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Summer-Fall 2017: A great time to join with us as we celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday. Don’t miss the Canada 150 celebrations happening around our island!

Welcome to Cruising‑Cape‑Breton.info; your fact‑filled resource for essential information. 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! 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!
published such information in book‑format. It's long out of print and existing editions contain much misinformation. Later editions omitted several useful charts; chart and illustration quality was poor.

Much has changed since Cruise Cape Breton was published in 1974 and revised last in 1992; not only around the island but also in the way we communicate and navigate. Today, satellites and modern electronics let us navigate with precision. Radio Direction Finders and Loran‑C are history. Change is continuous. It makes guidebooks out‑of‑date before they are published. Cruising-Cape-Breton.info is our answer to this problem. You can see from the "What's New" column, we strive to keep up with changes and to improve the accuracy, utility, and presentation of information.
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PDF iconAlthough Internet access is available while under way, mobile phone signals are often nonexistent in harbours and anchorages. So, documents linked to, or contained within this website, including eBooks of all the 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 evolving 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!

This is a never‑ending project, so check back for updates!

“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.”
 —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
“The prudent mariner never relies on a single source of information.” —Captain James Cook, 1728-1779
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WHAT’S NEW
  • Oct 01 - CCB App new edition uploaded
  • Sep 28 - Marine Services updated
  • Sep 18 - Marinas & Yacht Clubs updated
  • Sep 16
    • Maryville Harbour info updated
    • Murphys Pond Hbr chart & info updated
    • Western Shore eBook updated
  • Aug 28 - Marinas & Yacht Clubs updated
  • Aug 27 - CCB App new edition uploaded
  • Aug 26 - Petit-de-Grat
    • Petit-de-Grat Harbour chart corrected
    • Chedabucto Bay eBook updated
  • Aug 24 - Weather revised
  • Aug 23
    • Supplies revised
    • Dingwall Harbour info revised
    • White Point Harbour info revised
    • Neils Harbour info revised
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Aug 11
    • Eateries revised
    • Weather revised
    • Little River chart & info revised
    • Neils Harbour chart & info revised
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Jul 30
    • CCB App new edition uploaded
    • South Ingonish Hbr charts & info revised
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Jul 29 - Whycocomagh
    • Whycocomagh chart and info revised
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Jul 23 - Weather revised
  • Jul 18 - Marinas & Yacht Clubs
    • Havre Aubert YC info updated
    • Sheet Harbour Marina info updated
  • Jul 6 - South Ingonish Harbour
    • South Ingonish Harbour info revised
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated


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