Gaspé | High Seas Maritime Agency ltd
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Port activities
The port of Gaspé (Sandy Beach) was used mainly by Gaspé Mines for unloading copper concentrate for its Murdochville plant and for exporting sulphuric acid. Gaspé Mines ceased operations in 2002 when the plant closed. The facilities also receive shipments of Ultramar and Irving petroleum products for the local market. In 2008, DJL began shipping out aggregates for export to Florida. The wharf is also used to export wind turbine blades from the LM Glassfiber plant in Gaspé. International cruise ships also dock there and shipments of salt for local road de-icing are unloaded. A few fishing vessels use the wharf to land their catches.

Secondary role(s) of facilities
The wharf is located in a harbour which is protected naturally by a sand spit at the entrance to Gaspé Bay.

There is no channel between the wharf and navigable waters.

Marine references

  • Lat. 48o49'32" N
  • Long. 64o26'19" W
  • Nautical charts: nos. 4416 and L/C 4485
  • Tidal range (mean water level): 1.9 m
  • Height of wharf deck: 3.17 m (1)

Storage capacity
Interior: Approximately 127 m2
Exterior: 6,500 m2
No current long term lease

Available services

  • Drinking water
  • Minor repairs
  • Fuel
  • Stevedoring

Other facilities (2)

  • Private shipyard
  • Marina at the mouth of the York River

Other nearby marine facilities

  • Chandler wharf, 85 km southwest
  • Mont-Louis wharf, 115 km northwest

Navigation features

  • Pilotage available
  • Accessible year-round (occasional need for an icebreaker)
  • Natural harbour

Other modes of transportation

  • Railway near the wharf (Gaspé-Chandler link)
  • Highway 132 nearby
  • Regional airport

Manoeuvring area on wharf
Available width: 29 m

(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

Berth number123
Length of berth(s) 180,0 m 175,0 m Structure closed.
Original Depth of berth(s) * 10,0 m 8,0 m
Bearing capacity of loading area *** 56,9 kPa 56,9 kPa



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

Communicate with the port/wharf warden:

John Duguay

Office: 418-368-6679
Fax: 418-368-1937



* 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 all general or regulatory information, please contact the >local port wardens.