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 Canada - General Info

Time Zone

Canada has six time zones, with Newfoundland at UTC -3.5 to the Pacific coast at UTC -8. Most places add one hour for daylight saving from the 2nd Sunday in March to the 1st Sunday in November.

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
Voltage: 120 V
Frequency: 60 Hz
Electricity is available at all marinas and many docks.

Fuel
Most main marinas have fuel docks or one nearby.

Water
Water is available at nearly all marinas and docks.

LPG
Propane cylinders are widely avaiable and can be exchanged or re-filled.
Cylinders must be inspected and re-qualified every 10 years. It is against the law to fill an outdated cylinder.

Chandlery
There is a large number of chandleries and one can be found at all major settlements.

Newfoundland

Apart from in St. Johns, most grocery stores are not very well stocked and have poor or no fresh produce. Prices for some staples are high - for example milk.

Money

Canadian dollar of 100 cents (Can$).

Communications

International dialing code for Canada is +1 plus area/city code.

A prepaid Canada SIM card with an international cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution for staying in touch while in Canada. Pay the local rate for local calls and use a cellular phone in Canada like you do at home.

Diplomatic Missions

Foreign Embassies in Canada

Foreign Embassies in Canada

Emergencies

Dial 911 (for firemen/police/ambulances)

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

WEST COAST

Waggoner Cruising Guide to the Pacific North West (2016)
Download for free at http://waggonerguide.com/download-the-2016-waggoner-cruising-guide/

Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula to Vancouver Island
Published by: RCC Pilotage Foundation (2nd Edition March 2017)
A free download from www.rccpf.org.uk
This file covers the area from Aleutian Islands, Kodiak Island, Alaska to Vancouver Island BC including Queen Charlotte Islands. In addition to RCC Members’ reports on well over 275 harbours and anchorages, it includes ‘getting there’ experience and advice and lists and links to other useful information.

Arctic and Northern Waters Including Faroe, Iceland and Greenland
By RCCPF/Andrew Wilkes
ISBN 9781846235030
Published by: Imray (1st edn 2016)
A major new work from the RCC Pilotage Foundation, this pilot covers the Northwest and Northeast Passages through the Arctic Ocean. The RCCPF website has supplementary information to this guide free to download.

Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia: Blunden Harbour to Dixon Entrance, Including the Queen Charlotte Islands
By Don Douglass and Reanne Hemingway-Douglass
Publisher: Fine Edge Productions; 2nd edition (February 1, 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0938665809

Exploring the South Coast of British Columbia: Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound to Port Hardy and Blunden Harbour
By Don Douglass and Reanne Hemingway Douglass
Publisher: Fine Edge Productions; 3rd edition (August 26, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1932310238

British Colombia: Salish Sea Pilot's Cruising Guides 
http://salishseapilot.com/
For the San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound. Completely rebuilt for 2015. Guides to Puget Sound and the Sunshine Coast due for release during 2015. Continually updated. Cost $5.

Exploring the North Coast of British Columbia: Blunden Harbour to Dixon Entrance, Including the Queen Charlotte Islands
By Don Douglass and Reanne Hemingway-Douglass
Publisher: Fine Edge Productions; 2nd edition (February 1, 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0938665809

Exploring the South Coast of British Columbia: Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound to Port Hardy and Blunden Harbour
By Don Douglass and Reanne Hemingway Douglass
Publisher: Fine Edge Productions; 3rd edition (August 26, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1932310238

British Colombia: Salish Sea Pilot's Cruising Guides 
http://salishseapilot.com/
For the San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound. Completely rebuilt for 2015. Guides to Puget Sound and the Sunshine Coast due for release during 2015. Continually updated. Cost $5.

EAST COAST

Cruising Guide to Newfoundland
By Alexander Weld & the Cruising Club of America
Publisher Members of the Cruising Club of America
ISBN: x11750

Cruising Notes on the Coast of Labrador (Blog)
http://annie-hill.blogspot.com/search/label/Labrador
Collected by Pete and Annie Hill (1997) and Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson (2002).

