Critical Services & Supplies
• Hospitals & Community Health Centres
In a medical emergency, cruisers should call 911 or Sydney Coast Guard Radio on VHF–16.
Hospitals and health centres may not have doctors on duty 24/7.
Call ahead for available services.
• Pumpout Stations
Pumpout stations may have restricted hours of operation and often suffer breakdowns.
Call ahead to confirm that a pumpout station is operational.
As of January 2017, pumpout stations in the vicinity of Cape Breton Island were installed at:
- Baddeck (2)
- Ballantynes Cove
- East Bay
- Georges River
- Grand Narrows
- Mira River
- North Sydney
- Ross Ferry
- St Peter's
- Port Hawkesbury
Cape Breton Island has few coastal or Bras d'Or Lakes communities of sufficient size to support such amenities as gas stations and food stores; they are becoming fewer with the passing years. Running short of some critical item may entail a long haul in bad weather to replenish it. So stock up well!
These charts show where essential supplies may be obtained. Please advise us of any corrections or updates!
Bras d'Or Lakes
As noted in the above charts, dockside fuel is only available in a few places. Many fishing harbours have dockside fuel (often only diesel) on a 'CardLock' system that allows fish harvesters to fuel their own boats. In those harbours there may be a fish harvester willing to provide you fuel on a strictly cash basis. It would be wise to check ahead of time with the port's Harbour Authority. Getting fuel may take time. Remember, you are not at a marina, so it may take a while to find a person who can serve you.
In some fishing harbours fuel is only available by tank truck.
Fuel by Tank Truck:
For fuel by tank truck, contact one of the suppliers below for availability:
|SUPPLIER||AREA SERVEDForum sign-in|
(Boudreau's Fuels Ltd)
|Arichat, Port Hawkesbury, St Peter's, L'Ardoise, Louisbourg, and some points in between|
|Sydco Fuels Ltd
|Sydney and surrounding area|
• Other Services
Search & Rescue (SAR) Centres:Contact Canadian Coast Guard MCTS on VHF-16, or telephone the nearest Rescue Centre
at one of the numbers below. Toll free numbers are only valid within each region.
|NB, PE, NS||1-800-565-1582
Pollution Reporting:Report pollution by calling the Canadian Coast Guard MCTS on VHF-16, or
by telephoning one of the toll-free numbers below.
|NB, PE, NS||1-800-565-1633|
Canadian Border Services:Within Canada: 1-800-461-9999 Toll-free or
Outside Canada: 1-204-983-3500 ; 1-506-636-5064