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Shipping to Canada

Background to Shipping to Canada

Shipping to Canada has resulted in Canada as being one of the great deep sea trading nations of the world.  The country has some of the world's largest ports.  The Welland Canal of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence Seaway connecting the Atlantic Ocean and with Great Lakes, and the Mackenzie River of Northwest Territories are just examples of some of Canada's vast waterways.

Thunder Bay has become the largest fresh water port for grain transportation in the world.   The Great Lakes enable shipping to Canada to reach 4000 kilometers within North America's interior. The Port of Vancouver is one of the largest dry cargo ports in the Western Hemisphere while Montreal is known as the furthest inland port in the Northern Hemisphere.

Transport Canada controls the regulatory functions of Canada’s ports.   It also oversees 17 of Canada’s Port Authorities spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

Containerized Shipping to Canada Ports

The Ports of Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax capture 90% of Canada's container shipping.  

Port of Halifax

Port of Vancouver

Port of Montreal

The St. Lawrence Seaway

The St. Lawrence Seaway stretches 724 km or 450 miles.  It connects the Atlantic Ocean with the five Great Lakes.   It starts on the east coast with the Port of Montreal.  Through a series of canals and locks, it enables ships to travel all the way to the most western Great Lakes, Lake Superior. Other major Canadian ports along the St.  Lawrence Seaway include: Ports of Quebec, Toronto, and Thunder Bay.  U.S. Ports served along this system include:  Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.

With 10 million square miles, Canada is the world’s second largest country; only Russia is larger.  Canada is known as a country of vast distances blessed with rich resources.  Due to the vastness of the country, importing and exporting to Canada can be a major challenge.  The extreme width of Canada stretches 9,306 km or 5,780 miles.   However, the world class waterways and Canadian ports make shipping to Canada easy for the importer.   The Canadian National Railroad and the Trans Canada Highway further facilitates the movement of goods across the country and into the local Canadian markets.  The Trans-Canada is over 8000 km connecting all ten provinces.

Shipping to Canada Made Easy