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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‑Breton.info 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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Although many now have Internet access while under way, cellular‑phone signals are often poor or nonexistent in harbours and anchorages. So, much of the useful reference material linked to, or contained within this website—including eBooks of all the charts—may be downloaded in PDF‑format for printing or storing on a laptop or tablet computer for use aboard your vessel—just look for the PDF symbol. OR click Downloads to get what you need with just a click.
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• Lennox Passage BridgeTemperature restrictions on the opening of the bridge will continue through the 2016 navigation season.
See Lennox Passage Bridge
• St Peter's CanalThe canal will close to boat traffic on September 26 to allow over-water work to begin on the new highway bridge. It will reopen in May 2017.
• RegulationsThe Regulations documents from the Department of Justice, listed listed on the "Publications" page, may be unavailable while the transition to the Canada.ca website is in progress.
• Western Shore ChartsHarbour & Anchorage charts for the Western Shore of the island (Strait of Canso to Chéticamp) are now available on this site.
- Jul 23 - Draft & Mast Height Restrictions revised
- Jul 10 - Publications updated
- Jul 07 - Ingonish Landing Marina updated
- Jul 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
- Jun 22 - St Anns Harbour
- St Anns Hbr Overview revised
- St Anns Harbour eBook updated
- Jun 13
- Lennox Passage Bridge updated
- Groundswell Pub hours updated
- Jun 09
- Links updated
- Essential Publications updated
- Jun 01 - CCB App new version uploaded
- May 31 - New Menu introduced
- May 10 - Eateries updated
- May 08
- Links updated
- Western Shore charts & eBook uploaded
- May 05 - CCB App new version uploaded
East Bay RegattaJuly 29–31, 2016