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Old 28-06-2017, 19:26   #1
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Free Chart for Canada Open CPN

Good day all,
Finally been able to get a few charts running on Open CPN.... US charts..
Would anyone know where I can find free charts for Canadian waters, more specifically looking for the West Coast north and south of Vancouver..
Everything I find points to paying charts, and they look quite expensive...
Especially that it is for back up... So even if they are not so recent, no problem.
Many thx !!
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Old 28-06-2017, 19:34   #2
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Re: Free Chart for Canada Open CPN

Unfortunately Canada copyrights their charts and doesn't make them available for free. You can read their stance on it here: CHS - Frequently Asked Questions

"In Canada, by contrast, there is no barrier to the government exercising its copyright, or from earning revenues from such copyright. "

It's pretty strange, but that's the way they are.

Living in Seattle I travel Canadian waters quite often. We print charts at the Captain's Nautical (legally required for boats in Canadian waters to have paper charts). I buy a chart pack for western vancouver island which is pretty reasonable and works with WINDOWS versions of OpenCPN (requires a special plugin for the encryption).

It's confusing to me that a country with so many thousands of miles of water chooses to monetize critical navigational information.
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Re: Free Chart for Canada Open CPN

Can you tell me where I can find the reasonably priced paper and digital charts for waters between the mainland and Vancouver Island? Thanks.

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https://www.fugawi.com/store/categor...l_id=14&page=2 $114 ... which I guess may be reasonable considering the alternative.

I bought this for iPad and then followed their instructions to get a set for opencpn which is a bit convuluted but it worked. You have to register an account with the Canadian government then send them your Web ID and your receipt and they make the chart available.
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