What North America’s pipeline network looks like today

Pipelines are an important part of our country’s critical infrastructure, and impact many areas of our daily lives.  They’ve played a major role throughout Canada’s history and will continue to be important into our future.

Fact: Canada’s transmission pipeline network is more than three times the length of Canada’s national highway system.

Fact: If laid end-to-end, there are enough underground natural gas and liquids pipelines in Canada to circle the Earth at the equator 20 times!

For most Canadians these pipelines operate invisibly. Day in and day out they transport the energy we rely on.

So what exactly does this network of pipelines look like? Check out these illustrations (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.