Nautical Charts and Services

Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)’s exceptional nautical charts and navigational products help ensure the safe navigation of Canada’s waterways. Our charts are the ‘road maps’ that guide mariners safely from port to port. With increasing commercial shipping, fishing activity, recreational boating, and the development of ocean resources, the role of CHS is more vital than ever.

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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 Charts and Publications

Find, register and purchase digital and paper charts and check the list for replaced and withdrawn charts. Get access to a wide range of nautical publications.

Data Products and Surveys

Access hydrographic survey results and data, such as water depths, hazards to navigation, tides, currents and water levels, and sea bottom characteristics. Includes information on horizontal control data, bathymetric maps and maritime boundaries maps.

Copyright and Licensing

Find out how to access and use Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) products and data. Includes information on CHS products and manufacturers, licensing agreements, royalty rates and intellectual property.

Arctic Charting

Learn how Arctic seabed surveys are conducted, what challenges are faced, what technologies are employed, and what new opportunities are emerging – including how hydrography supports Northern safety and sovereignty, science and archeology.

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