Back in 1864, when the Ellen Lewis began this chapter in B.C. history, the commodity being shipped was lumber and while that remains a dominant export, other products are leaving our shores for other destinations. Items such as pulp, paper, coal and metals are important as are a growing list of manufactured and highly valued agri-food products. As well, made in B.C. items such as submarines, ultra-deep-sea diving suits, state-of-the-art computer-mapping technology, aerospace equipment, electronic communication, battery technology, and trucks and other heavy equipment all find their way to Asia.
Our politicians work hard to expand economic, cultural and business ties with the Pacific Rim. For example, the expansion of the Vancouver International Airport in the nineties made it a leading North American hub for the Pacific Rim and the Port of Vancouver itself is presently going through an expansion. This will further solidify Vancouver's claim as North America's major West Coast transportation clearing house for imports and exports.
To many the Pacific Rim means Asia but it is much more than that. A new era has dawned on this major region of the Rim and markets on the Pacific coast of South America are opening. I am pleased to read this province is taking advantage of this new economic opportunity.
This journey started before Vancouver was incorporated and I can see it continuing in various forms for eons to come.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Pacific Rim, History, Ellen Lewis,Australia, Chuck Davis, Japan, Ashley Ford, China, Singapore