Backwoods Energy Services was incorporated as Backwoods Contracting Ltd. in 1986.Throughout the 1980′s, Backwoods was a medium sized tree-planting contractor that specialized in remote locations along the North Western coast of British Columbia. In the 1990′s, Backwoods began to diversify into other forestry related services such as silviculture surveying, traversing, manual brushing and selective harvesting. Business flourished, and by the end of the decade Backwoods had become the largest forestry services contractor in North Western British Columbia. With the softening of the timber markets in the early 2000’s, Backwoods transitionedits assets and proven management structure into the North Western Albertan energy industry.
For the past decade, Backwoods has served a number of major energy companies, includingPembina Pipelines, Pengrowth, PennWest, Perpetual Energy, TransCanada Pipelines, Kinder Morgan, Alliance Pipeline, Husky Oil, Velvet Energy, Suncor, AMEC Engineering, Teck Coal, Sherritt International and many more.
In late 2014, Alexis Group of Companies Inc., an entity owned by the Treaty 6 Alexis NakotaSioux Nation, acquired a majority ownership position in Backwoods Energy Services.