Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 20, 2007 07:00 ET

Media Advisory: New Sailing Directions for the St. Lawrence River

MONT JOLI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2007) - The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has just released a new edition of the Sailing Directions, ATL 111 - St. Lawrence River, Ile Verte to Quebec and Fjord du Saguenay.

The third edition of the Sailing Directions, ATL 111 - St. Lawrence River replaces the 1999 edition, which is no longer valid, and includes all Notices to Mariners issued since 1999. It also contains information that is useful for planning trips and ensuring the safety of mariners and boaters, such as the natural features, geography and harbour facilities of each region. Photographs complement the information, giving mariners with less local knowledge in a given sector a better idea of what to expect. Diagrams describing certain facilities, such as marinas, are also included. The Sailing Directions are published as booklets, with each volume covering a specific sector. They are essential companions to nautical charts.

Mariners can obtain a copy of the latest edition of the Sailing Directions from authorized dealers. The Sailing Directions are updated through Notices to Mariners available on the Internet at

The Canadian Hydrographic Service is responsible for surveying and charting Canada's waterways. It publishes official nautical charts in paper and digital formats, Sailing Directions, Canadian Tide and Current Tables and tidal current atlases, and maintains a Web site providing information on tides and water levels. The Quebec Region office of the Canadian Hydrographic Service is located at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute (MLI), a marine science research centre that is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2007. Over the past 20 years, which have been marked by many achievements benefiting communities, the MLI has helped to ensure safe and accessible waterways, healthy and productive ecosystems and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region
    Karina Laberge
    Communications Advisor