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 health centres.
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 operational status.

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
  • Port Hawkesbury
  • Ross Ferry
  • St Peter's
  • Sydney
  • 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

• Marine Parts & Supplies

The fishing industry demands rapid and frequent delivery of marine parts and supplies. The island is well-served by two major distributors: Mermaid Marine (Charlottetown, PE) and Stright-MacKay (New Glasgow, NS). Both companies maintain a dealer network. Dealers for one or both of these companies can be found in the following island locations:
  • Baddeck
  • Chéticamp (2)
  • Louisbourg
  • Louisdale
  • Mabou
  • Neils Harbour
  • North Sydney (2)
  • Petit-de-Grat
  • Point Tupper
  • Port Hawksbury
  • Port Hood
  • Port Morien
  • St Peter's
  • Sydney (4)
If a dealer does not have what you need, orders placed by mid-morning usually arrive the following working day. Shipping charges may apply. If more than one dealer is available it pays to get a quote from each. See Dealer List.

• Fuel

As noted in the above charts, dockside fuel is available in only 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. You are not at a marina: it may take a while to find a person to 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

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.
Area Telephone
QC 1-800-463-4393
NB, PE, NS 1-800-565-1582
NL 1-800-563-2444

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

Canadian Border Services:

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

Revised: 2017-12-14