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

Nautical publications

Nautical publications for use with charts to ensure safety at sea, including tide and harbour guides.

Paper charts

Paper charts covering all 3 of Canada’s coastlines plus major lakes and inland waterways.

Digital charts

Nautical charts available for download, with access to updates and technical support.

Find a dealer

Names, locations and contact data for chart dealers across Canada and around the world.

Replaced and withdrawn charts

List of all cancelled charts and their updated replacements.

Canada-U.S. chart coordination agreement

Agreement to eliminate overlapping coverage of digital charts.

Arctic Voyage Planning Guide

Information for vessels travelling in the Canadian Arctic.

Commemorative charts

Charts produced by the Canadian Hydrographic Service to honour events from Canadian history.

Instructional charts

The Canadian Hydrographic Service offers 2 charts available for instructional purposes.

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