Anchorage & Harbour Charts
The chartlets of the Bras d'Or Lakes and Chedabucto Bay are based on those originally published in Cruise Cape Breton. They have been enhanced or redrawn using computer graphics software and information gleaned from various sources, including the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), National Resources Canada (NRC), Nova Scotia Land Registry Information System (LRIS), satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and recent observations. Most of these resources were unavailable to their original creator. The hydrography in the charts is based on that given in the Cruise Cape Breton charts, initially prepared by Roy Mac Keen—a founding member and Past Commodore of The Dobson Yacht Club. Names of places and geographic features have generally been revised to conform to those given on current CHS charts to avoid confusion.
These charts are intended to provide cruisers with supplementary information and detail, unavailable in the large‑scale CHS charts.
They are NOT a substitute for CHS charts.
The chartlets, kept in a loose-leaf binder, are ideal for slipping in to a plastic, protective sleeve and putting on a clip-board for use at the helm.
Cruisers are 'Urged to Use Caution' in using the chartlets, since most of the soundings were taken in 1974, and that for some of the large-scale charts, there were inaccuracies in the shorelines, which have been corrected in the revised charts. However, this made placement of some soundings uncertain. Charts listed in BLUE will be added in due course. It is hoped that more areas of Cape Breton Island be included in the future. 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 with more up-to-date information or suggestions to enhance the accuracy or usefulness of these charts, to contact the editors or fill in the form below, and click the 'SEND' button.
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, where the muli-page PDF symbol is shown.
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I — Chedabucto Bay (Isle Madame, Lennox Passage & Strait of Canso)Chedabucto Bay—Overview
—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
St Peters Inlet—Charts A & B
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 10 to July 9
- West Coast — from Cape St Lawrence south:
May 1 to June 30