Baddeck Harbour

Welcome

The picturesque and well-protected Baddeck harbour has been a destination for cruising yachts and local boaters for generations. 

To enter Baddeck's deep-water harbour, pass east or west of Kidston Island. The public wharf offers overnight berthing from

May 1 to October 15. Reservations can be made online with our dock reservation form. Otherwise, spots are based on availability. 30, 50, and 100 Amp power service and water will be available on September 15, 2021.

Overnight spaces are limited from mid-July to mid-August. Our quiet anchorage provides good holding and protection from most wind directions for those who choose to anchor. From our wharf you are just a short walk to the heart of the village. 

 

Coordinates: 46° 5.958' N 60° 44.819' W

Bras d'Or Lakes Marine Charts No. 4277, 4278, 4279

Stay at Our Public Docks

Daytime Berth

Daytime berthing is free based on availability and is first-come, first-served. Daytime boats must depart when the overnight boater arrives at the designated location. No reservation is required for daytime use. Water is available for daytime boaters. 
 

Overnight Berthing Rates

–Vessels up to 50 feet (15.2m) $1.50 per ft

–Vessels 51 feet – 80 feet (15.5m – 24.4m) $2.00 per ft

–Vessels greater than 80 feet (24.4m) $2.50 per ft

–30 & 50 Amp power service additional $15.00

–50 & 100 Amp service charged based on usage

Dock Master

Our Dock Master Denise Mulley can be found at The Freight Shed, located on the public wharf. If you do not reserve online, she or her staff will book your reservation and welcome you to our wharf.

Contact

–Telephone: 902-295-0261

–VHF: Channel 68

– Wharf address: 2 Jones Street, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

New Baddeck Community Wharf
photo courtesy of Barry & Garry Watson

Dock Services & Specs

Power & Water

30, 50 100 Amp service and water is available for overnight boats starting August 15, 2021. Free water is available for daytime boats.

Waste Disposal

Waste and recycling bins are located behind The Freight Shed building.​ Please do not use bins on the wharf.

Laundry

Available in the village of Baddeck a short walk from the wharf. Chebucto Laundromat 507 Chebucto Street.

Washrooms and Shower

The public wharf does not offer washroom or shower facilities. Public washrooms can be found at the Visitor Information Center, 454 Chebucto St., Tel: 902-295-1911, or the Baddeck Court House 497 Chebucto St. Both a 5–10 minute walk from the wharf.

Wireless Internet

Available for overnight boaters starting July 15. Please inquire at The Freight Shed for access. 

Moorings

Baddeck Marine, VHF Channel 68, Tel: 902-295-2434
 

Bras d'Or Yacht Club Tel: 902-295-2107

Fuel

Gasoline and Diesel are available at the nearby Baddeck Marine fuel dock. VHF Channel 68, Tel: 902-295-2434.

Boat Service, Repair & Haulout

Bras d'Or Boat Works Tel: 902-295-7245  www.brasdorboatworks.com

Baddeck Marine, VHF Channel 68, Tel: 902-295-2434

www.baddeckmarine.com

Wharf Water Depth, Tide & Wind 

– Front shore-side: 8 ft (2.4m)

– Middle: 21 ft (6.4m)

– End harbour-side: 26 ft (7.9m)

– Average tidal range 6 – 9 in (15cm – 23cm)

– Prevailing summer wind SW

– Sustained SE wind > 30 kt, east-side floating dock is closed

Wharf Specifications

– East-side floating dock: 240 ft x 10 ft (73m x 3m) height above     
   water 23 in, wood decking

 

– West-side floating dock: 230 ft x 8 ft (64m x 2.5m) height above   
   water 15 in, wood decking

Resource Links

The Bras d'Or Lakes

The Bras d’Or Lakes covers 450 square miles (1100 sq km) of unmatched cruising in North America. With steady wind, deep water, and an abundance of quiet anchorages you are sure to have many fine days and memorable experiences.  

The Mi'kmaq called the Bras d'Or "Pitupaq" Bi-doo-buck (long salt water). It was a major source of food for indigenous communities, with abundant populations of mussels, crabs, clams, trout, salmon, herring, cod, and mackerel.

 

The prevailing summer wind conditions are typically calm in the mornings and evenings, with southwesterly winds building to 15 – 18 knots by afternoon. As summer progresses the prevailing wind shifts to the west and even northwest bringing clear dry air. 

 

The southern entrance to the Bras d'Or is the St. Peters canal. The channel is deep and well buoyed. The lock dimensions are 300 feet (91m) by 47 feet (14m) with a depth of 16 feet (4.9m) over the sills. The direction of buoyage through the Lake is from north to south, therefore departing the Canal heading for Baddeck, leave the red buoys to port. As you enter the Lake from St. Peters you must pass below the 80 feet (24.3m) overhead high voltage cables at Beaver Narrows. 

 

The Great Bras d'Or Channel is the northern inlet to the Lake—20 nm long, minimum controlling depth of 32 feet (10m), tidal current up to 7 kts, spanned by the Seal Island Bridge with a vertical clearance of 119 feet (36m). The Bras d'Or has less salinity than the surrounding ocean, tidal range averages 6 – 9 inches (15cm – 23cm), and water temperatures can reach 65° – 70° F (18° – 21° C) during the summer months.