October 14, 2013 6:41 pm
Updated: October 14, 2013 8:01 pm

Pipeline history: Opening of the Trans Mountain pipeline in 1953

Westridge Terminal in Vancouver. Credit: Trans Mountain

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The Trans Mountain pipeline opened in 1953, transporting crude oil and refined products from Alberta to the Westridge terminal in Burnaby.

Crude oil and condensates are shipped south to Washington State and California from the Westridge terminal.

The Westridge terminal has 13 storage tanks, with an overall storage volume of 250,000 m³.

The terminal opened to great fanfare in 1953; here are some photos from opening day:

Westridge Terminal in Vancouver. Credit: Trans Mountain

Westridge Terminal in Vancouver. Credit: Trans Mountain

Westridge Terminal in Vancouver. Credit: Trans Mountain

Vancouver Sun supplement on the opening of the Trans Mountain pipeline:

“Oil of the Rockies” was a 1950s documentary profiling the pipeline. It is posted in four parts:

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