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Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is safe to enter in any weather, including thick fog. In early summer (May 15 to July 15) the Cape Breton Island coast, including the entrance to Sydney Harbour, is littered with lobster traps. The best approach, to avoid fouling a trap buoy, is to follow the fairway, which is marked by two fairway buoys (SA and SC) and a pair of range lights. Once past South Bar there are no more lobster traps.

Sydney is the nearest major harbour, having a full range of marine services and supplies, for cruisers venturing to Newfoundland or to the French islands of St-Pierre and Miquelon. It is a favoured port for departure or arrival and The Dobson Yacht Club always extends a warm welcome to those making the voyage. It is an ideal port to shelter from bad weather and to wait for a weather window to make the crossing.

The Dobson Yacht Club is renowned for its hospitality and welcomes all visiting boaters. We invite you to come and stay with us. Those wishing to have their boats transported by land may load or unload their boats at DYC. Special arrangements can be made for the lay-up of your boat over the winter, or to have maintenance or repairs performed on-site.

The maximum tidal range in Sydney Harbour is 4.4 feet (1.3 metres). However, strong winds and high/low barometric pressure can also have a very strong influence on water levels.

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Cape Breton Island Map
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Chart of Dobson YC
Marine Weather   Tides for Sydney

Charts for Sydney Harbour and Approaches
CHART AREA SCALE
4266 Sydney Harbour
North Sydney
International Piers
Sydney Wharves
Sydney River
Sydport
20,000
6,000
6,000
6,000
6,000
6,000
4367 Flint Island to Cape Smoky 75,000
4015 Sydney to Saint-Pierre 350,000

Local Chart Dealers:
Spartan Industrial Marine
PO Box 38, Pier Postal Station
1291 Victoria Road
Sydney NS, B1N 3B1
Tel: 564-5425
Land Information Centre
Map Library
380 Kings Road
Sydney, NS, B1S 1A8
Tel: 563-2281
Vernon d'Eon Lobster Plugs Ltd
5 Court Street
North Sydney, NS, B2A 3M1
Tel: 794-2207