Nautical Charts and Publications
Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)’s exceptional nautical charts and publications help ensure the safe navigation of Canada's waterways.
All vessels in Canadian waters must carry and use nautical charts and related publications pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, that are issued by, or on the authority of, the Canadian Hydrographic Service.
Services and information
Companion products for nautical charts that are critical to safety at sea.
Choose from over 940 charts covering all three of Canada’s coastlines plus major lakes and inland waterways.
Providing more information than paper charts, digital charts are available to licence and come with regular access to updates. Technical support is available as needed.
Check the list of all cancelled CHS charts and their replacements to ensure you have the latest.
CHS offers charts that can be used for instructional purposes by marine training programs.
To comply with internationally agreed practices, Canada and the United States have agreed to eliminate overlapping coverage of Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs).
A compilation of data and services relevant to mariners travelling in the Arctic region of Canada.
An explanatory note about the temporary and preliminary Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR) practice.
CHS may receive new information pertaining to navigation from various sources.
The Canadian Hydrographic Service produced commemorative charts to pay tribute to important events that occurred in Canadian history.