Port Edward, British Columbia

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Port Edward
District of Port Edward[1]
Port Edward, British Columbia as seen from across Porpoise Harbour
Port Edward, British Columbia as seen from across Porpoise Harbour
Port Edward is located in British Columbia
Port Edward
Port Edward
Location of Port Edward in British Columbia
Coordinates: 54°14′N 130°17′W / 54.233°N 130.283°W / 54.233; -130.283
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional districtNorth Coast
 • Total168.01 km2 (64.87 sq mi)
 • Total544
 • Density3.2/km2 (8.4/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
Highways Hwy 16 (TCH)

The District of Port Edward is a district municipality of approximately 577, located in the Range 5 Coast Land District of British Columbia, Canada. It is situated on the Tsimpsean Peninsula, near the southern end of Chatham Sound, close to the mouth of the Skeena River, 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Prince Rupert.[2]


Northwest of Port Edward is the City of Prince Rupert, northeast of Port Edward is the City of Terrace, while the cities of Kitimat and Prince George are to the east.


At one time sustained by the numerous canneries in the area, transportation and construction are now the mainstays of the local economy. The Port Edward Harbour Authority provides annual moorage for over 2000 vessels annually.[3] Tourism is also important, with the North Pacific Cannery providing both a living museum and national heritage site within Port Edward.[4]

Pacific Northwest LNG (PNW LNG) had been proposed for Lelu Island, adjacent to the townsite of Port Edward. The project was a major joint-venture between Malaysia's state oil and gas company, Petronas, and significant partners including Sinopec and JAPEX. This $11 billion (CAD) project, if constructed, would have brought significant economic activity to Port Edward. The project was cancelled on July 25, 2017.[5]


  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Port Edward". BC Geographical Names.
  3. ^ "Port Edward Harbour Authority". Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  4. ^ "North Pacific Cannery". Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  5. ^ "Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Port Edward, B.C. no longer proceeding". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-07-25.

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