Sailing Directions

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.

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.

Don't leave port without it!