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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 charts were omitted.

Much has changed since the original Cruise Cape Breton book was first published in 1972 ago and last revised in 1992—not just around Race the Cape logothe island, but also in the way we navigate and communicate. With GPS and state-of-the-art electronics, we navigate with a precision that was undreamt of then. Change is continuous, making guide books out-of-date before they're ever published.
Cruising‑Cape‑ is our solution to this difficulty. You can see from the "What's New?" column (right) that we strive constantly to keep abreast of changes and to improve the accuracy, utility, and presentation of our information.
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This is a never-ending project, so check back for updates…

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PDF iconFew of us have the luxury of Internet access while under way and cellular-phone signals are often poor or non-existent. So, much of the useful reference material linked to, or contained within this website, 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 everything with just a click.


You'll need a PDF‑reader to view and print these documents—most web browsers include one. If you need one, just click a button to download the popular Adobe® Reader® or the better Foxit® Reader for free. Several other PDF‑readers are also available for free on the Internet.

Magnetic Variation on charts is often out of date and therefore inaccurate, we've added a MagVar page, where you can get up-to-date values of MagVar that should be used with charts and perhaps your GPS to give more precise conversion of courses and bearings from True to Magnetic. Links to this page are found on the 'Links' page under 'Navigation' and on the 'Essential Publications' page.

HELP! This is a purely volunteer project. Please contribute by providing suggestions, corrections, additional information, or by writing material for inclusion on this website. Keeping information up-to-date and relevant is important and time consuming and all help will be greatly appreciated! Just Contact Us or post on our Forum. You're all encouraged to participate…don't be shy!

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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.” —Anon
“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
• St Peter’s Canal
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• Lennox Passage Bridge
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East Bay Regatta

July 24–26, 2015
  • Mar 25 - Marine Services Providers updated
  • Mar 21 - Marine Services Providers added to Supplies & Services
  • Mar 18 - Marine Weather updated
  • Mar 14 - Supplies & Services updated
  • Mar 10 - Highlands Coast
    • Dingwall info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
    • Links page updated
  • Mar 09 - Latest version of JTides uploaded
  • Mar 04 - Revised App Download
  • Mar 02 - Chedabucto Bay
    • Petit-de-Grat charts corrected
    • Chedabucto Bay eBook updated
  • Feb 19 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • Malagawatch key chart redrawn
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Feb 08 - Supplies & Services updated
  • Feb 06 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • Clarke Cove info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Feb 01 - Publications page updated
  • Jan 28 - Revised App Download
  • Jan 27 - MagVar page added
  • Jan 24 - Links added to Links page
  • Jan 18 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • Clarke Cove chart & info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Dec 28 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • MacPhersons Pond info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Dec 26 - 2015 Tide & Current tables posted
  • Dec 21 - Isle Madame BC info updated
  • Dec 08 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
    • Most Overview charts redrawn
    • Whycocomagh chart and info revised
    • Several charts consolidated with text
  • Dec 01 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • NS East Bay - Chart B revised
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated

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