Online Navigation Publications For Canadian Recreational Boaters

List compiled by Rob McLean, last updated on: February 25, 2017

Disclaimer: This listing is compiled for the convenience of fellow boaters.  To the best of our knowledge at the time of the latest update, links point to the latest versions of official documents.  However, it is the responsibility of each user of this document to ensure that he or she accesses the latest official version of any listed publication.  Internet links frequently change: if you notice any dead links please inform Rob McLean at rmclean@matrixlinks.ca and we’ll fix them if we can.

Contents

A. Links to official resources that are freely downloadable

B. Links to official resources available for purchase

C. Links to selected relevant laws and regulations

D. Links to selected other resources that are freely downloadable

E. Links to selected other resources available for purchase

 

A. Links to official resources that are freely downloadable

(May be useful to download and store on a computer or mobile device)

• Local Rules and Regulations applying to specific areas.

B. Links to official resources available for purchase

  • Charts and Chart Catalogs: Chart catalogues are available online.  Official paper or digital charts must be purchased from chart dealers.  For more information: http://www.charts.gc.ca/index-eng.asp
  • Sailing Directions / pilot guides: Textual description of the navigation area, designed for use with charts of the areas covered.  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).  See: http://www.charts.gc.ca/publications/sailingdirections-instructionsnautiques-eng.asp
  • Small Craft Guides: Textual description of the navigation area, oriented to small vessels. Available for Trent Severn Waterway and Lake Nipissing.  See http://www.charts.gc.ca/publications/sailingdirections-instructionsnautiques-eng.asp, look under Central Canada Sailing Directions
  • Tidal Current Atlas: Present a comprehensive view of the hourly rate and direction of major tidal currents within specific coastal regions of Canada.  See: http://www.charts.gc.ca/publications/atlas-eng.asp   Tidal Current Atlases are available for:
    • The Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine
    • St. Lawrence Estuary from Cap de Bon-Désir to Trois-Rivières
    • Juan de Fuca Strait to Strait of Georgia on the Pacific coast

C. Links to selected relevant laws and regulations

D. Links to selected other resources that are freely downloadable

Tides

Weather

Celestial Navigation: Nautical Almanac data

https://www.thenauticalalmanac.com

http://www.nauticalalmanac.it/en/navigation-astronomy/the-nautical-almanac.html

http://sv-inua.net/the-nautical-almanac

http://www.backbearing.com/almanac.html

http://astro.ukho.gov.uk/nao/online/

Cruising Info

E. Links to selected other resources available for purchase

   Ports/Waterway Guides

  Weather guides

  Nautical almanacs

  Chart Books (third party)