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The Port of Quebec (French: Port de Québec) is an inland port located in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It is the oldest port in Canada, and the second largest in Quebec after the Port of Montreal.

Port of Quebec
Port de Québec
Port of Quebec logo.svg
Country Canada
LocationQuebec City, Quebec
Lévis, Quebec
Coordinates46°49′16″N 71°12′14″W / 46.821°N 71.204°W / 46.821; -71.204Coordinates: 46°49′16″N 71°12′14″W / 46.821°N 71.204°W / 46.821; -71.204
Opened1608 (city founded), 1858 (port authority founded)
Operated byQuebec Port Authority
Owned byGovernment of Canada
Size of harbor35 km2 (14 sq mi)[1]
Land area210 hectares (520 acres)[1]
ChairmanYvon Bureau
President & CEORoss Gaudreault
Annual cargo tonnage24,487,770 metric revenue tons (2010)[1]
Passenger traffic102,254 (2010)[1]
Annual revenueC$24.9 million (2010)[1]
Net incomeIncreaseC$1.2 million (2010)[1]
The Old Port of Quebec and its marina
Grain Elevator on the Louise Bassin.
Louise Bassin, and Old Quebec.


In the 19th century, the Port of Quebec was one of the most important in the world. It played a major role in the development of both the city and of Canada. In 1863, more than 1,600 ships went through the port, transporting almost 25,000 sailors. It was during this era that the shipbuilding industry grew considerably in Quebec City.

In the 20th century, the dredging of the Saint Lawrence River between Quebec City and Montreal moved major port activities upstream. Today cruise traffic has replaced much of the former freight traffic.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "2011 Annual Report" (PDF). Port of Quebec. Retrieved 29 December 2012.

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