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Updates to Nova Scotia Cruising Guide

The Cruising Guide to the Nova Scotia Coast

Updates to the 2020 Edition

24 February 2020

Page 4: Correct Bluewater Books & Charts phone numbers to read: 1-954-763-6533 and 1-800-942-2583

Page 5: Under Publications add

Nova Scotia Boating Guide, also available in paper from Develop Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Tourism

Page 11 Cell phone service:  Milt Baker advises that a masthead cellular antenna, heavy-duty LMR400 cabling, and a powerful cellular booster can significantly extend range.  A tech-savvy friend who cruised with us last summer in Nova Scotia had just such a rig and reported routinely receiving great cellular signals up to 12 miles from the shore-based antennas.  He was almost never without usable cell service/data along the coast of Nova Scotia and through the Bras d’Or Lakes. 

Page 76 East River: The boatyard at East River is under new ownership as East River Shipyard. I addition to services noted in the Guide, they have fuel, a chandlery with basic supplies on hand and orders delivered with one day turn around, transport to local grocery, liquor and hardware stores, and engine, electrical, fiberglass and painting services. They can offer tax exempt services (labour and materials) to American clients who stay for winter refits. Contact them at, 902-299-3511.

Page 162 St Peter’s Inlet Beaver Narrows clearance under overhead power lines: The latest charts show clearance of 27 metres and the Sailing Directions recommend a 5 metre safety margin. This leaves 22 metres (72 feet) which is the number given in the Cruising Guide to Nova Scotia. However, in January 2020 Nova Scotia Power advised that they have done accurate surveys of the Beaver Narrows power line crossing and the safe clearance is 27.4 metres (90 feet) including allowances for temperature and sag in the lines, changes in water level, moisture in the air and an appropriate safety margin. But NSP also cautioned that other power line crossings may not have been surveyed with the same degree of accuracy and in other locations the 5-metre safety margin under the charted clearance should be respected to avoid risk of arcing.



February 2, 2020


  • OVERVIEW of harbour -- the key factor(s) that make it worthy of consideration
  • LAT/LON and local chart number
  • APPROACH to harbour identifying buoys, landmarks, ranges, any dangers that could help make a safe entry in limited visibility
  • ANCHORING/DOCKING options with details, including depths (at MLW). If a harbourmaster is in charge, please provide details and contact info. Also, the degree of protection from wind and wave action
  • FOR THE BOAT – describe facilities including water, fuel, electrical hookups
  • FOR THE CREW – showers, laundry, groceries, restaurants, museums, car rentals, taxis, etc.  Plus, nearby places of interest to visit, such as hikes or natural phenomena
  • ADVICE – any special recommendations – for or against
  • HISTORY – local stories and history of significance
  • UPDATES – anything that corrects info in the current edition of the guide.
  • SKETCH CHARTS (carefully drawn with as much detail as possible) for areas where existing charts do not exist or accurately portray the harbour’s characteristics
  • PHOTOS that:
    1. Provide useful perspective of features not obvious from existing charts, such as the location of docks or the best place to anchor
    2. Are beautiful shots that make the area and your boat look appealing

We realize that’s a lot of detail. For many harbors, only some of these factors will apply.



  • High-resolution images at 300 dpi with a minimum frame dimension of 4 x 4 inches – larger sizes preferred
  • Unadjusted/retouched images in JPEG, TIFF, or RAW file types. Others may be possible 
  • The relationship between digital image pixels and maximum print size is as follows: 600 x 900 pixels = 2 x 3 inches; 1200 x 1800 pixels = 4 x 6 inches; 2400 x 3000 pixels = 8 x 10 inches. The more pixels a photo has, the better the clarity will be when printed.
  • If an Apple user, please be certain files are JPEGs or TIFFs that are Windows and PC compatible


  • Harbor/village shots that help readers understand “the lay of the land” and water
    • Approach and entrance with important identifying marks, rocks, unusual land features or lighthouses
    • Dockage or wharves where available
    • Where to land to get ashore
    • Town or waterfront area (harbormaster’s office, fuel depot, shops, etc.)
    • Anchoring area(s) with protection from seas and winds
    • Overview shots from a high hill or drone are particularly welcome
  • Beauty shots that add to the allure of area or province depicted, all well-lit (ideally with sunrise or sunset colors)
    • Sailboats under sail or anchored in especially beautiful settings*
    • Ditto for power cruising boats.
    • Wildlife shots, including whales, seals, seabirds, etc.
    • Shoreside flora and fauna
    • Interesting people when there is a story to be told
    • Icebergs (for Newfoundland and Labrador)

       *    These shots will be considered for covers and will need to be 8 x 10 inches at 300 dpi or larger


  • All photos will be credited to the photographer owning the copyright
  • Photos submitted must be your own, or you must obtain the photographer’s written permission.


  • Via email to the respective editor for individual files or
  • Upload multiple photo files to Dropbox using a public guide specific link such as:

NOTE ABOUT VIDEOGRAPHY: Video files may also be welcome under certain conditions. Please contact the CCANP Publisher at

Call for Updates

Mariners: You are our greatest resource. If you are sailing these waters, you are in the best position to share timely updates based on your observations. Please send your updates to this guide to

Thank you!