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Learn More About Northern Building Supply Ltd

Northern Building Supply Ltd was established more than sixty years ago by Bert Thomas. He bought an old sawmill in the area and turned it into one of the city’s most unique, privately owned lumber yards. During the post-World War II boom, Bert evolved into a young entrepreneur. He bought other lumberyards and hauled lumber with his new business called “Northern Cartage” Today, the company is one of the largest, privately-held, single-location building supply outlets.

A Family-Owned Business

The company is a family-owned business in every sense of the word. After Bert's passing in 2010, his three sons Alex, Gord, and John, now overlook the day-to-day operations. Bert’s grandchildren, daughters-in-law, and other relations can also be found working here. Affectionately known as “Northern”, most of the company’s forty plus employees have worked here for more than twenty years.

Northern's complex is vast, which spans to a total area of 3.2 hectares. It is located just two blocks east of the Knight Street Bridge off Marine Drive. Bert, who had a keen eye for business, acquired the complex to provide a home for many smaller businesses.

Our Mission

Northern Building Supply Ltd has evolved over the years to become the most trusted name in building supplies in Vancouver. We strive to make sure that:

  • All our customers get what they need at a competitive price

  • Our experienced staff provides quality service and knowledgeable advice

  • We provide prompt, professional delivery so that your order is available when and where you need it

Northern Building Supply Ltd is an active member of the Building Supply Dealers Association Of British Columbia. We have been delivering prompt, professional service to West Coast Contractors for three generations. For more information regarding the building supplies and related products, contact us now.


Local Lumber Yard and Hardware Store

" Local Canadian family-run lumber yard and hardware store with excellent service and selection. Northern Building Supply Ltd is, by far, the best supplier that I work with on a daily basis. Their staff is knowledgeable, efficient, and a pleasure to work with and their prices are unbeatable. Do yourself a favour and stop wasting time and money elsewhere. "

- Josh H.


Reliable Lumber Yard in BC

" Best Independent Lumber Yard in BC hands down. I can’t say enough good things about Northern Building Supplies and their staff. Our customer services are second to none. My company Tom Wood Contracting says thank you Northern Building Supply Ltd for your continued support and exemplary service! "

- Vernon D.


Professional Staff

" This is the best run small business ever! Awesome staff! "

- Julius S.


Honest and Friendly Staff

" Great company and friendly staff. I would recommend them and definitely use them again "

- Deanne L.

Contact Information

Northern Building Supply Ltd
1640, East Kent Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V5P 2S7

Phone: 604-321-6141

Fax: 604-321-3410

Email: - General Inquiry - Owner/Managers - Owner/Managers - Operations/Purchasing - Contractor Sales


Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Closed on Saturday and Sunday


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Service Area

  • Lower Mainland with delivery service from Whistler to Chilliwack

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