas Creek was altered in the 1950s, making it impassable to fish swimming upstream. There are currently 10 barriers between Haisla Blvd and Kuldo Blvd restricting fish passage. The Sumgas Creek Restoration Project will remove those barriers and return Sumgas Creek to a more natural state and allow fish to once again have upstream access. In addition, the project will include a number of improvements for public enjoyment, including pathway reconstruction, the addition of three benches, increased lighting and improved access for maintenance activities.

    This Is an LNG Canada project and therefore no tax dollars are being used to fund it.

  • What are you doing to ensure the safety of the community during construction?

    Safety is LNG Canada's top priority.

    Extensive fencing and signage will protect and inform the public at all times during Sumgas Creek Restoration Project work. Some pathways will also be closed as work progresses; these closures will be clearly identified. We ask community members to respect all safety barriers and to keep a safe distance from the area during our restoration work. The chain link fence near Kildala Elementary will be replaced once the restoration work is completed.

    Security staff will be on-site during each phase of the project and will be monitoring 24 hours a day during construction.

  • Will local wildlife be impacted?

    All efforts will be made to minimize impacts to local wildlife. The Sumgas Creek Restoration Project team includes a professional biologist.

    Beavers: The project team is aware of potential beaver activity and has plans in place to respond.

    River otters: A biologist will be a part of the team and will look for denning sites and take appropriate action.

    Birds: Tree clearing will take place in the creek areas where project work will take place. Riparian vegetation will be replanted, including spruce and cedar. Various brush species will be included; however berry species will not be replanted as they are a known bear attractant.

    Toads, Salamanders and Lizards: The project team will have amphibian salvage staff available to relocate various amphibians to nearby habitats while restoration work is underway. Once work is completed, the various species will be able to return into the habitat.

  • Will the public still be able to use the pathways?

    During the restoration work, some of the pedestrian pathways will be closed at different times but we will make every effort to avoid disruptions. All closures will be indicated with clear signage detailing detours. The pedestrian bridge will remain in place along with the concrete walls and fence.

  • How will storm drainage and water runoff be managed?

    Water volumes will not change as the restoration works will not alter catchment or drainage areas. The restoration design will ensure flow velocities are within acceptable limits. There will be no change to current downstream water levels.


Additional Questions?

Email [email protected] with the subject: Sumgas Creek

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