Anchorage & Harbour Charts

The chartlets of the Bras d'Or Lakes are new renditions of those published in Cruise Cape Breton, originally prepared by Roy Mac Keen—a founding member and Past Commodore of the Dobson Yacht Club. All charts have been redrawn and extensively enhanced using computer graphics software. They incorporate recent observations and soundings provided by cruisers and information from many sources, including the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), National Resources Canada (NRC), satellite imagery, aerial photography, and recently available sonar data. Many of these resources were unavailable to their original creator. In the process, numerous errors have been corrected, and names of places and geographic features revised to agree with those given on current CHS charts to avoid confusion. Maintenance of these charts is an ongoing process.

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Some charts in the original Cruise Cape Breton have been omitted where CHS charts now provide adequate or better detail (e.g. Chapel Island). Clip-board with chartCruisers are 'Urged to Use Caution' in using the chartlets. Many soundings were made in 1974. Some original small-scale charts, had mapping errors, which have been corrected in the new charts, making placement of some soundings uncertain. Other areas of Cape Breton Island are gradually being included.

These chartlets are NO SUBSTITUTE for CHS charts. They provide supplementary information and detail, unavailable in large–scale CHS charts, and are intended to be a handy reference at the helm.

One advantage of having chartlets in a loose-leaf binder instead of a bound guidebook is that they are easily slipped into a plastic, protective sleeve for use on a clip-board at the helm. If water damages it, you've only one page to replace. Another is that it is easy to replace a chart when an updated version is issued. Some users laminate charts of their favourite areas—making them waterproof.

We invite cruisers and boaters with more up-to-date information, or suggestions to enhance the accuracy or usefulness of these charts, to Contact Us or post on our Forum.

PDF iconClicking on the title of a chart will bring up the chart and information in PDF-format, suitable for saving, viewing, or printing as a double-sided page for use aboard your boat. The Key Charts below are included in the 'Overview' for each area.

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NOTE: All soundings in FEET, north arrow indicates TRUE NORTH.
See Abbreviations & Symbols.
See also notes on Buoyage.

Click on a KEY CHART to enlarge the image.

I — Chedabucto Bay (Isle Madame, Lennox Passage & Strait of Canso)

Key Chart to Chedabucto Bay Chedabucto Bay—Overview
Bourgeois Inlet
Couteau Inlet
Lennox Passage Bridge
Intracoastal Waterway
 —Lennox Passage to West Arichat
Petit-de-Grat Harbour
Pirate Harbour

II — The Bras d'Or Lakes System

Overview of chart areas for Bras d'or Lakes
Bras d'Or Lakes—Overview
Draft & Mast Height Restrictions
Lobster Fishing Season 2016 — LFA-28
Bras d'Or Lakes, LFA-28 — May 7 to July 6
NOTE: These dates are provisional only. Check back later for actual dates.

Key Chart to St Peters Inlet

St Peters Inlet

St Peters Inlet—Overview
St Peter's & Canal
St Peter's Lock Hours
St Peters Inlet—Charts A & B
Cape George Harbour
MacNabs Cove
Johnstown Harbour

Key Chart to West Bay

West Bay

West Bay—Overview
Morrison Harbour (Morrison Head)
Pringle Harbour & MacLeods Pond
Ballams Point (Dundee Resort)
Head of West Bay Cove
Crammond Islands
Ross Pond
Clarke Cove (Marble Mountain)

Key Chart to Malagawatch Basins

Malagawatch & Basins

Little Harbour
Malagawatch Hbr & MacReas Cove
McKinnons Harbour
Entrance to North & Denys Basins
Alba & Estmere
Cassells, Crooked, & Wide Cove
North Basin
Morrison Cove
Blues Cove (Orangedale)
Denys Basin

Key Chart to East Bay

East Bay

East Bay—Overview
MacPhersons Pond
Christmas Pond
McPhee Islands
North Side East Bay—Charts A & B

Key Chart to St Patricks Channel

St Patricks Channel

St Patricks Channel—Overview
Baddeck Bay
Baddeck Harbour
Washabuck River & MacIvers Cove
MacNaughtons Cove
Little Narrows
Maskells Harbour

Key Chart to St Andrews Channel

St Andrews Channel

St Andrews Channel—Overview
Shunacadie & Black Point
Island Point Harbour
Long Island
Georges River
Little Bras d'Or

Key Chart to Great Bras d'Or Channel

Great Bras d'Or Channel

Great Bras d'Or—Overview
Big Harbour
Otter Harbour

III — St Anns Harbour

Key Chart to St Anns Harbour St Anns Harbour—Overview
Jersey Cove & St Anns Harbour Entrance
Goose Cove & North River
Seal Cove
North Gut & South Gut

IV — Highlands Coast

Key Chart for Highland Coast Highlands Coast—Overview
Little River
Ingonish Harbour
Ingonish (MacLeods Point)
Neils Harbour
Bay St Lawrence
Pleasant Bay
Lobster Fishing Season —2016
Lobster fishing season for the Highlands Coast region:
  • West Coast, LFA-26B — from Cape St Lawrence south:
    May 1 to June 30
  • East Coast, LFA-27 — from Cape St Lawrence south:
    May 14 to July 13
NOTE: These dates are provisional only. Check back later for actual dates.

Revised: 2016-03-05Register HERE