Nautical Charts and Publications

CHS's exceptional nautical charts and publications help ensure the safe navigation of Canada's waterways.

  • Paper Charts
    CHS offers 946 charts, covering all three of Canada's coastlines plus major inland waterways.
  • Digital Charts
    Providing more information than paper charts, digital charts are available on CD with technical support and easy access to updates.
  • Nautical Publications
    Companion products for nautical charts that are critical to safety at sea.
  • Replaced and Withdrawn Charts
    Check the list of all cancelled CHS charts and their replacements to ensure you have the latest.
  • Instructional Charts
    CHS offers charts that can be used for instructional purposes by marine training programs.
  • Eliminating Canada - U.S. ENC Overlaps
    To comply with internationally agreed practices, Canada and the United States have agreed to eliminate overlapping coverage of Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs).
  • Arctic Voyage Planning Guide
    A compilation of data and services relevant to mariners travelling in the Arctic region of Canada.

It's the Law

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.