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

New steps, ramps and docks are in place in the Iqaluit harbour. The docks were moved into place on Sunday. Although they are in the city’s small-craft harbour, the docks were paid for from funding for Iqaluit’s $85-million deepsea port. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Jorge Antunes

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.


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(11) Comments:

  1. Posted by Hunter on

    it would be nice if they can remove all the rocks and boulders around them so it would be good park a boat on low tide as of now they are only good during high tide but not during low tide way too many rocks.

    • Posted by Hunter II on

      Always someone complaining about something positive, don’t use it then!

      • Posted by hunter on

        park your boat then and see if it will land in any of those rocks. go check it out.

  2. Posted by Putting this out there on

    “New docks and other upgrades will make the area accessible throughout the entire tide cycle”

    well thats Not true. At low tide the docs are on dry ground… unless they dug it out more since they put them in on Sunday.

    • Posted by Northbloke on

      Iqaluits new deep water port,what when tide is down,no water on dock,ha millions of dollars later and This is a farce you need some shuffling somewhere.

      • Posted by Putting this out there on

        I am only talking about the small craft harbor that the article is referring to. Not the deep water port for ships.

    • Posted by Sergeant Prickles on

      The causeway is available through the whole tidal cycle.

      It was the local hunters and boaters who picked the new breakwater over full dredging of the harbour.

  3. Posted by pissed off on

    well said guys!!!!

    Thank you

  4. Posted by Eyes and ears on

    Not so funny and only be able to use 2 max 3 hours of tied,

    Kids play ground todate watch lots of bikes to be thrown on side of them if not already little kids as old as 5 years old hanging around them,

    Wrong location if this area will not be trench..

    Eyes & ears

  5. Posted by Why Oh Why on

    The new deep water port opened last week.
    But, for some reason, the freight boat is anchored further out in the bay and is unloading its cargo onto barges.
    Can someone please explain why?
    Is this the way it’s done in the port of Vancouver?

    • Posted by Keeper of Secrets on

      Poor you, deep water port is living rent-free in your head!

      No, that is not how they do it in Vancouver. Vancouver is supplied by truck and train. There is a port, but it serves the whole country rather than just the community. Also, Vancouver doesn’t have 30 foot tides. They also have dedicated dockworkers, but that’s why they are having a dockworkers strike, which we don’t have to worry about.

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