Introduction

For many, Cape Breton Island is the “Ultimate Cruising Destination”, and Cruising‑Cape‑Breton.info is your #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 much of this information. It's long out of print and existing, dog-eared editions contain outdated and erroneous information. Chart and illustration reproduction in later editions was of poor quality and several charts were omitted.

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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. Now, 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 However, change is continuous—guides books are out-of-date before they're published.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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“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
WHAT’S NEW?
  • 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 installed
  • 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
  • Aug 14 - Info added to Charts Page
  • Aug 13 - Photos added to Highlands Coast Gallery
  • Aug 10 - re: St Peters Inlet Overview
    • Chart and info consolidated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Jul 31 - Revised App Download
  • Jul 25 - Link added to Links Page
  • Jul 21 - Highlands Coast Photo Album started
  • Jul 20 - re: Little River Harbour
    • Chart and info revised
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
  • Jul 08 - Article "The Ultimate Cruising Destination" added

Experience Boating!

  • Coming without a boat?
  • Want to try Sailing?
  • Want to go Kayaking?
See the hands-on boating experiences our Cape Breton operators can offer you… Experience Boating

“Beautiful Bras d'Or”

An excellent article by Glen Cairns in Canadian Yachting —January 2014
Read here…