A Complete Cruising Guide to the Down East Circle Route
By Capt. Cheryl Barr
Publisher: Yacht Pilot Publishing
Covers the Hudson River, Erie Canal, E Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Bras d'Or Lakes

Cruising Guide to the Canadian Maritimes
By Capt. Cheryl Barr
Publisher: Yacht Pilot Publishing
Covers Coastal Cape Breton, Bras d'Or Lakes, S Coast Newfoundland, Saint-Pierre & Miquelon, Magdalen Islands.

GENERAL

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
3rd Edition October 2016
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition

Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-926596-83-9
A Navigational & Piloting Guide of Suggested Routes with Waypoints from Eastern Canada to Grenada including: the Canadian & USA E. Coasts, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward & Windward Islands.
Read Review here

High Latitude Sailing
How to sail the cold waters of the world
Published June 2014
By Jon Amtrup - Co-author Bob Shepton
ISBN 978-82-999676-0-0
Kindle version available on amazon.com

Addicted to Adventure - Between rocks and cold places
By Bob Shepton 
Publisher Adlard Coles Nautical May 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1472905864
See Bloomsbury
Battling Atlantic storms, losing a mast in Antarctica, sailing the Arctic, skiing across remote regions, climbing and sailing through the North West Passage.

Canadian Tourism Commission

Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism

Bluewater Cruising Association
Offshore cruising club based in Vancouver that holds club nights in Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria and Nanaimo but has wordwide membership.
http://www.bluewatercruising.org/

Boating in Ontario

For extensive listing of marinas and boating services in B.C. web site Boaters Blue Pages

Coastapus
https://www.coastapus.com/
A blog dedicated to sailing on the west coast of British Columbia. The authors have been cruising the area for 10 years and with countless places to explore by sailboat, their blog shares destinations, anchorages, events and general ideas for spending time on your sailboat in BC.

Atlantic to Great Lakes - Choosing your Great Loop route
The Waterway Guide looks at the planning for this route.
Cruising Notes on the Coast of Labrador
Collected by Pete and Annie Hill (1997) and Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson (2002).
Noonsite Introduction to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop
The Intracoastal Waterway surrounds the entire eastern and southern seaboards of the United States. Combined with major inland rivers and canals, it is possible to take a circular route from Florida to the Great Lakes and back to Florida, circumnavigating the eastern half of the United States entirely by water: this is known as the Great Loop. This report is an introduction for foreign cruisers who may not be familiar with procedures.
North West Passage 2015
Family cruising boat SY Salty left Massachusetts USA in May of 2015 and arrived in Nome Alaska 4 months later.
Sailing to Alaska
Seattle to Alaska and back, and everything inbetween. Three months, 4000 miles. Derek Hillen and his young family undertook this trip during the Summer of 2013 and his article is wonderful reading for anyone considering this trip.
Six and a half weeks sailing around Newfoundland
Summer 2015
The Wild Coast of Quebec
February 2016
A cruising family discovers the remote islands of Northeastern Quebec and navigates the rocky coastline.

Update History

January 2017: Formalities updated.
June 2015: Publications checked
February 2015: Formalities, weather, documents and restrictions updated.
February 2013: Formalities checked. Web addresses checked/updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Jan 22, 2017 09:45 AM

The best advice is to contact the Canadian Reporting station and ensure that your passports are properly stamped on departure and to have all your official boat papers (including insurance) in order. The USA Customs & Border Protection (CBP) service does not normally issue a zarpe for boats leaving their shores and, conversely, does not appear to expect one on those arriving either.

eonolan
eonolan says:
Jan 11, 2017 11:58 PM

I have a British-flagged vessel, and will be leaving Canada for the US in May. I can find no reference anywhere on Transport Canada, or elsewhere, of 'outbound clearance' requirements. I am familiar with entry requirements for the US.... Is there a zarpe or equivalent, in order to leave Canada?

Paul tudor-stack
Paul tudor-stack says:
Apr 07, 2016 12:34 AM

Regarding pepper spray: bear spray is fine. There is a size limitation and it to be designed for use with bears (it's all in the labelling).

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