Welcome to Cruising‑Cape‑; your fact‑filled, #1 Info Site for essential information. Cape Breton Island is for many the Ultimate Cruising Destination, and whether you're a cruiser venturing to our island, or a new or experienced Cape Breton cruiser seeking new horizons, we have the up‑to‑date information you need—and it's all FREE!
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Cruise Cape Breton—The Yachters’ Guide to the Bras d’Or Lakes, published such information in book‑format. It's long out of print and existing, dog‑eared editions contain much misinformation. Chart and illustration reproduction in later editions was of poor quality and several useful charts were omitted.

A lot has changed since the original Cruise Cape Breton guide book was published in 1974 and last revised in 1992—not just around the island, but also in the way we navigate and communicate. Long gone are the days of Radio Direction Finders and even Loran‑C. With GPS and state‑of‑the‑art electronics, we navigate with a precision that was undreamt of then. However, change is continuous, making guide books out‑of‑date before they're ever published. Cruising‑Cape‑ is our solution to this problem. As you can see from the "What's New?" column (right), we strive constantly to keep abreast of changes and to improve the accuracy, utility, and presentation of our information. Read What Cruisers Say… about this site.

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“The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.” —Dom Degnon
“Cruisers don't have plans, just intentions.” —David Skillings
“Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters.”
 —Howard Bloomfield
“I loved cruising the coast of Maine. For one thing, it helped me conquer my fear of fog. Not that I have learned to feel secure in the fog, but at least I have learned how to grope without panic.” —Herb Payson
“The ideal cruise requires a good yacht, pleasant company, and a strange coast with plenty of islands and rocks.”
 —Humphrey Barton
“The first rule for coastal cruising: start early; finish early.” —Anon
“Cruisers' plans are cast in Jell‑O.”
“Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
“The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting one’s imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities…”
 —Jimmy Cornell
“I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.” —Alexander Graham Bell
“A basin ringed by indigo hills laced with marble. Islands within a sea inside an island.” —Silver Donald Cameron
“The prudent mariner never relies on a single source of information.”
 —Captain James Cook, 1728-1779
• St Peter's Canal
REVISED The canal will now be closed to boat traffic on October 3 to allow over-water work to begin on the new highway bridge. It will reopen in May 2017.
  • Oct 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
  • Sep 23
    • Pleasant Bay info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
    • Grand Étang Harbour info updated
    • Western Shore eBook updated
  • Sep 09
    • Neils Harbour info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Sep 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
  • Aug 14 - St Anns Harbour
    • St Anns Harbour Overview chart & info revised
    • St Anns Harbour eBook updated
  • Aug 12 - Weather page revised
  • Aug 02
    • Weather page updated
    • Publications page updated
    • CCB App new version uploaded
  • Aug 02
    • Ingonish Harbour info revised
    • Ingonish Landing Marina updated
    • Neils Harbour chart & info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Aug 01
    • Weather page revised
    • Miscellaneous Docs eBook updated
    • Supplies info updated
  • Jul 23 - Draft & Mast Height Restrictions revised
  • Jul 10 - Publications updated
  • Jul 07 - Ingonish Landing Marina updated
  • Jul 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
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