This info may be dated and I am providing it from dated brain cells.
*** Our research
in 2013 indicated full size charts were required aboard foreign flagged vessels transiting Canadian waters. Chartbooks do not comply with this requirement.
*** Unlike NOAA, Canadian Ministries charge for charts. For the complete set of BC charts and the equivalent of our Chart One, totaled $600.
*** There is some accommodation for electronic vector charts. Compliant charts are provided to Canadian citizens at reduced rates, which is how we obtained ours.
*** Even after obtaining these vector charts and cross referencing the douglas' guidebooks
which contain GPS
lat/lons. We were surprised to find significant areas of north coast that were based upon marine
surveys as old as 1867. Needless to say this discovery was made on a dark and stormy night attempting anchorage in a tight rock strewn cove. And yes, we had previously switched datum. Radar
and forward looking Depthsounders saved the evening. Anywhere near BC Ferry
routes, the marine surveys were much more modern and corroborated with radar
*** Once crossing back into SE Alaska, the USGS/NOAA cartography was on par with lower 48 in terms is cost and accuracy as far north as Lat 59N.
*** As far as the Canadian requirements, there seemed to be no enforcement attempts or procedures to enforce. As for the dated survey
data, does not Canada
have more coastline than Russia
and 10% the population. Just manning a superbly capable Coast Guard is enough IMHO.
*** And after your eyes have had enough transitioning to the Canadian buoy system, you have gone back and forth from the charts to Waggoners to the Explorer series and to the vernacular used by Environment Canada
in the VHF weather
forecasts, pick up Reanne Hemmingway Douglas book, Cape Horn, and read how cruising was in the good old days. Gives perspective to their Explorer Series and a great read.
Things change so fast, hope most of this is still accurate. We are headed south, so haven't attempted to verify current
status. It was a fabulous 5000 mm shakedown cruise
over two years. Know that anyone who heads north from Port McNeil will have the adventure of a lifetime.
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