Cape Breton Island is the Ultimate Cruising Destination for many, and Cruising‑Cape‑ is your fact–filled, #1 Info Site for essential, up–to–date information—whether you're a cruiser venturing to our island, or a new or experienced Cape Breton cruiser seeking new horizons. And, it's all FREE!
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CRUISE CAPE BRETON—The Yachters' Guide to the Bras d'Or Lakes, published such information in book–format. It's long out of print and existing, dog–eared editions contain much misinformation. Chart and illustration reproduction in later editions was of poor quality and several charts were omitted.

Much has changed since the original Cruise Cape Breton book was first published in 1974 and last revised in 1992—not just around the island, but also in the way we navigate and communicate. With GPS and state–of–the–art electronics, we navigate with a precision that was undreamt of then. Change is continuous, making guide books out–of–date before they're ever published.
Cruising‑Cape‑ is our solution to this problem. You can see from the "What's New?" column (right) that we strive constantly to keep abreast of changes and to improve the accuracy, utility, and presentation of our information.
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This is a never–ending project, so check back for updates…

PDF iconAlthough many now have Internet access while under way, cellular–phone signals are often poor or nonexistent in harbours and anchorages. So, much of the useful reference material linked to, or contained within this website—including eBooks of all the charts—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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“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
“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
“I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.”
 —Alexander Graham Bell
“A basin ringed by indigo hills laced with marble. Islands within a sea inside an island.”
 —Silver Donald Cameron
  • Aug 20 - Neils Harbour
    • Neils Harbour info updated
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Jul 22 - Smokehouse Restaurant
    • Little Harbour info updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Jul 03 - CCB App new version uploaded
  • Jun 20 - Link added to Links Page
  • Jun 03 - Link added to Links Page
  • May 22 - Lobster Season updated on Charts Page
  • May 12 - Lobster Season updated on Charts Page
  • May 10 - CB Boat Launch map added
  • May 05 - Link added to Links Page
  • May 04 - Montague Marina info updated
  • Apr 29
    • eBook released for Tidal & Weather information PDFs
    • Marine Weather info updated
  • Apr 25 - Links Page updated
  • Apr 16 - Lennox Passage Br
    • Status updated
  • Apr 15 - Links Page updated
  • Apr 14
    • Marinas & Yacht Clubs updated
    • Marine Weather info updated
  • Apr 11 - Marine Services Providers updated
  • Apr 03 - Beaver Narrows Power Line
    • Draft & Mast Height Restrictions revised
    • St Peters Inlet charts revised
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated

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