Introduction

For many, Cape Breton Island is “The Ultimate Cruising Destination”, and Cruising-Cape-Breton.info is the #1 Site for essential, up-to-date information for cruisers venturing to our island—as well as for new or experienced Cape Breton cruisers seeking new horizons. And, it's all FREE!
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CRUISE CAPE BRETON—The Yachters' Guide to the Bras d'Or Lakes, published much of this information. It's long out of print and existing, dog-eared editions contain outdated and even erroneous information. Chart and illustration reproduction in later editions was of very poor quality and several charts were omitted.

New Features for 2014…

  • Chart Books: There are now printable eBooks (PDF-files) with all the charts for each area of Cape Breton Island.
  • Photo Galleries: The Bras d'Or Lakes and St Anns Harbour galleries have been started. Send pictures!
See Anchorage & Harbour Charts for details.

Much has changed since Cruise Cape Breton was written 40+ years ago—not only around the island, but also in the way we navigate and communicate. Now, with GPS and state-of-the-art electronics we navigate with a precision that was undreamt of then. Change is continuous—guides books are out-of-date before they're published. We update our information frequently, as you can see from the "What's New?" column (right).

This is a never-ending project, so check back for updates…

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East Bay Regatta
July 25–27, 2014
CLICK HERE FOR INFO
St Peter’s Canal
Lock hours for 2014: CLICK HERE
May 17 to Jun 278:00 am — 4:00 pmThursday through Monday
Jun 28 to Aug 118:00 am — 6:00 pmDaily
Aug 12 to Sep 158:00 am — 4:00 pmDaily
Sep 16 to Oct 18:00 am — 4:00 pmThursday through Monday

Boats must arrive 30 minutes before the canal closes.
Tie-up for transit is on the western wall of the canal approach.

“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
WHAT’S NEW?
  • Jul 21 - Highlands Coast Photo Album started
  • Jul 20 - re: Little River Harbour
    • Chart and info revised
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Jul 08 - Article "The Ultimate Cruising Destination" added
  • Jul 05 - re: Lennox Passage Br.
    • Chedabucto Bay key chart revised
    • Chedabucto Bay eBook updated
    • Charts page updated
  • Jul 01 - Revised App Download
  • Jun 27 - Chedabucto Bay key chart revised and Chedabucto Bay eBook updated
  • Jun 25 - Baddeck Harbour chart revised and Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Jun 04 - Services & Supplies updated for pumpout stations
  • Jun 01 - Revised App Download
  • May 24 - St Peters Inlet chart and Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated with 2014 Lock hours
  • May 18 - Lennox Passage Yacht Club info updated
  • May 12 - Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre info updated
  • May 10
    • Marinas page updated
    • Services & Supplies updated
  • May 09 - Link added to Links page
  • May 04 - Links page info added
  • May 01 - New App Download
  • Apr 29 - Downloads page info revised

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“Beautiful Bras d'Or”

An excellent article by Glen Cairns in Canadian Yachting —January 2014
Read here…