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Cap aux Meules

Port activities
Economic activity in Cap aux Meules harbour is varied and so arranged that each sector is specialized. The commercial wharf is the main point of delivery through which the Islands are provisioned. The commercial wharf No 1 is used both for delivery of oil products and bulk dry cargos. The ferry wharves are used by the ferries that sail between the Islands and the mainland, from Cap aux Meules to Souris (Prince Edouard Island), from Cap aux Meules to Matane (Qc) and from Cap-aux-Meules to Montréal (Qc). It is used by the local people and the tourists, and also by truckers for goods transportation meant for local people, and for exportation of fishing products. The two fishing wharves located in the port serve both offshore and inshore boats as well as a vessel of the Coast Guard Search and Rescue Division. The commercial wharf serves a ferry, the “Ivan Quinn” owned by La Société des traversiers du Québec, that carries goods, tourists and local people to and from Entry Island.

To reserve a place, please call the port administrator at 418-986-3785.

Secondary role(s) of facilities
The breakwater protects the rest of the harbour facilities, a secondary yet vital role.


Channel **
The channel is dredged to a depth between
5.4 and 6.8 meters to meet the needs of commercial traffic, ie to provide navigable
access to the commercial wharf No 1.

Marine references

  • Lat. 47o23' N
  • Long. 61o52' W
  • Nautical charts: nos. 4951 and 4956
  • Tidal range (mean water level): 2.2 m (1)
  • Height of wharf deck: 3.66 m (1)

Parking area capacity
Over 300 vehicles, for the use of ferry crossing between Cap-aux-Meules and Souris.

Storage capacity
Interior: 1,045 m2
Exterior: 3,600 m2

Other facilities (2)
General-purpose slip within the harbour, under juridiction of FOC

Other nearby marine facilities

  • Ferry crossing from Cap-aux-Meules to Entry Island with the IVAN-QUINN, operated by La Société des traversiers du Québec.
  • Marina, owned by le Club nautique de Cap-aux-Meules.
  • Fishing harbour, owned by l'administration portuaire de Cap-aux-Meules.

Navigation features
Accessible year-round

Other modes of transportation
Magdalen Island Airport nearby

Manoeuvring area on wharf

Available services

  • Permanent ramp
  • Drinking water
  • Electrical power (120 , 240)
  • Roll-on/Roll-off ramps

(1) Based on chart datum

(2) Privately owned or other facilities not under the juridiction of Transport Canada but located within the limits of the port or terminal

Physical parameters of facilities

CommercialSpur wharfCommercialFishing wharfFerry wharf

Berth number


Length of berths

140,5 m 82,0 m 36,0 m 18,5 m 12,5 m 12,9 m 36,2 m 146,0 m 156,7 m 27,0 m 91,4 m 132,0 m

Depth of berths*

7,7 m 5,5 m 2,7 m 2,4 m 2,0 m 2,0 m 1,8 m 1,8 to 5,3 m 4,5 m 4,0 m 5,3 m 5,6 m

Bearing capacity of loading area ***

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Bearing capacity of mobile ramp area











57,5 t 62,5 t
















Cathodic protection system in operation at this facility, precautionary
measures to be taken.

Communicate with the port/wharf warden:


Johanne Lebel (Acting)

Office: 418-986-3785
Email: johanne.lebel@tc.gc.c 



* These depths may vary and are only provided as an order of magnitude. They are subject to change and are not to be used for navigational purposes. Mariners should rather consult nautical charts and NOTSHIPs.

** Note
The information contained in this technical description may be inaccurate as a result of changes that have taken place by the time this document is consulted or as a result of legislative or regulatory changes. This information is provided only as a guide and the Government of Canada is not in any way responsible for its accuracy.

*** For more information on the berths' bearing capacities , please contact the port official.