Natural gas has been a part of Canada's energy mix since it was first discovered in New Brunswick in 1859. In 1883, natural gas was discovered in southeast Alberta. Canada's first offshore discovery was made south of Sable Island, Nova Scotia, in 1967.
Today about 30 per cent of Canada's entire energy needs are met by natural gas. It is abundant, relatively easy to transport through pipelines and burns more cleanly than other hydrocarbons. Because of these properties, natural gas has become an important fuel for residential, commercial and industrial applications.
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories and Yukon all have natural gas resources.