Acton Ostry Architects

Rich in cultural iconography, the Klemtu ferry terminal is a gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest: an important eco-tourism destination for the remote Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation that is home to the rare, white-coated 'Spirit Bear.' Feature components include a spectacular canoe gateway that tells the legend of the creation of the Kitasoo Xai’xais peoples, a cedar plank-clad and crest-covered waiting building, a welcome totem pole by famed master carver Tom Hunt, a spinning salmon wind vane, a carved and painted wood medallion for the local Spirit Bear Lodge and concrete lock-block walls embellished with relief sculptures of salmon and herring. The opening of the new ferry terminal was celebrated with a traditional dedication ceremony and a feast hosted by the Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation.


Klemtu Ferry Terminal


Klemtu, BC


Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation, SNC-Lavalin






dedication ceremony


LEED Gold equivalent

awards & recognition

Premier’s Award for Innovation and Excellence
Northern BC Building Best of Show Award
Northern BC Building Excellence Award


Spirit Bear Lodge medallion

Our government is proud to support this important project which helps connect Canada’s First Nation communities, promotes tourism and boosts economic activity within the region.

Hon. James Moore, MP

Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages


Kitasoo Xai’xais heriditary chiefs


salmon and herring relief sculpture lock-block walls


welcome totem


waiting building and salmon wind vane


traditional crests


viewing balcony


waiting room interior

The new ferry terminal means it will be easier and safer for Klemtu residents to access education, as well as to deliver our fish and other products to market. Klemtu is the gateway to the Spirit Bear and we welcome the world to visit us.

Chief Councillor

Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation