About the Port

The Strait of Canso Port is located on the east coast of Canada between mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.  It is one of the finest natural deep-water harbours on the eastern seaboard of North America.  The port is a major bulk port, handling approximately 68% of Nova Scotia’s international and domestic cargo tonnage and is central to offshore resources and North American and International shipping routes.  Commodities shipped include, but not limited to: crude oil and petroleum products, stone aggregate, gypsum, forestry products, highway salt, coal, and gravel.

Port Characteristics

Port Fees & Services

The Canso Causeway was built in the mid 1950’s and is a permanent link between Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia.  It forms the northern boundary of the Strait of Canso and ensures that the Port, on the south side, remains ice-free year round.

The Canso Canal, which is located on the eastern end of the Canso Causeway, allows vessels to pass through the Strait of Canso via a seaway-size lock.  The Canadian Coast Guard operates the Canso Canal.  Dimensions of the Canal and maximum vessel size handled at the Canal are provided below: