British Columbia Share on Facebook Share on Twitter British Columbia’s rich cranberry history began in the mid-1800s, when the berries were traded and packaged into barrels each weighing 100 pounds (a measure still in use today) to be shipped to San Francisco for sale. Commercial cultivation of the tiny berries first began in BC in the 1940s. Today more than 80 families produce cranberries in British Columbia. They’re all located in the fertile lower Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island. Ocean Spray owns and operates two receiving facilities in the area at Langley and Richmond.