The company was founded in 1974 by Howard and Mary White, and is based in Pender Harbour, a small town on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. Harbour mainly publishes books on British Columbian history, culture, wildlife and environment. To date, Harbour has published over 600 titles. Harbour Publishing is the exclusive distributor for Nightwood Editions, Bluefield Books and Lost Moose Books. In 2013, the owners of Harbour acquired Douglas & McIntyre.