Canadian Hydrographic Service Digital Charts®

Although CHS does not sell charts directly to the public, we distribute to over 800 dealers across Canada and around the world. You can use this site to find the chart you need and the dealer nearest you. You can also register your digital chart to ensure you receive the latest updates.

CHS offers exceptional digital charts in two formats: vector Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) in the S-57 format and Raster Navigational Charts (RNC) in the BSB format. Digital charts are available individually and in pre-packaged geographic collections on CD and on-line.

ENCs offer powerful on-screen navigation via an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) and meet the official S-57 international standard.

Raster navigational charts (RNC) are simple electronic versions of paper charts, popular on pleasure craft.  Mariners using RNCs are required under the Canada Shipping Act to also carry paper charts as a backup.

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PAC02 - Vancouver Island East

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How to Purchase

How to Purchase

Our charts and publications are carried by over 800 dealers across Canada and around the world. Search our database to find the dealer nearest you. In some cases you will be able to purchase directly from a dealer’s web site or you will be able to order by phone.

Once you receive your Canadian Hydrographic Service Digital Charts®, don’t forget to register them with CHS on this site to ensure you receive the latest updates. If you have raster navigational charts you must register to allow decryption before they can be used.  You will receive an activation code at the time of registration.

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Register Your Chart

Once you receive your digital chart from a CHS authorized dealer, you must register your chart within 30 days of purchase to ensure you receive the latest updates and support. 

You can register your digital chart online or by phone at 1 (866) 833-6676.  Your registration is valid for two years and entitles you to receive updates and new editions within this timeframe. To learn more, you can read our End-User License Agreement which highlights your rights as a user of CHS charts.

If you have a raster chart (BSB format), you must register your chart to decrypt it and begin using it.  You will receive an activation code at the time of registration.

If you are having trouble registering your chart, call 1 (866) 833-6676 or email

Privacy Notice Regarding Registration of Canadian Hydrographic Service Electronic Charts

When registering your CHS digital navigational charts in either raster BSB or vector S-57 format you will be asked to provide your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address to allow CHS to provide you with the decryption codes for raster BSB charts, and to enable you to obtain updates to your licensed digital charts for the term of your licence. All registrations are processed exclusively within the Government of Canada secure server environment. Personal information collected, used and disclosed by the federal government is governed by the Privacy Act. Should you have any questions please contact:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tower B, Place de Ville
112 Kent Street, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H3
Phone: 1 (800) 282-1376

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Find Digital Chart Updates

Many mariners understand the importance of having charts onboard but it’s just as important to ensure your charts are up to date. If a buoy has changed or there is a new obstruction, you need to know about it before you encounter it, not after. CHS regularly updates charts and it’s essential you have the latest updates for safe navigation.

If you have registered your digital charts with CHS, you will automatically receive updates and new editions for two years from the date of registration.

  • Electronic Navigational Charts:
    You will receive updates for the duration of your licence through an online account CHS will set up for you after you register your chart.
  • Raster Navigational Charts:
    If you have registered a 2016 raster (BSB) CD, you will now have access to our new online service for monthly updates for the duration of your licence. Or, you can request an updated CD which will be available each May.

KEEP YOUR CHARTS UP TO DATE.   Every month we update Canadian Hydrographic Service Digital Charts® to ensure you are navigating with the latest available information.  Updates may consist of a New Chart, a New Edition or a change to the existing edition of a chart as advertised in Notices to Mariners.  Monthly updates are included with your licence.

CHS’ BSBv4 charts are not GIS compatible.

If you wish to use CHS BSB charts in GIS software please contact CHS by e-mail at for the appropriate licence agreement and we will then provide you with files appropriate for use with GIS.