Port North Fraser handles cargoes moving between the coastal communities of British Columbia. It is an important link in the transport of logs harvested in British Columbia’s coastal forests. It was a base for lumber and plywood mills before it became a federal harbor, and it continues to be an important storage area for logs that supply the Fraser River mills.
In 2008, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority was formed when three mainland port authorities (including the Port North Fraser Authority) on the lower Fraser River were combined. The combined authorities then renamed their organization to Port Metro Vancouver.
In 2007, Port North Fraser handled over 10.3 million tons of cargo, over 60% of which (6.5 million tons) was wood fiber. Other major cargo categories were aggregates (2.1 million tons) and wood by-products (1.1 million tons).
The North Fraser is a working river, but it also offers many opportunities for fun. The natural setting invites outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, boating, bird watching, cycling, and jogging.
Fraser River habitat supports many unique species of fish, birds, and animals. The river’s white sturgeon is the last wild population of this fresh water fish in North America. Desiring to protect the white sturgeon, the North Fraser Port Authority was the first organization in Canada to establish a habitat bank to assure that waterfront development projects develop habitat in other areas.