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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 It's long out of print and existing, dog-eared editions contain outdated and erroneous information.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 very poor quality and several charts were omitted.

New Features for 2014…

For 2014 we are introducing some new features:
  • Chart Books: Each area of Cape Breton Island now has a Chart Book with all the charts in a single eBook (PDF-file).
  • Photo Galleries are being developed for each area. The Bras d'Or Lakes and St Anns Harbour galleries have been started.
See the Anchorage & Harbour Charts page for more details.
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Much has changed since Cruise Cape Breton was published 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 back then. Change is continuous—any book-format guide is out-of-date before it's published. Here, 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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“Beautiful Bras d'Or”

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

Navionics® Webapp

Navionics (electronic chart supplier) has a version of its digital charts at:

“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
  • Apr 18
    • Weather Page revised
    • Highlands Coast eBook updated
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
  • Apr 07
    • Pirate Harbour chart and info added
    • Chedabucto Bay eBook updated
  • Apr 03 - Links Page updated
  • Apr 02 - Bay St Lawrence info revised
  • Apr 01
    • Dingwall info added
    • Little River info revised
    • Neils Harbour info revised
    • Bay St Lawrence info revised
    • Highlands Coast eBook added
    • Downloads Page revised
    • Charts Page revised
    • Highlands Coast Overview revised
    • Baddeck Harbour chart revised
  • Mar 30
    • New Website Download
    • Bras d'Or Lakes eBook updated
    • Downloads Page revised
  • Mar 25 - St Peter's & Canal chart revised
  • Mar 14 - St Peter's Marina info updated
  • Mar 13
    • Ben Eoin Marina info updated with chart
    • Little Harbour info updated
  • Mar 05 - VHF Weatheradio info and map updated. (Marine Weather page)