Dec 14, 2017

Cheticamp 1While much is made of Cape Breton’s Celtic connections to Old Scotland there are also several vibrant Acadian communities on the island. The largest of these is the town of Cheticamp located on the island’s western shore, just south of the entrance to the Highlands National Park. The harbour is well protected and a good jumping off point for a trip to the Magdalen Islands or Eastern PEI.

Cheticamp 2
Cheticamp is the only deep draft harbour on the island’s west coast, with a channel dredged to 12 feet. As a base for a considerable commercial fishing fleet and a large boatbuilding operation, there are many services available. The Dobson Yacht Club in North Sydney maintains www.Cruising-Cape-Breton.info which has detailed information about the harbour and approaches:

Cheticamp 3“… A major expansion of the wharf at La Digue (at the north end of the harbour) has taken place recently and construction is ongoing at the new marine facility (Chéticamp Marina) in the south end of the harbour, including a travel-lift that can handle boats up to 250 tonnes. Although this is an Acadian settlement, English is widely spoken, being a major tourist centre on the Cabot Trail. Most facilities can be found here.

Navigation: Range lights on Caveau Point provide approach guidance, and will bring you onto the well-buoyed channel through the sandbars at the entrance. Once past La Digue and the sandbar from extending from Chéticamp Island, good depths are found throughout the harbour until past Chéticamp Marina. There is ample room to anchor. Cruisers need not worry about entering during lobster season, though dockage may be scarce at that time. Charges for overnight dockage at La Digue and the Town wharf are quite expensive.”
Cheticamp

Charts: Chéticamp Harbour CHS Chart #4464 – Chéticamp to Cape St Lawrence #4449

Services: Chéticamp, Grand Étang and Margaree Harbours Amenities: diesel, dockage, water, power Co-Op food store, Home Hardware, NSLC, Hospital (Sacred Heart Community Health Centre), Credit Union, Royal Bank of Canada, many eateries, service station (gas & diesel), hauling, layup”

The Harbour Authority of Chéticamp (Manages the fishing harbour, La Digue, and the public wharf) PO Box 178, Chéticamp, Inverness County, NS B0E 1H0 Phone: 902-224-3009 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.hacheticamp.ca

St PierreSt Pierre, Chéticamp

Although somewhat off he beaten track for cruising yachts Cheticamp is well worth a visit. There have been improvements to the boardwalk area and the town rewards a walkabout. The local “hookers”, Rug Hookers that is, are famous and St. Pierre, the Catholic Church is quite spectacular. Photographer Michel Soucy retired to the area a few years ago and his photos are well worth checking out at www.michelsoucy.ca.

All Photos by Michel Soucy


Port of OrilliaTake your boat and a beautiful waterfront setting, pair that with a fantastic musical lineup of over 100 Canadian and international performers, spice it up with an awesome food truck alley, add in an artistically diverse artisan’s marketplace and finish it with a Folkplay area dedicated to children’s fun and you have the successful recipe for the Mariposa Folk Festival.

Each July this longstanding musical tradition kicks off the summer at Tudhope Park in Orillia on the picturesque shores of Lake Couchiching and you can get there by boat. This year’s festival runs July 5-7 and is celebrating 20 years back in the city where it all began 59 years ago.

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Dear Doris

Clarity Nicoll

I grew up in a sailing family. My mother comes from a long line of sailors, my dad works in the marine industry and my brother and I have travelled up and down the eastern coast racing with and against each other. Yet, somehow, I had fallen in love with a No,ON-sailor (please note, the use of capital letters).

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