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Port activities
The port of Matane comprises several marine installations owned by different entities. Transport Canada owns the commercial wharf, the spur wharf and the West breakwater. The commercial wharf exports mechanical pulp (wood pulp) to international markets and imports pulp wood for local sawmills, as well as oil products, salt and general merchandise. Some vessels also use it as a service wharf. The spur wharf is used to moor laid up and overwintering vessels. Transport Québec owns the East breakwater and the marshalling yard.

Secondary role(s) of facilities
The West breakwater contributes to the protection of the inner structures of the port.

There is no channel between the wharf and navigable waters.

 Marine references

  • Lat. 48o51'30" N
  • Long. 67o34'32" W
  • Nautical chart: no. 1236
  • Tidal range (mean water level): 4.1 m (1)
  • Height of wharf deck: 6.0 m (1)



Storage capacity
: None
: 52,900 m2

  • 9,300 m2 near commercial wharf
  • 40,500 m2 adjacent to commercial wharf

Other facilities (2)

  • Ferry boarding facilities owned by Société des traversiers du Québec
  • Rail ferry facilities belonging to the private company Cogema
  • A small inner breakwater under Fisheries and Oceans jurisdiction
  • Matane shipyard
  • Private shed, property of Terminaux portuaires du Québec used to store wood pulp in transit
  • East breakwater under Transport Québec juridiction

Other nearby marine facilities

  • Port of Rimouski, 91 km away
  • Les Mechins wharf, 45 km away

Navigation features
Accessible year-round
(occasional need for an icebreaker)

Other modes of transportation

  • Highway 132 nearby
  • Railway track located at wharf entrance

Manoeuvring area on wharf
Available width: 22 m

Available services

  • Drinking water
  • Fuel
  • Stevedoring
  • Pilotage
  • Minor repairs

(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 facilitiesCommercial
Berth number123
Length of berths 186.0 m 92.0 m 134.0 m
Depth of berths * 10.0 m 4.9 m 4.0 m
Bearing capacity of loading area *** - - -



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

Communicate with the port/wharf official:

Jean-Pierre Harrison

Office: 418-566-7152
Fax: 418-566-7153
Sentry Box: 418-566-3288


* 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.