COVID-19 & Boating

 — How Cape Breton boating may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

No border crossing

Denial of Entry

There are temporary restrictions on all non-essential travel at the Canada-US border. Non-essential travel for tourism, recreation, and entertainment is prohibited. Non-essential travel to the province of Nova Scotia from other provinces is likewise restricted.


The Government of Nova Scotia requires all persons entering the province, with some exceptions, to immediately self-isolate for 14 days. See Health Protection Act Order.

Recreational Activities

As of May 16 recreational boating activities are permitted, although competitive events are not. Physical Distancing guidelines must be followed by those not within an "immediate two-family bubble".

Physical Distancing

Physical Boating

Access to Fishing Harbours

Harbour Authorities have full authority to restrict access to Small Craft Harbour facilities, and to apply other safety measures and procedures in alignment with advice and guidance from all levels of government. To protect the health and safety of fish harvesters and harbour workers, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is supportive of Harbour Authorities restricting harbour access to authorized users only.

Updated: 2020-05-16