Efficient Transportation Network

Discover British Columbia's transportation advantages. 

Strategically located on Canada’s west coast, British Columbia lies at the commercial crossroads of the Asia-Pacific region and North America. British Columbia has an efficient transportation network, integrating air and marine ports with rail lines and major roads.


British Columbia has more than 39 certified airports, and many heliports, airstrips and water aerodromes, including six international airports and three of Canada’s 10 busiest airports: Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna. When you need to transport perishable goods, we have the capacity to make your connection a quick one.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada’s largest global gateway to Asia and a growing freight distribution hub. More than More than 150 freight forwarders, customs brokers, agents, handlers and carriers  are on-site to make shipping easy through YVR. In 2016, more than 281,000 tonnes of cargo passed through YVR. If you need to ship time-sensitive cargoes – such as British Columbia’s world renowned seafood and agricultural food products – YVR efficiently links you to more than 100 destinations worldwide.

Prince George International Airport (YXS) has Canada’s third-longest commercial runway. It provides convenient refuelling and handling services for wide-body cargo carriers travelling between North America and Asia.

Air Travel Time Vancouver


The shortest distance between North America and Asia is through British Columbia’s ports: Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Stewart, Nanaimo and Port Alberni. A full list of ports in British Columbia can be found here.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified port. Its 27 major marine cargo terminals service international shipping companies that trade in goods with trading economies around the world. Port terminals are connected to three Class 1 rail lines and major highways.
The port’s deep-sea terminals offer Super Post-Panamax capacity and extensive on-dock rail facilities. The port’s freshwater facilities offer integrated services for the automobile and the coastal forest industries, and short sea shipping.
Port Metro Vancouver also serves as a home port for the popular Vancouver-Alaska cruise route.
The Port of Prince Rupert is North America’s deepest natural harbour and the closest bulk and container facility to Asia.
In 2012, Canada and the United States introduced a harmonized approach to screening inbound cargo as a pilot project. The pilot's success has resulted in full time implementation of increased security and expedited movement of secure cargo across the Canada-United States border, under the principle “cleared once, accepted twice.”
CN rail links the Port of Prince Rupert to North America, with the ability to deliver goods to destinations as far away as New Orleans and Mexico. 
Port Infographic Global


British Columbia is served by three continental Class 1 railways. These efficiently connect Vancouver and Prince Rupert ports with all key markets in Canada, the United States and Mexico and with other ports on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico. Canada’s two national rail lines, CN and Canadian Pacific, can move freight from Vancouver to Toronto or Chicago in four days. 


Our major all-weather highway network provides reliable goods transportation from our ports to markets across North America. British Columbia recently invested $5.6 million in improved Canada-United States border infrastructure and information systems to increase the efficient movement of goods and people.
British Columbia has an extensive network of rural resource roads connecting to provincial highways and regional and municipal roads.