Potlotek First Nation Passenger Ferry Wharf Replacements (Mainland and Chapel Island)

The purpose of the Project is to provide safe wharf facilities and continued safe passage of people to and from Chapel Island, Richmond County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  The Project includes the replacement of two existing wharves situated on the Bras d'Or Lakes, Nova Scotia.  The existing structures have been deemed unsuitable/unsafe for continued long term use.  The existing structures will be decommissioned, the Chapel Island structure will be rebuilt in its existing location, and the mainland structure will be rebuilt approximately 50 m east of its existing location.  Other related works include a new access area/parking lot for access to the new mainland wharf using already existing access areas and the parking lot.

The Project will include the replacement of an existing timber crib wharf structure on the mainland and an existing timber structured wharf on Chapel Island, with two new steel pile wharf structures, complete with concrete decks and protective timber sheathing.  The wharves will be designed for passenger transport only and not for vehicles or industrial uses.  The mainland wharf replacement location is at the end of Sitmuk Awti (Chapel Island Road), located off the Trunk 4 Highway, and is expected to measure 41m long by 5m wide.  The Chapel Island wharf replacement is approximately 200m from the mainland at the southeast tip of Chapel Island and is expected to measure 47m long and 5m wide. Access to and from Chapel Island is by water only.



Latest update

December 7, 2022 - Project Update

The mainland wharf will now be replaced at its current location.  The updated project scope will reduce the area being infilled from 129m to 60m, reducing the overall project impacts to the environment from the original design.  Given the slight change in scope and the reduced project impacts, Indigenous Services Canada is posting a project update to the original posting.  Federal authorities have reviewed the updated project scope and mitigation measures.  Indigenous Services Canada and Transport Canada have determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.



Indigenous Services Canada - Atlantic
Indigenous Services Canada
PO BOX 160
40 Havelock Street
Amherst, Nova Scotia B4H 3Z3
Telephone: 1-800-567-9604
Fax: 902-661-6237
Email: aadnc.paeat-erpat.aandc@canada.ca

  • Location

    • Potlotek First Nation (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Potlotek First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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