Essential Services & Supplies

• Hospitals & Community Health Centres

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

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

• Pumpout Stations

Map of Cape Breton IslandCLICK on the map to see locations and phone numbers for pumpout stations.
Call ahead to confirm operational status. Pumpout stations usually have restricted hours of operation and may be inoperative.

As of January 2019, pumpout stations in the vicinity of Cape Breton Island were known to exist 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

• Marine Parts & Supplies

The fishing industry demands frequent and rapid delivery of marine parts and supplies. The island has been well-served for many years by two major distributors: Mermaid Marine (Charlottetown PE) and Stright-MacKay (New Glasgow NS), which are now merged under a new company: Maritime Marine Supply. It has an extensive dealer network. Dealers 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 Hawkesbury
  • Port Hood
  • Port Morien
  • St Peter's
  • Sydney (4)
If a dealer hasn't 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.

• 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 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

Table of supplies

Cape Breton

Table of supplies

• 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 or 800-557-5594 (toll-free)
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

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA):

Within Canada: 1-800-461-9999 (toll-free) or
Outside Canada: 1-204-983-3500; 1-506-636-5064
Clearance: For arrivals in Canada, the vessel must arrive at a marine telephone reporting site and the master must immediately call the Telephone Reporting Centre at 1-888-226-7277. Only the master may leave the vessel until authorization is given by the CBSA.
Ports of Entry (Local) for CANPASS/Private BoatThe CANPASS/Private Boat program has been discontinued as of 3 April 2018. Current members can maintain privileges until their membership expires. and NEXUS/Marine: Sydney, Louisbourg, St Peter's, Porthawkesbury, Canso.

Search & Rescue (SAR) Centres:

Contact Canadian Coast Guard MCTS on VHF-16 or 16 on mobile phone,
or telephone the nearest Rescue Centre at one of the numbers below.
Toll free numbers are only valid within each region.
Area SAR Centre
QC MRSC Québec, QC
NL MRSC St John's, NL

Pollution Reporting:

Report pollution to Canadian Coast Guard MCTS on VHF-16 or 16 on mobile phone,
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: 2022-03-21