Woodfibre, British Columbia

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Woodfibre, originally Britannia West,[1] was a pulp mill and at one time a small town, on the west side of upper Howe Sound near Squamish, British Columbia. The mill closed in March 2006.


In 1912, a mill opened at the site where Mill Creek empties into Howe Sound. The townsite of Woodfibre was soon constructed at the remote location, which was accessible only by boat. Until the 1960s, whole families lived, worked and were partially educated at Woodfibre. At that time, the townsite began to be demolished, and families moved to other nearby communities such as Squamish and Britannia Beach.[2] Mill owner Western Forest Products provided ferry service, by way of the MV Garibaldi II, an identical design to smaller BC Ferries, until the mill's closure in 2006.

28 Jan 2013 Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF) ("Western" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement for the sale of its former Woodfibre Pulp Mill site for the purchase price of $25.5 million. The site, consisting of 212 acres of industrial waterfront land, is located at the head of Howe Sound, southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. Closing of the sale is subject to certain conditions, and Western will be responsible for satisfactorily remediating the property to applicable environmental standards prior to closing the sale. The net proceeds from the sale are expected to be approximately $17 million -Marketwire Canada

In 2015 the site is undergoing an environmental assessment for use as a liquefied natural gas plant. [3]

Hydroelectric Dam[edit]

In operation since 1947, it generates 2.6 MW of electricity with a single pelton wheel.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Woodfibre". BC Geographical Names. 
  2. ^ "Woodfibre". Encyclopedia Of British Columbia. Harbour Publishing. 2000
  3. ^ http://www.woodfibrelng.ca/
  4. ^ http://www.industcards.com/hydro-canada-bc.htm

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Coordinates: 49°39.8′N 123°15.3′W / 49.6633°N 123.2550°W / 49.6633; -123.2550