Northern Building Supply Ltd.

A Building Supply Retailer

Lumber Yard And Hardware Store

Building Supply Retailer - Hardware StoreLocated in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Northern Building Supply is Vancouver’s most trusted homegrown building supply retailer.

Before you build, find the expert advice and building supplies you’ll need at Northern Building Supply.


 “Call Today, Build Tommorrow”

Phone: (604) 321-6141
Fax: (604) 321-3410

Store Hours

Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Map to Our Location

Easily find Northern just two blocks east of the Knight St. bridge, on Kent Avenue, in Vancouver, BC.

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1640 East Kent Avenue
South Vancouver
B.C. Canada

All The Building Supplies for Your Job

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And other specialized building materials!

Professional Customer Service

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Northern’s staff are experienced industry professionals. Inside our hardware store, and outside in our lumber yard, you will find experts ready to give you advice on your home reno or latest construction  project.

The sales team at Northern are renowned for their many connections throughout the building supply industry. They have the connections to help you find the supplies you need for your job.

Come back and expect to make lasting bonds with our sales team. You will be treated with respect and remembered by name.

Northern’s prices are second to none. Price matching and competitive prices on all products are made for our repeat contractor customers on a daily basis.

Contractors come to Northern for the competitive contractor pricing, expert advice, extensive industry connections, and good friendly service.


Along with being an excellent building supply retailer, Northern offers other services. Check out northern’s extended services.


Delivery Throughout The Lower Mainland

Our trucks travel far and wide to bring you the best service possible. We will travel throughout the lower mainland and beyond.

Services Areas

  • Vancouver
  • Richmond
  • Burnaby
  • Surrey
  • Delta
  • White Rock
  • Coquitlam
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Port Moody
  • Langley
  • Pitt Meadows
  • Abottsford
  • Whistler
  • Point Roberts



In The Beginning.

More than sixty years ago, Bert Thomas founded a Vancouver Institution and named it Northern Building Supply. On his own, and later with his three sons, Bert took an old sawmill and molded it into one of the city’s most unique privately owned lumber yards.

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Bert began his career in the building industry as a teenager. One of his first jobs was buying and selling for Keeley Lumber. With his natural enthusiasm for sales and incomparable work ethic, Bert quickly became Keeley’s best asset.

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”. Eventually, Bert settled down to focus on the growth of his largest yard which would become Northern Building Supply.

Northern has grown to become the city’s largest privately held, single-location building supply outlet.

No Other Place Like It.

Northern Building Supply is a “family” business in every sense of the word. An active participant in the business, Bert Thomas worked six days a week, up until his passing in 2010. His sons: Alex, Gord, and John now oversee the day-to-day operations.

about northern building supply - Old picLocated right on the Fraser River, moorage is also available and is even home to some of the complex’s other rental businesses. Joe’s Salmon Lodge and North Island Lodge dock there and often rent their facilities to catered parties including Northern’s famous Christmas customer appreciation bash.

Affectionately known as “Northern”, most of the company’s forty plus employees have worked there for more than twenty years. Bert’s grandchildren, daughters-in-law, and other relations can also be found working there.Northern’s complex is vast, located just two blocks east of the Knight Street Bridge off of Marine Drive, its total area spans 3.2 hectares. Never one to miss a business opportunity, Bert accommodated the complex to provide a home for many smaller related businesses. Goods and services available from these businesses range from unique antiques, welding fabrication, millwork, architectural design, and even an old-fashioned letterpress printer.

Our Mission.

Northern Building Supply 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.


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Building Supply Dealers Association Of British Columbia