Port-Cartier is a city in the province of Quebec, Canada. It is located in the regional county of Sept-Rivières and, in turn, in the administrative region of Côte-Nord. It is part of the electoral districts of Duplessis at the provincial level and of Manicouagan at the federal level.
In 1958, the Québec Cartier Mining Company constructed an iron ore processing plant and an artificial sea port near Shelter Bay, for shipping the iron ore mined from deposits at Lake Jeannine near Fermont. Port-Cartier, named after the mining company, was incorporated as a town in 1959 and the next year, Shelter Bay was added to it. The original town of Shelter Bay is now the suburb known as Port-Cartier West. Today, the port handles approximately 18,000,000 tonnes (19,800,000 short tons; 17,700,000 long tons) of cargo per year and ranks third in Quebec in terms of handled tonnage.
The Correctional Service of Canada operates the Port Cartier Institution, a maximum security prison, about two kilometres to the north.blog comments powered by Disqus