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Nautical Charts

Federal Publications is one of the largest dealers of Canadian Hydrographic Service nautical charts, sometimes referred to as marine charts, hydrographic charts, boating maps and depth maps. Below is an index of nautical charts on paper, or complete a request if you would like us to send you a paper index.

Alternately, Charts on CD-ROM are fast becoming a popular choice for techno-savy boaters.
And don't forget to pick up a copy of Chart No. 1, the book which explains the symbols used to describe features on Canadian charts.

Canadian Hydrographic Service produces Canadian government charts for "federally regulated waterways". Areas include the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Ocean coasts. In central Canada, charts are produced for the Great Lakes and navigable waterways such as Muskoka/Joe/Rosseau, Lake Nipissing, the Trent-Severn system, the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal.

Also available: Depth maps and charts (published by commercial publishers) represent the physical terrain of the lake floor through depth contours and colour shading. These charts indicate hidden islands, drop-offs and shoals, as well as water depths.

Federal Publications also carries a wide range of other publications to suit your interests, including cruising guides, Ports and Richardsons books which are listed in our Boating section.

Index of Charts for Canadian Waters

Please click on the index map to show more detail for the region you are interested in:

Index to Nautical Charts of Canada Nautical Charts for Arctic Canada Nautical Charts for Pacific Canada Nautical Charts for the Great Lakes area Nautical Charts for Atlantic Canada
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What are Nautical Charts?

Charts are necessary for providing detail of the water for owners of any type of boat. Nautical charts include information about the depth of water, obstructions and other dangers to navigation, and the location and type of aids to navigation. Please feel free to contact us with the name of the lake you're looking for. We regret that few lakes in Canada have hydrographic charts, but we'll be pleased to check for you.
Prices for nautical charts vary and are indicated on the regional lists of charts.

Price and availability subject to change. Shipping and applicable taxes extra.
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This page last modified: August 16, 2012

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