Critical Services & Supplies

• Hospitals & Community Health Centres

In a medical emergency, cruisers should call 911 or Sydney Coast Guard Radio on VHF–16.

Map of Cape Breton IslandCLICK on the map to find locations and phone numbers for hospitals and community health centres.
NOTE: The smaller community hospitals and health centres may not have doctors on duty 24/7. Call ahead for available services.

• Pumpout Stations

Map of Cape Breton IslandCLICK on the map to see locations and phone numbers for 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:

  • Arichat
  • Baddeck (2)
  • Ballantynes Cove
  • East Bay
  • Georges River
  • Grand Narrows
  • Guysborough
  • Mira River
  • North Sydney
  • Ross Ferry
  • St Peter's
  • Sydney
  • Port Hawkesbury
  • Whycocomagh

• Supplies

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

Table of supplies

Cape Breton

Table of supplies


As noted in the above charts, dockside diesel and gasoline are available in only a few places. Some fishing harbours have dockside fuel, generally on a 'CardLock' system that allows fish harvesters to fuel their own boats. In those harbours there is probably someone who can 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:

Caper Gas
(Boudreau's Fuels Ltd)
Arichat NS
Tel: 902-226-1770
Web: CaperGas
Arichat, Port Hawkesbury, St Peter's, L'Ardoise, Louisbourg, and some points in between
Sydco Fuels Ltd
Sydney NS
Tel: 902-539-6444
Web: SydcoFuels
Sydney and surrounding area

• Other Services

Canadian Border Services:

Within Canada: 1-800-461-9999 Toll-free or
Outside Canada: 1-204-983-3500 ; 1-506-636-5064

Pollution Reporting:

Report pollution by calling the Canadian Coast Guard MCTS on VHF-16, or
by telephoning one of the toll-free numbers below.
Area Telephone
QC 1-800-363-4735
NB, PE, NS 1-800-565-1633
NL 1-800-563-9089

Revised: 2017-04-02