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 a pair of range lights. Once past South Bar there are no more lobster traps. In the Fall of 2011 most buoys were removed for a dredging operation, completed in January 2012. As of March 2015 the new configuration of navaids has yet to fully implemented.
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.
Cape Breton Island Map
Chart of Dobson YC
|Marine Weather||Tides for Sydney|
|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: 902 564-5425
|Vernon d'Eon Lobster Plugs Ltd
252 Commercial Street
North Sydney, NS, B2A 1B8
Tel: 902 794-2207