Nautical Charts and Publications

Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS)'s exceptional nautical charts and publications help ensure the safe navigation of Canada's waterways.

All vessels in Canadian waters must carry and use nautical charts and related publications pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, that are issued by, or on the authority of, the Canadian Hydrographic Service.

Services and information

Nautical Publications

Companion products for nautical charts that are critical to safety at sea.

Paper Charts

Choose from over 940 charts covering all three of Canada’s coastlines plus major lakes and inland waterways.

Digital Charts

Providing more information than paper charts, digital charts are available to licence and come with regular access to updates. Technical support is available as needed.

Locate a Dealer

Our charts and publications are carried by over 700 dealers across Canada and around the world. Search our database to find the dealer nearest you.

Replaced and Withdrawn Charts

Check the list of all cancelled CHS charts and their replacements to ensure you have the latest.

Eliminating Canada - U.S. ENC Overlaps

To comply with internationally agreed practices, Canada and the United States have agreed to eliminate overlapping coverage of Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs).

Arctic Voyage Planning Guide

A compilation of data and services relevant to mariners travelling in the Arctic region of Canada.

Commemorative Charts

The Canadian Hydrographic Service produced commemorative charts to pay tribute to important events that occurred in Canadian history.

Instructional Charts

The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) offers two charts available for instructional purposes.

What we are doing

Date modified: