I’d recommend Cheryl Barr’s “Complete Cruising Guide to the Down East Circle” as a start. Lots of good info there.
There are many good anchorages
along the Eastern Shore of NS. Fog
can be an issue in June. If you can find a copy of Mike Cox’s “Cruising the Eastern Shore” you should give it a read as well. If the wind
is good, many folks make it a straight overnight run from Halifax to Canso so how many stops you make will depend on your situation and preferences.
The tides aren’t particularly big in the Northumberland Strait but it is shallow so there are not as many anchorages
available as it seems. I draw 5’4” and watch carefully in a lot of anchorages. While the tides aren’t big, the current
is strong and must be considered when travelling on the Strait. With the shallow water
, strong winds against current
can make things very unpleasant. Charlottetown is a great stopover on the island.
Shediac in New Brunswick has a couple marinas
and limited anchorages depending on draft
. It is a summer tourist hotspot with great beaches. There are some marine
services available as well. I keep my boat
in Bouctouche which is a few hours further north and a lovely place to stop. It is a bit of a run in the channel but very protected, clean, friendly and a quaint town.
Congratulations on your new boat
. I think the Hugh’s 38 is a nice looking boat
with those S&S lines.
Let me know if you have more questions.