Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd.

Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd., is strategically located in the Fir, Spruce, and Cedar forests of the North Thompson Valley.


The Smith family has been in the specialty cedar products business for over 60 years. The multi-generational family-run business continues to grow due to sustained customer, supplier, owner, employee, First Nations, and community support. Established in 1955 by Gilbert Smith and his family, GSFP began business as a Cedar pole plant. In 1967, a sawmill was built on the same site and then over the ensuing years continuous improvements, upgrades, and additions have occurred. The driving force behind the early growth and development of the company centered around two brothers, Ted and Carman Smith. Their innovative ideas and initial infrastructure set a strong foundation for the third generation to continue growing the business. In 2004, Greg Smith started in a new role with the company and began his transition into the management team, with the title of President being made official in 2016. Since then, he and his team have led the company forward with a variety of strategies such as a capital investment into the creation of a new Grade Sort Line. As the largest employer in Barriere, GSFP remains committed to supporting the community through scholarships and donations to local causes. In 2018, the Sawmill celebrated 50 years of producing cedar lumber in the North Thompson Valley and looks forward to another successful 50 years to come.