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Welcome to Cruising‑Cape‑Breton.info; the essential, fact‑filled information resource. Whether you're a cruiser venturing to our island or a Cape Breton cruiser seeking new horizons, we have the up‑to‑date information you need. And it's all FREE! For many cruisers, Cape Breton Island is the Ultimate Cruising Destination.

Cruise Cape Breton: The Yachters’ Guide to the Bras d’Or LakesOlder editions called it "The Yachtsman's Guide"; later changed to "The Yachters' Guide" for political correctness! gave such information in book‑format. Published in 1974 and revised last in 1992, it's long out of print and surviving editions contain much misinformation. Later editions omitted several useful charts; chart and illustration quality was poor.

A lot has changed since Cruise Cape Breton was published; not only around the island but also in the way we communicate and navigate. Radio Direction Finders and Loran‑C are history. Today, satellites and modern electronics let us navigate with precision. But, change is continuous; it makes guidebooks out‑of‑date before they are published. Cruising-Cape-Breton.info is the answer. The ‘What's New’ column shows how we strive to keep up with changes and improve the information's accuracy, utility, and presentation. Read What Cruisers Say about the site.

PDF iconInternet access is available while under way; but in harbours and anchorages mobile phone signals are often nonexistent. So, documents linked to, or provided on this website, including eBooks of charts, are downloadable in PDF‑format. Print them or store them on a laptop or tablet for use on board. Look for the PDF symbol, or visit Downloads for what you need.

HELP! This website is a volunteer project that evolves to meet cruisers' needs. Keeping information up‑to‑date and relevant is important and time-consuming. Please contribute by providing suggestions, ideas, criticism, corrections, or additions. Or help by writing material for inclusion on this website. All input is welcome! You're all encouraged to take part. Your feedback is important. Contact Us!

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“Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” —Water Rat to Mole in The Wind in the Willows
“Then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” —Randy Komisar
“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
“Some are weatherwise, some are otherwise.”
 —Benjamin Franklin
“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.”
“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. Yet translating dreams into reality means a lot of practical questions have to be answered.” —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
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  • Apr 30 - Supplies revised
  • Apr 15 - Links updated
  • Apr 07 - Marinas & Yacht Clubs updated

  • Apr 01 - CCB App new edition uploaded
  • Mar 06 - Bras d'Or Lakes
    • Little Bras d'Or info updated
    • Entrance to North & Denys Basins chart & info revised
    • North Basin chart revised
    • Malagawatch & Basins key chart revised
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Mar 01 - CCB App new edition uploaded
  • Feb 22 - Western Shore
    • Mabou Harbour chart updated
    • Margaree Harbour chart revised
    • Chéticamp Harbour chart & info updated
    • Western Shore eBook updated
  • Feb 13 - Misc Docs eBook corrected
  • Feb 12 - Marine Services updated
  • Feb 08 - Links revised
  • Feb 05 - Publications updated
  • Feb 01 - CCB App new edition uploaded
  • Jan 11 - Bras d'Or Lakes
    • Ross Pond chart and info updated
    • Little Bras d'Or chart and info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Jan 10 - Western Shore
    • Maryville Harbour info updated
    • Chéticamp Harbour chart & info updated
    • Western Shore eBook updated
  • Jan 01 - CCB App new edition uploaded
  • Dec 29 - Highlands Coast
    • Little River chart and info revised
    • Bay St Lawrence info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Dec 19 - Ingonish Harbour
    • Dunphys Creek chart redrawn
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Dec 12 - Supplies updated
  • Dec 08
    • Tides & Currents
      • 2018 Tide & Current Tables posted
      • Miscellaneous Docs eBook updated
    • Western Shore
      • Chéticamp Harbour chart updated
      • Western Shore eBook updated
    • St Anns Harbour
      • North & South Guts chart/info updated
      • St Anns Harbour eBook updated

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