Canada's Pacific Gateway
British Columbia’s ports in Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Stewart, and Vancouver are Asia’s closest ports of entry on the west coast of North America, up to 58 hours closer than the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Canadian ports and airports are seamlessly integrated with road and rail connections to all major U.S. economic centers. British Columbia is the only gateway on the west coast of the Americas served by three transcontinental railways.
Today, Canada’s Pacific Gateway is an integrated, secure, reliable transportation network that includes world-class airports, seaports, railways, roadways and border crossings, bringing Canada and the North American market to Asia and the world.
Canada’s Pacific Gateway is a strong commitment by government and industry partners to make British Columbia’s ports the preferred gateway for Asia-Pacific trade, with the most competitive port system and supply chain on the west coast of the Americas. This commitment builds on Canada’s longstanding and strong cultural and economic ties with Asia. In the emerging new global economy, Canada’s Pacific Gateway is a gateway to the future.
Canada's Northern Transportation Corridor
The Northern Corridor spans over half of continental Canada and reaches well into the heartland of North America south of Chicago, USA. It travels through the lowest elevations of the Americas great continental divide, also known as the “Yellow Head Pass,” and forms the straightest, shortest, flattest route for Asian- North American trade. Three Northern British Columbia ports provide efficient access to this corridor; Kitimat, Stewart and Prince Rupert. Each port offers unique advantages and services that meet the needs of the region and international trade.
Trans-continental rail, Trans Canada Highway and direct air service into international Air Hubs are in place. The corridor services business covered by the North American Free Trade Agreement, through a variety of break bulk and container services in ports operated by governments and those run by private port interests.
The Northern Corridor is less impeded by road closures, significant weather patterns and avalanches than the Southern Canadian corridor. It provides “one less day” shipping advantage to or from Asia compared to all other North American Port locations including Vancouver and all USA pacific Ports.
Existing trade in Kitimat and Prince Rupert include aluminum and paper shipped via privately owned break-bulk terminals, transhipment of petrochemicals through privately owned facilities, barge service and container port services. Growth is expected in energy exports including liquid natural gas, petroleum, and container capacity.
Canadian National Rail (CN Rail) reaches well into the heartland of America with shipping agreements in place with major US rail carriers. CN has made significant investments in the Northern Corridor rail line including extended sidings, upgrades to signal systems, increased bridge and tunnel clearances. The corridor is serviced by five international airports and four northern airports with Prince George offering international services. There are three regional passenger service airports west of Prince George; the Terrace-Kitimat Northwest Regional Airport, the Prince Rupert Regional Airport and the Smithers Regional Airport.