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Cruising the Canadian Maritimes 2024

      August 13, 2024

My car is available at Blake’s Cove for provisioning at Hannaford’s Market (cubed and block ice); propane at Shore Hills Campground 553 Wiscasset Rd (RT 27), Boothbay; slips and moorings at Carousel Marina, Boothbay (use Dockwa under 40 ft $45, over 40 ft $55, moorings $30, launch provided to town; truck available to Hannaford’s, fuel, treated gasoline, ice, restaurant and bar. Owner is Mike. Daughter is Jax) Moorings also available thru Dockwa at Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club.
Limited moorings also available thru Slingerland at Blake’s Boatyard.

5pm Crew Meeting.

BYOB/Pot Luck BBQ on grill at Slingerland cottage. 5 minute walk from Blake’s Boatyard which has dinghy tie-up.

My car still available at Blake’s Boatyard. Will need to know numbers.

Cruise Itinerary - last updated Feb 1, 2024

Carter's Beach

August 14, 2024Wed

5:30 pm short make up crew meeting for those who missed yesterday at cottage or Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. If we want it (and set it up in advance): 5:30 pm Cocktails/Group dinner at Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club (could be with BWSC Maine Cruise participants). 

August 15, 2024 Thur

Boothbay (NOAA chart 13293) (43 50 77, 69 38 45) Depart. 

August 15-16

Matinicus 37nm (43 51 82, 68 52 89)

Short radio roll call 7pm. Old Cove and/or Criehaven is overflow anchorage Depart Matinicus early morning 8/16 Fri


August 17-19

Shelburne (charts 4241, 4209) 178nm (43 45 2, 65 19 2)

Arrive Shelburne Harbor Yacht Club 8/17 Sat. evening. Short radio roll call/cell text/InReach texting/SSB for position check and Customs coordination on approach. If possible, Clear Customs and enjoy the Club, bar, porch, grill your dinner, showers, laundry, crew point. 8/18 Sun morning, Clear Customs if not done already: dinghy or bike or drive to town. Re-provision. Crew point. Take a Shelburne County Museum walking tour of town or bike/walk 3.5 km Shelburne Rail Trail followed by dinner at Charlotte Lane Cafe (formal – rec by Cheryl Barr) or ax throwing (inc. pint ofr beer $30/pp and maybe music) at the Boxing Rock Taproom.  Depart 8/19 Mon




August 19 – 20

Lockeport 18nm (43 41.9, 65 6.6)

Arrive 8/19 Mon. White Gull Marina (restaurant too) or anchor.Walk east end of South Street; walk from Little School Museum at eastern end of Locke St and along beach to the info center & interpretative displays. Boardwalk along dunes is lit at night. The Locke Island Tea House. Depart August 20


August 20-21

Port Mouton (Carter’s Beach) (chart 4240) 25nm (43 54 5, 64 42 5)

Like Roque Island. Depart 9/21 Sat. BBQ/Pot Luck on beach? Horseshoes?


August 21-22

La Have River (Creaser Cove) (charts 4384, 4394, 4395) 34nm (44 17 53,64 20 3)

Breakfast coffee and bakery in morning by dinghy at LaHave Bakery Outfitters


August 22 Thurs-24 Sat

Lunenburg (chart 4384, 4328) 15nm (44 22 49,64 18 6)

Fisherman’s Museum group tour - BlueNose


August 24 Sat-26 Mon

Mahone Bay Town (chart 4381) 18nm (44 26 85, 64 22 25)

Supermarket is better than in Chester. Adjoining Farmer’s Market. Laundry. Walk the shops on Main St. Photo shoot the three churches late afternoon from the water. Take Cheryl Barr out to dinner at Mateus Bistro (closed Wednesdays) 902-531-3711. Maybe live music there. Depart 8/26 mon


August 26-28 Wed

Chester 10nm. (44 32 22, 64 14.8)

Fo’c’sle Tavern dinner and maybe live music


August 28-30 Fri

Rogues Roost (chart 4386) 27nm (44 28 47,63 45 28)

