Nestled between river and mountains, La Matanie offers an unparalleled setting for business operations, with modern infrastructures that are well-suited to business needs.
Industrial port zone (ZIP)
Matane’s industrial port zone (ZIP Zone Industrialo Portuaire) is one of the largest in the eastern seaboard and can be accessed by train, boat and road. It's connection to the road network makes non-standard products' transportation very easy. The port is adjacent to the industrial zone, which facilitates boat maintenance.
The ZIP de Matane qualifies for industry-specific government funding as it is located within the territory of the Comité ZIP du Sud-de-l'Estuaire (SE).
Matane’s port receives the largest volume of transhipped goods in Eastern Quebec and south of the St. Lawrence River. The deep-water dock provides year-round international shipping, with the occasional help of an icebreaker boat. Situated 400 km from Québec, the port of Matane saves you the expense of harbor-master charges. The port is connected to Route 132 and the CN railroad through a dedicated rail-ferry ramp.
Direct daily connection from Matane to Godbout and from Matane to Baie-Comeau. The ship can ferry passengers, cars and trucks, and the crossing lasts approximately 2 hours.
The only rail-ferry service to connect Northern Québec and Labrador to mainland Quebec, that operates all year round, 7 days a week, 12 months a year goes through Matane.
The Georges-Alexandre-Lebel ferry has provides access to the CN’s vast network for the past 40 years, thus providing a link to 75% of the North American market. It transports a wide variety of merchandise, such as consumer goods, forestry products, metals, oil and chemical products and heavy materials, as well as oversized and specialized cargo.
The ferry can carry up to thirty one 40 feet (12 m) freight cars with a capacity of 7,812.2 gross tonnage.
South/north and east/west road transport
The town of Matane is located at the intersection of Route 132 on the east/west axis and of Route 195 on the nort/south axis towards New Brunswick and the north-eastern states.
The CN rail network in Matane links with North America and the rest of the world. The network connects three different coasts and spans Canada from east to west, as well as also stretching from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico. The network accessible from Matane provides access to all major Canadian markets and to 75% of the North American population.
Municipal and regional airports
The Mont-Joli regional airport offers quick and affordable daily connections to international airports with Air Canada. You can easily travel to Europe from Matane. There are also several daily regional flights to and from the Côte Nord and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
The municipal airport (CYME) is located 3 km to the east of downtown Matane. This airport can handle private charter flights, and serves for Medevac operations. Its asphalted runway is 5,500 feet (1,676 metres) long and 150 feet wide.
The available space allows for construction of small, custom-built hangars for planes. A weather station and a brand-new air terminal are to be constructed by 2020, and will enhance the quality and safety of facilities.
The presence of national and world-class businesses such as Marmen, Énercon, Construction CEG, Béton Provincial, Rayonier Advanced Materials and Fruits de mer de l'Est is proof that the industrial park’s proximity to the port makes it a prime spot for the manufacturing, transporting and loading of non-standard goods.
A four-star contemporary-style convention centre overlooking the St. Lawrence River promises a unique experience for conventions and business gatherings. Located directly on the beach, the establishment boasts 7 adaptable rooms, all fully-equipped with the latest technology and able to hold up to 400 people for a wide variety of events and gatherings.
120 guest rooms are available on-site and, if necessary, a further 500 are available in the neighborhood to accommodate your guests.
Located at the confluence of the St. Lawrence River and Matane River, the town of Matane takes its name from a Micmac word meaning ‘beaver pond’. The local industry owes much to the region’s natural resources. Hospitality is the city’s urban, industrial, rural and heritage life-blood.
Discover Atlantic salmon fishing or watch the salmon run at the observation centre in downtown Matane. A footbridge near the city hall leads to the Parc des Îles, where you can relax and practise various sports (supervised beach, pedalo and kayak rental, mini-putt, a cycle path for cyclists, walkers and rollerbladers, canoe, volleyball, basketball, exercise apparatus and a playground for children.) You will also find picnic tables, a games area and public art displays. The Complexe culturel Joseph-Rouleau is home to the library and Espace F art galleries. The promenade des Capitaines is a walkway which recounts Matane’s maritime heritage.
Matane has been awarded three florets in the horticultural classification program Fleurons du Québec.
(Source : Tourisme Gaspésie)
The CDRIN is a college specialising in the exchange of digital technology (CCTT) that is affiliated to the Cégep de Matane. Its mission is to offer businesses research and development services, technical support, specialized training, value-added production and partnership in innovation.
It specialises in the development of digital imaging technologies which foster creativity and productivity and on the promotion of such technology and knowledge to key sectors in Quebec's economic development. Collaborators include scientific, industrial, cultural and artistic partners.
The CDRIN is a core partner for members of Matane’s digital community.
(Source : 2017-2018 Annual report - CDRIN)