Reply To: Nautical charts or map preferences

Nick Heath

AFAIK the printed CHS Tides and Currents is no longer available and the official *free) copy is on the web. See:

“All of the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s nautical publications are now available as free digital downloads. Providing free digital nautical publications means easier access to up-to-date information for safer navigation. The Canadian Hydrographic Service will permanently discontinue the printing of all volumes listed below effective March 1st, 2022. To learn more about the changes, see the Notices to Mariners referenced below:

Atlas of Tidal Currents: Notice to Mariners – Edition 12-21 *1206/21
Canadian Tide and Current Tables: Notice to Mariners – Edition 09-20 *904
Chart 1: Notice to Mariners – Edition 09-20 *905
Chart Catalogues: Notice to Mariners – Edition 12-21 *1205/21
Sailing Directions: Notice to Mariners – Edition 12-21 *1207/21
We are proud to transform the way that we deliver quality data and services to our clients.”
CHS charts are generally superior for any marine navigation. whether in a large ship or on a paddleboard, because maps for landlubbers provide neither water depth nor current direction information, not to mention specifics about each aid to navigation, traffic lanes etc.

It can be helpful to have both topo maps and marine charts – complementary information is often useful because marine charts lack land details that are relevant to paddlers.