Kitsault, British Columbia, Canada

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday.

In 1979, on the northeastern coast of British Columbia, a quaint little town called Kitsault was founded by U.S. Mining Group Phelps Dodge to support the production of a metal called molybdenum.  It housed 1700 residents, and boasted a hospital, community centre, movie theatre, and a grocery store.

By 1982, the price of molybdenum crashed and a mere 18 months later, Kitsault was abandoned, leaving behind a pristine ghost town with a library full of books,  a community centre full of exercise equipment–and hydro.

In 2004, businessman Krishnan Suthanthiran purchased the town for 5.7 million, sight unseen, with the intention of turning it into  “an eco-tourist destination or an artist’s colony.”  In the meantime, the town sits, unoccupied and ethereal in its abandoned beauty.*

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Library in Kitsault

Library in Kitsault, complete with books.

 

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Menu from 1980. Chips were only a $1.00.

 

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Pool in the community centre.

 

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Expensive exercise equipment in the community centre.

 

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Office supplies left behind.

 

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Decor from the 70’s still adorn houses in Kitsault

 

Abandoned houses in Kitsault.

Abandoned houses set against the beautiful forest backdrop of British Columbia.

* photos courtesy Chad Graham

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5 thoughts on “Kitsault, British Columbia, Canada

  1. I know what you mean. Why does every-one slide into highdyee holes as woon as they are recognized as a nieighbor? Too lat etonight for heavy thinking but I wouldn’t let a stranger insid emy house. … 😀

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