Renovation of hangar 6 at Mgr-Blanche terminal of the Port of Sept-Iles, to create a cruise passenger reception pavilion

The development of a permanent pavilion for welcoming cruise ship passengers in Sept-Îles has long been planned as part of the international cruise stop's development. Currently, a canvas tent at the Mgr-Blanche terminal serves as the reception pavilion, but with the arrival of winter cruises, a permanent solution is needed. Indeed, Sept-Îles is the only stop on the St. Lawrence without a permanent building for cruise passengers. The new pavilion must reflect the Innu identity, showcasing the rich culture of Nitassinan and symbolizing a step towards reconciliation between peoples.

Several options have been considered for the project, including the construction of a new building dedicated to welcoming cruise passengers at the terminal. However, due to technical and financial challenges, this possibility was not chosen. Instead, the decision was made to renovate Hangar 6, which will minimize the use of materials while creating a reception space. Additionally, this renovation will provide the opportunity to use this space for community purposes throughout the year. Thus, the reception pavilion will contain the following functional requirements:

  • Waiting and circulation area;
  • Information counter and tourist services;
  • Modular counters for selling promotional items (artisanal or otherwise);
  • Kitchenette space for guides and reception agents;
  • Offices;
  • Sanitary facilities.

The planned work mainly involves the almost complete dismantling of the exterior structure of Hangar 6 located at the Mgr-Blanche terminal, as well as partial demolition of its foundation, while preserving the original steel frame of the building. This structure will undergo partial renovation and will be used to construct the new building, which will be equipped with entirely new facilities in electricity, ventilation, mechanics, architecture, and other aspects.

Furthermore, exterior landscaping work is planned around the building. The asphalt covering will be removed to allow for the installation of new drainage systems, including a Stormceptor water treatment system. Landscaping, including a concrete terrace, new sidewalks, benches, and indigenous plants, will complement these installations.


Latest update

June 10, 2024 - The assessment decision statement has been issued to the proponent.



Melissa Sanikopoulos, Environmental and Sustainability director
1, Quai Mgr-Blanche
Sept-Îles, Quebec G4R 5P3
Telephone: 418-961-1222

  • Location

    • Port of Sept-Îles (Quebec)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Sept-Iles port Authority
  • Authorities

    • Sept-Îles Port Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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