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.

Clip-board with chart
These chartlets are NO substitute for CHS charts.
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 or post on our Forum.

PDF iconClicking 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.

DocumentCHART 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.

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NOTE: All soundings in FEET, north arrow indicates TRUE NORTH. See Symbols & Abbreviations.
See also notes on Buoyage.

Click on a KEY CHART to enlarge the image.

I — Chedabucto Bay (Isle Madame, Lennox Passage & Strait of Canso)

Key Chart to Chedabucto Bay Chedabucto Bay—Overview
D'Escousse
Bourgeois Inlet
Couteau Inlet
Lennox Passage Bridge
Owing to problems with the bridge becoming stuck in the open position in high temperatures, and thereby cutting off Isle Madame from emergency traffic, the bridge may not open when the temperature is above 25C (77F).
It is advisable to contact the bridge on VHF‑16, or by phone at 902‑345‑2681. Although the bridge is not slated for major work—Replacement/Rehabilitation—until 2016‑17, it is hoped that this problem will be resolved soon…
Intracoastal Waterway
 —Lennox Passage to West Arichat
Petit-de-Grat Harbour
Pirate Harbour


II — The Bras d'Or Lakes System

Overview of chart areas for Bras d'or Lakes
Bras d'Or Lakes—Overview
Draft & Mast Height Restrictions
Lobster Fishing Season—2014
Lobster fishing season for the Bras d'Or Lakes: May 13 to July 12



Key Chart to St Peters Inlet

St Peters Inlet

St Peters Inlet—Overview
St Peter's & Canal
St Peter's Lock Hours
St Peters Inlet—Charts A & B
Cape George Harbour
MacNabs Cove
Johnstown Harbour



Key Chart to West Bay

West Bay

West Bay—Overview
Morrison Harbour (Morrison Head)
Pringle Harbour & MacLeods Pond
Ballams Point (Dundee Resort)
Head of West Bay Cove
Crammond Islands
Ross Pond
Clarke Cove (Marble Mountain)


Key Chart to Malagawatch Basins

Malagawatch & Basins

Malagawatch—Overview
Little Harbour
Malagawatch Hbr & MacReas Cove
McKinnons Harbour
Entrance to North & Denys Basins
Alba & Estmere
Cassells, Crooked, & Wide Cove
North Basin
Morrison Cove
Blues Cove (Orangedale)
Denys Basin


Key Chart to East Bay

East Bay

East Bay—Overview
MacPhersons Pond
Christmas Pond
McPhee Islands
North Side East Bay—Charts A & B


Key Chart to St Patricks Channel

St Patricks Channel

St Patricks Channel—Overview
Baddeck Bay
Baddeck Harbour
Washabuck River & MacIvers Cove
MacNaughtons Cove
Little Narrows
Whycocomagh
Maskells Harbour


Key Chart to St Andrews Channel

St Andrews Channel

St Andrews Channel—Overview
Shunacadie & Black Point
Island Point Harbour
Long Island
Georges River
Little Bras d'Or


Key Chart to Great Bras d'Or Channel

Great Bras d'Or Channel

Great Bras d'Or—Overview
Big Harbour
Otter Harbour


III — St Anns Harbour

Key Chart to St Anns Harbour St Anns Harbour—Overview
Jersey Cove & St Anns Harbour Entrance
Goose Cove & North River
Seal Cove
North Gut & South Gut



IV — Highlands Coast

Key Chart for Highland Coast Highlands Coast—Overview
NVSPHA
Little River
South Ingonish Harbour
Ingonish Harbour
Neils Harbour
Dingwall
Bay St Lawrence
Pleasant Bay
Lobster Fishing Season—2014
Lobster fishing season for the Highlands Coast region:
  • East Coast — from Cape St Lawrence south:
    May 13 to July 12
  • West Coast — from Cape St Lawrence south:
    May 1 to June 30



Revised: 2014-10-08