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FEBRUARY 2017
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The Canadian Business Journal
British Columbia highway system, via Highway
37A, or by air through Stewart Airport. It is part of
the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine but both
Durant and Drury admit it is difficult to have much
in the way of economic interaction between the
communities within that regional district due to
the enormous geographic divide. The airport air-
strip is about 4,000-feet long but its primary value
is for helicopter traffic to support mining explora-
tion in the region as well as smaller planes. There
is no regularly scheduled flight service in or out of
the airport at the moment.
“One of the strategic priorities for Mayor
Durant and Council is to have improved made to
the airstrip and possibly have it expanded so it can
play a more vital role as we move forward. This is
one of the premier heli-skiing areas in the world,”
notes Drury.
“In addition to our mines we also have a
lot of business going through our ports with
some of the forestry logs being shipped to Asia.
Forestry and mining are the two biggest contrib-
utors to our economy,” says Durant.
Ensuring all core services and infrastructure
is modern and up to date enhances the liv-
ability of the community making it that much
more attractive for people to want to make the
investment to develop mines, railroads and new
businesses that are both importing and exporting
raw and finished goods, with a world-class port
being utilized as a tier-one transportation hub.
Logs from the northern region of B.C. go out via
1,2,3,4,5,6 8,9,10,11,12
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