Our 2 Astrolabes, dated from the early 1600's were discovered near Channel-Port aux Basques. They are both in mint condition and in working order. A very rare and valuable find for Newfoundland and all of Canada.

Bruce II Sports Centre
Online Booking
NEW- Book your events at the Bruce II Sports Centre online. View available slots and enter your booking preferences.

About our 2 Astrolabes
Explore our connection with age-old astronomical instruments used by navigators. Two astrolabes are featured in Channel-Port aux Basques, dating from the 1600's.

Visit the Newfoundland & Labrador Official  Tourism Website
Town of Channel-Port aux Basques
Home > Business > Harbour Infrastructure

Harbour Infrastructure

Click to view larger image
The harbour of Channel-Port aux Basques

The harbour of Channel-Port aux Basques has been used for major shipping since 1898. For the past 112 years, the harbour has been continually developed to provide access for larger ships that import goods to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Click to view larger image
Marine Atlantic - Port aux Basques Harbour

Marine Atlantic is the sole shipping company operating from the harbour, with the Canadian Coast Guard, oil tankers, cruise ships, and other occasional shipping companies harbouring. The harbour is equipped with 10 deep water docks that vary in length and depth to accommodate ships of various specifications. The harbour has an approximate water depth of 10 meters, with harbour channel width of 55 meters, and an inner harbour turning radius of 270 meters.

In addition to the current infrastructure outlined below, the Town has ownership to undeveloped land on the eastern side of the harbour that is ideally suited for future development. An outer harbour also exists that may be well suited for specific transportation developments. [View Site Plan]

Specifications & Information

Click to view larger image
Outer Harbour - Port aux Basques Harbour

• Marked harbour entrance 55m wide
• Outer harbour approx. 1.2 km long (SE to NW) by 1.0 km wide
• Two breakwaters at NW end of outer harbour to protect inner harbour
• Inner harbour approx. 2 km long (SW to NE) by 0.7 km wide
• Four wharfs owned & operated by Marine Atlantic Inc.
• 8 timber crib wharfs owned & operated by Port Authority

Current User Ships

• MV Blue Puttees/Highlanders: 199.5m length; 6m draft
• MV Atlantic Vision: 203m length; 6.58m draft
• MV Leif Ericsson: 157m length; 5.515m draft

Marine Atlantic Docks

• Coastal Dock: 195m length; 7.5m depth
• Carson Dock: 121 length; 7.5m depth
• Former Fish Plant Dock: 70m length; 7m depth

Additional Information

Click to view larger image
Inner Harbour - Channel-Port aux Basques

• Tug boat service available
• Canadian Coast Guard Centre
• Direct link to the Trans Canada Highway




Residents of Channel-Port aux Basques are reminded of the Town’s Snow Clearing Regulations. The Snow Clearing Regulations are in effect for the period between December 1st in any year, up to and including, April 30th the following year and any other period when unusual snow and/or ice conditions prevail. This shall be known as the Snow Clearing Period. Important excerpts from the regulations are noted as follows:

No person shall park an unattended vehicle upon any street or street reservation within the Municipality:
a) between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 8:00 a.m., during the Snow Clearing Period, or
b) during or for the twelve hours immediately following a snow storm, or
c) such other period as may be declared by Council, to enable clean up, after a particularly severe storm or snowfall.

No person shall deposit, or cause or permit to be deposited, any snow and/or ice from driveways, sidewalks, parking lots or any other property under their ownership or control, onto any street or street reserve, within the Municipality.

a) Any unattended vehicle, parked in contravention of these regulations, within the Municipality, may be removed by or on behalf of the Council and impounded, and the total cost of the removal and impounding shall be recovered from the owner of the vehicle, as a civil debt.

b) Every person who violates or fails to comply with any provisions of these Regulations is guilty of an offence and on summary conviction is liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars $1,000.00, or in default, to a period of imprisonment not exceeding ninety days or to both such fine and period of imprisonment.

c) The conviction of a person under subsection (b) does not operate as a bar to further prosecution for the continued failure on the part of a person to comply with these regulations.

Please note the Town has requested the RCMP to strictly enforce this regulation.

Leon MacIsaac
Town Manager
Posted: Jan 10, 2018 1:04 pm NFLD
The Town of Channel – Port aux Basques wishes to remind residents that the Snow Clearing Regulations states:
Claims against the Municipality for damages to mobile or portable articles, garbage boxes, buildings, fences, trees, shrubs, hedges, rock walls and lawns on private property will be accepted by the municipality when they occur, as a result of being struck by equipment, operated by employees of the Municipality, or by contractors, during the periods of time they are engaged in work on behalf of the Municipality, and where they occur outside the street reservation of the Town Street the distance of same from the centre line being dependent on the street reservation of the street where the damage occurred, or where the mobile or portable articles, garbage boxes, buildings, fences, trees, shrubs, hedges, rock walls and lawns had been indicated by clearly visible markers. Damaged items will be repaired to a condition consistent with conditions prior to the incident. Any claims for damages which occurs within the Town’s street reservation will not be accepted for repair and/or replacement.

Leon MacIsaac
Town Manager
Posted: Nov 30, 2017 3:29 pm NFLD
Canadian Cancer Society Is Here To Help
Contact us for presentations to schools and
community groups on how to reduce your
cancer risk - including topics such as
smoking cessation, reducing alcohol
consumption, nutrition, physical activity,
sun safety, and early detection and
screening. [More details]
Posted: Sept 29, 2017 1:51 pm NFLD
Public Notice
The Town of Channel – Port aux Basques wishes to advise all residents that household garbage is required to be placed on the curb for pickup prior to 8:00 a.m. in the morning. Garbage put out for collection must be in a closed container, or covered with a type of netting or other material.
Garbage placed for collection shall be covered with a weighted, solid colored, nylon or polyester net with a maximum mesh size of 25 mm x 25 mm or other type of weighted covering acceptable to the Town.
Nets and other type covers used for the covering of garbage shall be designed and maintained in a manner acceptable to the Town so as to ensure they provide adequate coverage, cannot be blown off the garbage, are easily removable by the garbage collector and do not blow away once the garbage has been removed.
The metal or plastic containers used to contain garbage placed for collection and nets used to cover garbage laced for collection shall be removed from the curb or street no later than 8:00 p.m. on the day which the garbage was placed for collection.
Household garbage placed at the curb that is not covered will not be collected. If uncovered garbage that is placed at the curb happens to be scattered around by wind or animals, the property owner will be responsible to immediately clean it up. Failure to do so will result in the Town undertaking the cleanup and charging the owner a cleanup fee.
Collection of garbage and refuse shall be at least once in every seven (7) days, commencing at the hour of 8 o‘clock in the forenoon (8:00 a.m.), or seven thirty (7:30 a.m.) during summer months, provided however, that when a public or statutory holiday occurs on a collection day, such collection may be made on the next following working day, unless otherwise specified by the Director of Public Works or his designate.
Residents are reminded to keep the sidewalk by their property clear of debris and grass cuttings.
Posted: July 12, 2017 8:53 am NFLD
Reminder to all residents
The Town of Channel- Port aux Basques requires all dogs to be leashed at all times when not on the owners property. This includes all areas of the community including trails, pathways, parks and beaches. This does not apply within the fence of the dog park on Bay Street.
Posted: Oct 18, 2016 11:45 am NFLD
Environmental Emergencies
To report illegal burning or any other environmental emergencies, please call 1-800-563-9089.
Posted: Sept 24, 2014 1:50 pm NFLD
Subscribe to our New YouTube Channel
A new YouTube channel has been created to allow us to post and gather videos related to the tourism and business sectors. Make sure to share our posted videos with your friends.. Here's our first YouTube uploaded video.. A visit to the Grand Bay West Trail.. [Watch video]
Posted: Feb 20, 2014 10:22 am NFLD
Disasters can happen at any time! Be Ready!
A list of items to help you prepare for a disaster:

Store a three day supply of water, food, and clothing for each person, including supplies for family pets. Replace food and water annually.

Two litres of drinking water per person/day
Prescription medications, glasses/contact lenses and supplies
Flashlight and batteries
Non-perishable canned and dried foods
Personal hygiene items
Can opener and disposable plates and utensils
First aid supplies
Car and house keys
Battery-operated radio
Copies of essential family documents
Change of clothing and footwear per person

For more information visit www.redcross.ca
Posted: Feb 19, 2013 2:57 pm NFLD

Atlantic Canada's Trip Planning Resource Website
• Your definitive website for exploring things do do, places to visit, dining, events - and so much more.
• Featuring Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
• Learn about advertising opportunities that reach an audience of millions.