Edmonton is connected to major ports and logistic hubs throughout Canada, the US and internationally by road, rail and air.
Edmonton has major road, rail, air and pipeline infrastructure making it globally competitive as a logistics and transportation hub.
The transportation of goods between multiple transportation modes is processed effectively, and the Edmonton Region has a wide range of domestic and international logistics support.
Within the city, the Anthony Henday Drive ring road links Edmonton to major highways and intermodal services like Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific rail.
The city is strategically positioned to access oil and gas operations in Fort McMurray (Highway 63) and Grande Prairie (Highway 43).
Edmonton has access through the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast (Yellowhead Highway), and is the most Northern Connection for accessing Mexico through the United States (Canamex Highway).
Edmonton is linked to the transcontinental freight Class 1 rail system. The Greater Edmonton Region operates 16 rail intermodal and storage facilities out of the city.
Canadian National Railway’s (CN) Walker Yard is the largest rail yard in Western Canada (50 city blocks) and it is just off the Yellowhead Highway and Anthony Henday Drive. CN also operates a major intermodal facility in the north west corner of the city with easy access to the Yellowhead Highway and Anthony Henday Drive.
Canadian Pacific (CP) rail has an intermodal facility located on a 240 acre site, close to Edmonton International Airport, with easy access to Highway 2 South. Both CP and CN rail are investing millions of dollars in upgrading their abilities and lines to support the increase in demand driven growth.
17 different airlines serve Edmonton International Airport (EIA), along with five integrated couriers, one independent cargo handler, 20 freight forwarders and five cargo-handling terminals with coolers and freezers.
EIA has more than 60 non-stop connections to Canada, the US and international destinations. The airport is well situated to major highways such as the CANAMEX corridor, connecting Alaska to Mexico, and the Yellowhead Trans-Canada Highway, connecting Canada from the East to the West.
Freight linkages between Edmonton and international markets have grown recently with direct, non-stop air service to Reykjavik and Amsterdam in addition to the existing London Heathrow service.
Pipelines in Canada offer market access to the pacific, gulf coast and Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States.
Although Alberta is physically land-locked, the national highway and railway systems connect it to many of the country's major ports. These ports are vital links in Canada’s transportation system and are essential to international trade and commerce. Edmonton is connected to:
The Port of Metro Vancouver is one of Edmonton’s most significant gateways to the global marketplace. It is the fourth largest by tonnage port in North America, offering 28 major marine terminals, three Class 1 railways including Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) rail, and a full range of facilities and services provided by the international shipping community. It is estimated that almost 95% of the port’s total volume serves Canadian import and export markets.
The Port of Prince Rupert Container Terminal is an ultra-modern, high capacity container facility connected to the North American continent by CN’s network. It is the closest port to Asia by up to 58 hours of sailing time compared to any other North American west coast port. Recently, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced the completion of the Port of Prince Rupert’s $90 million Road, Rail & Utility Corridor (RRUC), unlocking new terminal developments and market access for Canadian exporters.
The Port of Kitimat is third largest deep water port on the west coast and the proposed location for a major LNG marine terminal re-gasification facility and tank farm.
Eastern Canada is accessible from Edmonton, with CN providing access to Quebec, Montreal, Moncton, and Halifax. The Port of Halifax is central to Canada’s trade activity with Europe, Africa and the Middle East.