Anchorage & Harbour Charts
The chartlets of the Bras d'Or Lakes and Chedabucto Bay are based on the hydrography given in the Cruise Cape Breton charts, initially prepared by Roy Mac Keen—a founding member and Past Commodore of the Dobson Yacht Club. All charts have been redrawn with computer graphics software using information from various sources; the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), National Resources Canada (NRC), Nova Scotia Land Registry Information System (LRIS), satellite imagery, aerial photography, and more recent observations. Most of these resources were unavailable to their original creator. Names of places and geographic features have generally been revised to agree with those given on current CHS charts to avoid confusion.
They are intended to provide supplementary information and detail, unavailable in large‑scale CHS charts.
An advantage of having chartlets in a loose-leaf binder instead of a bound guidebook is that they are easily slipped into a plastic, protective sleeve for use on a clip-board at the helm. If water damages it, you've only one page to replace.
Cruisers are 'Urged to Use Caution' in using the chartlets. Many soundings were made in 1974. Some original large-scale charts, had mapping inaccuracies, which have been corrected in the redrawn charts; this made placement of some soundings uncertain. Other areas of Cape Breton Island are gradually being included. Some charts that were included in the original Cruise Cape Breton have been omitted where CHS charts now provide adequate or better detail (e.g. Chapel Island). This is a work-in-progress…
We invite cruisers and boaters with more up-to-date information, or suggestions to enhance the accuracy or usefulness of these charts, to contact us.
Clicking on the title of a chart will bring up the chart and information in PDF-format, suitable for saving, viewing, or printing as a double-sided page for reference aboard your vessel. The Key Charts shown below are included in the 'Overview' for each area.
CHART BOOKS in PDF-format (eBook) are now available for download and printing, where the muli-page PDF symbol is shown. See Downloads for more information.
We're building photo galleries for these areas. To see these pictures you must have an Internet connection. Look for the camera image. If you have some suitable pics—Send 'em in!
Click on a KEY CHART to enlarge the image.
I — Chedabucto Bay (Isle Madame, Lennox Passage & Strait of Canso)Chedabucto Bay—Overview
It is advisable to contact the bridge on VHF-16, or by phone at 902-345-2681. Hopefully this problem will be resolved soon…
—Lennox Passage to West Arichat
II — The Bras d'Or Lakes System
Draft & Mast Height Restrictions
St Peters InletSt Peters Inlet—Overview
St Peter's & Canal
|May 17 to Jun 27||8:00 am — 4:00 pm||Thursday through Monday|
|Jun 28 to Aug 11||8:00 am — 6:00 pm||Daily|
|Aug 12 to Sep 15||8:00 am — 4:00 pm||Daily|
|Sep 16 to Oct 1||8:00 am — 4:00 pm||Thursday through Monday|
|The lockmaster monitors VHF–10 or call (902) 535-2118|
Boats must arrive 30 minutes before the canal closes.
Tie-up for transit is on the western wall of the canal approach.
Cape George Harbour
West BayWest Bay—Overview
Morrison Harbour (Morrison Head)
Pringle Harbour & MacLeods Pond
Ballams Point (Dundee Resort)
Head of West Bay Cove
Clarke Cove (Marble Mountain)
Malagawatch & BasinsMalagawatch—Overview
Malagawatch Hbr & MacReas Cove
Entrance to North & Denys Basins
Alba & Estmere
Cassells, Crooked, & Wide Cove
• Morrison Cove
• Blues Cove (Orangedale)
East BayEast Bay—Overview
North Side East Bay—Charts A & B
St Patricks ChannelSt Patricks Channel—Overview
Washabuck River & MacIvers Cove
St Andrews ChannelSt Andrews Channel—Overview
Shunacadie & Black Point
Island Point Harbour
Little Bras d'Or
Great Bras d'Or ChannelGreat Bras d'Or—Overview
III — St Anns HarbourSt Anns Harbour—Overview
Jersey Cove & St Anns Harbour Entrance
Goose Cove & North River
North Gut & South Gut
IV — Highlands CoastHighlands Coast—Overview
South Ingonish Harbour
Bay St Lawrence
- East Coast — from Cape St Lawrence south:
May 13 to July 12
- West Coast — from Cape St Lawrence south:
May 1 to June 30