Vancouver Port is the leading port in British Columbia and 3rd largest in Canada after Prince Rupert in the west and Churchill in the north dating back in the 1950’s.
Factors for development of Vancouver port
- Deep waters favoring sailing of ships
- Natural harbor for easy landing, loading and off-loading of goods.
- Well sheltered harbor against strong winds and waves
- Development of fishing in the region acting as an export port
- Dense temperate forests nearby favoring ship building industries
- Abundant power for domestic and industrial use
- Improved transport and communication networks like road and railway
- Increasing industrialization like metal smelting, fish canning, saw mills, oil refineries, etc
- Flat land of the Fraser delta and Fraser valley linking to the interior
- Opening of the Panama canal in 1914 for exporting timber and grain