New docks installed at Iqaluit harbour will benefit fishermen, boaters
New docks and other upgrades will make the area accessible throughout the entire tide cycle
The installation of new docks might not have received the same fanfare as the long-awaited deepsea port in Iqaluit, but it gave residents a newly improved local harbour.
The final touches, two new docks, were installed on Sunday.
With a total of nearly $85 million in funding for the port project, Nunavut’s transportation department was able to allocate money to improvements on the other side of Koojesse Inlet.
“We wanted to take [some] of the project funding [for the port] and improve the whole area” for everyone, said John Hawkins, assistant deputy minister for transportation.
Improvements include an extension of the existing breakwater, an additional north breakwater, a boat launch ramp, staging lanes for vehicles and upgrades to the causeway.
The area has chronically low tides, so the upgrades are seen as a way to improve access for fishermen, boaters or anyone else who might use small craft in the area, Hawkins said.
Prior to the improvements, “the breakwater, leaving and landing, and loading and unloading of small craft was only possible for one or two hours during a 12-hour period,” according to details in the original strategic plan for the Iqaluit Deepwater Port Project.
“Upland improvements” to areas such as the parking lot will also improve access to the area.
While minor upgrades are ongoing, “the project is substantially complete” and ready for public use, Hawkins said.