The long (and proud) history of pipelines in Canada

Pipelines are a vital component of Canada’s critical infrastructure. Much like our highways and railways, pipelines have played a key role throughout Canada’s history in contributing to our success as a nation.

We’ve already shown you what North America’s transmission pipeline network looks like today – now, a look back at some of the most important dates in the history of Canada’s pipeline network. (Click to enlarge.)


The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 110,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2011, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.