Walk path to top of hill for “stunning” view - west side of south cove

Maybe a potluck or breakfast onboard



August 30-31 Saturday

Inner Sambro Island (chart 4237) 13nm (44 28 64,63 36 09)

Crew point with transportation to Halifax. Walk the island for strawberries. Anchor in bay at western side of Inner Sambro Island’s northern edge


August 31-September 1

Jeddore Harbor (chart 4236, 4347) 36nm (44 45 49,63 03)

Dinner at country inn at east end of bridge




September 1-3 Tues

Sally's Cove (Shelter Cove) (chart 4236) 25nm (44 47 08,62 39 30)

Pretty, sheltered anchorage.  BBQ/potluck on beach



September 3-4

Beaver Harbor/McLeod Island (chart 4235) 17nm (44 53 95,62 24 51)

Anchor 2 boats plus in Horsehead Cove. Overflow, more scenic but less sheltered McLead Island. Movie and/or game night – rafted up?



September 4-6

Liscomb River Lodge (chart 4234) 28nm (45 0 54,62 6 03)

Use stern anchor. Walk trails. Dinner in lodge. Plank salmon.


September 6-7

Isaac’s Harbor (chart 4234) 29nm (45 10 8,61 39 2)

Ice cream at snack bar on the wharf


September 7-8

Yankee Cove and Prices Island (Whitehead Harbor) (chart 4233) 32nm (45 13 99,61 9 52)

Avoid uncharted/inaccurately charted rock (marked in CCA cruising guide and labelled “Mother’s Rock”) maybe a cocktail hour and another game night, rafted up?


September 8-9

Canso 18nm (45 20.2, 60 59.22)

This is in the Andrew Passage, saves time and avoids potential rougher conditions on the outside.  But fog is prevalent. Oldest continuously inhabited town in Nova Scotia (1604). Anchor or marina.  Hit the tavern. Portage Cove in the alternative. Yankee Cove to Arichat or Jerseyman’s is another option but takes you outside passage - 29nm


September 9-10 Tues

Haddock Harbour 21nm (45 32.44, 61 07.96)

Sheltered and deserted. This is located in Lennox Passage.  A 16nm inland waterway hardly  ever visited by cruising boats. “Every bit as attractive as the more popular (anchorages) in the Bras d’Or Lakes”.  Sheltered from Atlantic swells. Picturesque, tranquil.


September 10-11 Wed

D’Escousse Harbour 11nm (45 35.9, 60 57.6)

Anchor, raft up 3 deep on public wharf or moor at the Lennox Passage Yacht Club, the most unlikely place to find a yacht club. Shower, laundry, general store. A large supermarket is a 5 mile drive to Arichat.  Folks likely willing to take us. Coordinate the shop. Hit the Groundswell Pub.




September 11-12 Thur

Marble Harbor/Marble Mountain (chart 4279) 25nm (45 49 86,61 01)

(Stop at St Peters Marina (45 39 72,60 52 50) along the way if provisioning needed after transiting the canal). Spring water, wash rooms, public wharf. White sand beach.  Great swimming in turquoise water. Visit the vineyard and  quarry.




September 12-13 Fri

McPhee Island 22nm (45 56 6, 60 33.46)

9 wooded and uninhabited islands. White Sand beach and excellent swimming in clear water.


September 13-14 Sat

Maskells Harbor 18nm  (46 01.3, 60 47.3)

Surrounded by steep rolling hills and almost landlocked by a sandbar. Unspoiled beauty. A popular anchorage.


September 14-15 Sun

Baddeck (chart 4278) 6nm (46 05 9, 60 44 8) customs & haul

Marble Mtn to Baddeck is 24 nm. If delayed 1 day getting to Bras d’or Lakes, we can skip McPheee Island to keep scheduled arrival. If delayed 2 days , we can also skip Maskells Harbor.


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A Sailing Cruise to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland

Thursday, August 15, 2024 to Sunday, September 15, 2024
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