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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Woodfibre

Woodfibre
Woodfibre is located on the north side of Howe Sound directly across from Darrell Bay. Darrell Bay is situated near Shannon Falls which is between Squamish and Britannia Beach on the 'Sea to Sky' Hwy 99.

British Columbia Sulphite Fibre Company
Woodfibre was the site of a large pulp mill that operated up until March 2006 after being started by the British Columbia Sulphite Fibre Company in 1912. Woodfibre was one of the oldest pulp mills in British Columbia and operated for 94 years by a number of companies.

Whalen Pulp and Paper Company
Woodfibre was named by Sir George Bury, the president of the Whalen Pulp and Paper Company in 1920, after it took ownership of the facility from the British Columbia Sulphite Fibre Company in 1917. Then, in 1925, the Whalen Pulp and Paper Company went into receivership with the assets acquired by the then formed B.C. Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd. in 1925.

Various Owners
B.C. Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd. operated the mill from 1925 to 1950. Then, through various partnerships involving Alaska Pine & Cellulose and later Rayonier Inc., Woodfibre operated as a kraft mill until 1980. Then it changed hands from Rayonier and became known as the Squamish Mill. It was next acquired in 1983 by Western Pulp Ltd. to be eventually closed in 2006.

Mount Sedgwick
Woodfibre is also the site for some excellent hiking, especially into the snow-capped Mount Sedgwick. Mount Sedgwick is directly behind Woodfibre and helps provide the water source for a hydro generating plant, which supplied the pulp mill up to 60 megawatts of electrical power.

Mount Roderick Trail
There is a hiking trail that goes up to Mount Sedgwick and, farther back, the Sechelt Ridge and Mount Roderick that start from near the other side of a footbridge that goes across Woodfibre Creek. Unfortunately, due to the ferry from Darrell Bay no longer operating, the trailhead for Mount Roderick is harder to access with either a private boat or water-taxi being required, about a 15-minute ride from Squamish.

Darrell Bay Ferry
For the workers to access the pulp mill, they had to take a ferry across Howe Sound from Darrell Bay, which is right at Shannon Falls to Woodfibre. The ferry aboard the MV Garibaldi II was free and open to the public for travel across to Woodfibre. Unfortunately, because of Woodfibre's closing, the ferry service on the MV Garibaldi II has been stopped.

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Woodfibre Pulp Mill
Woodfibre Pulp Mill

 

Present Day Woodfibre
Present Day Woodfibre

 

Mount Sedgwick
Mount Sedgwick

 

Darrell Bay
Darrell Bay

 

Shannon Falls
Shannon Falls

 
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