SAILING DIRECTIONS are the indispensable companions to charts. Sailing Directions is a great tool for planning and assisting in navigation because they provide information that cannot be shown on a chart.
Available for purchase from an authorized chart dealer.
Sailing Direction Coverage:
There are 34 Sailing Directions booklets and 2 Small Craft Guides covering Canadian waters. Thirty of these Sailing Directions booklets are available as Print-On-Demand (POD).
A POD Sailing Directions is being printed with all Notices to Mariners updates.
Visit the following pages for listings and coverage diagrams.
- Atlantic Coast Sailing Directions
- Central Canada Sailing Directions
- Pacific Coast Sailing Directions
- Northern Canada Sailing Directions
Sailing Directions Features:
|Oblique aerial photography of harbours and prominent features|
|Plans of harbours, wharves and bridges supplemental to those carried on the charts.|
|Voyage Planning : historical meteorological and ice conditions, climate, tidal streams, distance between ports tables, preferred routes, preferred tides or weather conditions to enter or leave port or to make passage, regulations.|
|Safety Information: Canadian buoyage system description, cold water survival, effect of wind on exposed persons, sailing plan, distress assistance.|
|Cultural and historical information: description of government, ethnicity of the population, historically significant points of interest, ecological reserves, plant and animal life.|
|Port Facilities: berths, anchorage, mooring, fresh water, fuel, waste oil collection, chandlery, slips, medical.|
|Navigation Objects: buoys, lights, radio aids, conspicuous objects (headlands, hills, churches, towers), calling-in-points, traffic lanes.|
|Dangers: rocks, reefs, wrecks, currents, local ice conditions, local weather conditions affecting safe navigation.|
|Government Agencies: Pilotage, Life Saving Stations, Customs, Search and Rescue, Coast Guard, Police.|