Western red cedar is one of the most commercially valuable tree species in British Columbia. In addition, it is of significant cultural importance to Northwest Coast First Nations. Western red cedar is a very long-lived species, and evidence of cultural modification to these trees can date back hundreds of years. Western red cedar wood continues to be used for dugout canoes, house planks, bentwood boxes, masks, paddles and many other uses. Traditionally, the inner bark of these trees was used to make rope, clothing, and baskets.
Western red cedar is a very unique species. It is weather resistant and highly resistant to decay, so it is perfectly suited for outdoor applications such as shingles, siding, decking, fencing, and furniture. Western red cedar is also used in ship and boat building. Due to its unique aroma and dimensional stability, it is a preferred material for saunas. NorthPac Forestry Group Ltd. produces many grades of cedar logs which are sold to domestic sawmills.