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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 erroneous information. Chart and illustration reproduction in later editions was of poor quality and several charts were omitted.

Since the Magnetic Variation shown on charts is usually out of date and therefore inaccurate, we have now installed a MagVar page, where you can get up-to-date info on the MagVar values that should be used on charts and perhaps your GPS to give more precise conversion from True courses and bearings to Magnetic ones. A link to this page can also be found on the 'Links' page under 'Navigation'.
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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. Today, with GPS and state-of-the-art electronics, we navigate with a precision that was undreamt of then. However, change is continuous—guides books are out-of-date before they're published. As you can see from the "What's New?" column (right), we update our information frequently.

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

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PDF iconFew of us have the luxury of Internet access while under way and cellular-phone signals are often poor or non-existent. So, much of the useful reference material linked to, or contained within this website, may be downloaded in PDF-format for printing or storing on a laptop or tablet computer for use aboard your vessel—just look for the PDF symbol. OR click Downloads to get everything with just a click.


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HELP! This is a purely volunteer project. Please contribute by providing suggestions, corrections, additional information, or by writing material for inclusion on this website. Keeping information up-to-date and relevant is important and time consuming and all help will be greatly appreciated! Just Contact Us or post on our Forum. You're all encouraged to participate…don't be shy!

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“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
“The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting one’s imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities…” —Jimmy Cornell
  • Jan 28 - Revised App Download
  • Jan 27 - MagVar page added
  • Jan 24 - Links added to Links page
  • Jan 18 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • Clarke Cove chart & info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Dec 28 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • MacPhersons Pond info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Dec 26 - 2015 Tide & Current tables posted
  • Dec 21 - Isle Madame BC info updated
  • Dec 08 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
    • Most Overview charts redrawn
    • Whycocomagh chart and info revised
    • Several charts consolidated with text
  • Dec 01 - Bras d'Or Lakes System
    • NS East Bay - Chart B revised
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Nov 27 - Chedabucto Bay eBook: revised issue uploaded
  • Nov 21 - Links added on Links page
  • Nov 13 - Experience Boating page launched
  • Nov 07 - Links page updated
  • Oct 21 - Link added on Links page
  • Oct 15 - Highlands Coast
    • Dingwall info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Sep 19 - Link added on Links page
  • Sep 11 - Forum inaugurated
  • Sep 08 - Sunrise Shore Marina info updated
  • Sep 05 - Link added on Links page
  • Sep 01 - Highlands Coast
    • Overview info revised
    • Neils Harbour info corrected
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Aug 31 - Revised App Download
  • Aug 22 - Supplies & Services updated
  • Aug 18 - Bras d'Or Lakes eBook: McPhee Islands chart & info added
  • Aug 16 - Isle Madame BC info updated
  • Aug 15 - Ross Ferry Marine Park info updated

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