Port of Kitimat

The private port of Kitimat is the third largest port on the west coast of Canada in terms of international trade, behind Port Metro Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert.  Heavy industries located at or near tidewater in Kitimat have been shipping their products through Douglas Channel to international markets year round for over 60 years.  The Douglas Channel is an ice-free, sheltered, wide, deep inlet 140km (90 miles) from open ocean.  The narrowest point is approximately 1.4km wide; the shallowest depth is just shy of 200 metres.

Tracts of flat industrial land at or near tidewater attract industry to Kitimat as they are a unique feature in this mountainous province.  In addition, shipping distance from Kitimat to Asia is comparable with Prince Rupert and a full day shorter than from Vancouver.

As a result of Kitimat's natural competitive advantages, the port is seeing significant growth and investment opportunities.


For general inquiries, please contact:

Mike Dewar
Director of Economic Development
250-632-8921