Port of Louisbourg
(44° 55' N, 59°57'W)
Louisbourg, C.B., Nova Scotia, Canada
The ice-free port of Louisbourg is a deep-water harbour located on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia close to Sable Island and the Laurentian sub-basin.The port is 130 miles due north of Sable Island (50 miles closer to Sable Island than is Halifax) and only 120 miles due west from the Laurentian sub-basin. Louisbourg is the closest mainland port to the Grand Banks, the Laurentian sub-basin and Europe. While Louisbourg is technically on an island (Cape Breton Island, 3970 square miles), the island is connected to the mainland by a causeway with an all weather road and rail line. The port has a number of underutilized harbour facilities in good to excellent condition and underutilized land near the harbour. The labour force has a long connection with the sea and can provide men willing and able to work in the harsh conditons of the North Atlantic.
On the opposite side of the harbour from the town lies the Fortress of Louisbourg. The fortress is the largest historical reconstruction in Canada. The town has a thirving summer tourism industry associated with the park and other historic sites in town.

Port Specifications
Channel depth at Lowest tide
11.3 meters - 36.5 feet
Tidal Range1.6 meters - 5.2 feet
Number of Berths1
Number of Covered Berths0
Berth Depth (D-dock)7.6 meters - 25 feet
Berth Length (D-dock)61 meters - 200 feet
Floating DockDesigned for Cruise ships to P&O specifications

Services Available
Open GangwaysYes
Covered GangwaysNo
Garbage DisposalYes
Tugupon request
Harbour Facilities

  • 590 foot (180m) T-shaped government wharf with a width of 200 (61m) feet across the outer face having a depth of at least 25 feet (7.5m)alongside.

  • 300 foot (91m) Han Beck Seafood wharf and a width of 61 feet (19m) across the outer face having a depth of 12 to 19 feet (3.7 to 5.8m)

  • Guy Hiltz Pier is 200 feet long.
Coast Guard

  • Canadian Coast Guard ship Spindrift is a modern vessel stationed at Louisbourg with an operating radius of 120 miles in the summer and 80 miles in the winter. There is also a fast rescue craft (FRC), capable of a speed of 30 knots with a minimum range of 10 miles.

  • 20 mile all weather road to Sydney, Nova Scotia which connects to the interprovincial limited access superhighways

  • 22 miles to the railhead terminal

  • 25 miles to the Sydney airport with 1- 7070 foot asphalt runway and 1-6000 foot runway, customs, Car rentals, taxis