Essential Services & Supplies
• Hospitals & Community Health Centres
In a medical emergency, cruisers should call 911, or Sydney Coast Guard Radio via VHF–16 or ✱16 on mobile phone .
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 operational status.
As of January 2018, pumpout stations in the vicinity of Cape Breton Island were known to exist at:
- Baddeck (2)
- Ballantynes Cove
- East Bay
- Georges River
- Grand Narrows
- Mira River
- North Sydney
- Port Hawkesbury
- Ross Ferry
- St Peter's
• Marine Parts & Supplies
- Chéticamp (2)
- Neils Harbour
- North Sydney (2)
- Point Tupper
- Port Hawksbury
- Port Hood
- Port Morien
- St Peter's
- Sydney (4)
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 essential 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 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:
|SUPPLIER||AREA SERVEDForum sign-in|
|Caper Gas (Boudreau's Fuels Ltd)
Tel: 902-226-1770 or 800-557-5594 (toll-free)
|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|
Canada Border Services Agency:Within Canada: 1-800-461-9999 (toll-free) or
Outside Canada: 1-204-983-3500; 1-506-636-5064
Ports of Entry (Local) for CANPASS/Private BoatThe CANPASS/Private Boat program has been discontinued. Current members can maintain privileges until their membership expires.ⓘ and NEXUS/Marine: Sydney, Louisbourg, St Peter's, Canso