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Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

Hi, I'm new to sailing...

Quick question, does it cost anything to leave your sailboat at a port for a night or two in Nova Scotia (ex. Halifax, Yarmouth) or Newfoundland? (ex. St. John's, St. Pierre)

If it does cost anything how much a night does it cost to leave your boat anchored at a port per night?
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Re: Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

Yes if you go to a dock, mooring ball, or marina. No if you anchor. Price varies by place
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Re: Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

Could you give me an example of a price in St. John's, NL, Halifax, NS or Yarmouth, NS?
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Re: Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

Again, it depends on the particular circumstance. In some places you can anchor so it is free in others you can't anchor so you have to use a marina (dock or moorings). Can't say specifically for the places you mention, but docking is usually based on boat length. In cheaper places it may be $1/ft ($30 for a 30 footer). At the marina where I lived in NYC it was $4.25/foot, so $127 for a 30 footer and remember this is per night. Moorings are generally flat rate and often would be $10 to $20 a night, although in high demand/low supply areas like Nantucket can be $45 or $50. In general, and there are exceptions, prices are higher in big cities and crowded cruising destinations. In Rural Newfoundland you basically never paid and could either tie up at the town dock or anchor. Most cruisers try to anchor whenever possible to save money.

There are cruising guides to tell you what is where and often how much things cost. You should also check a website called Active Captain. It is a sort of Wiki-like collection that describes anchorages and marinas. You can research a lot of useful stuff on the internet.
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Re: Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

Your request for a specific price is tough. Halifax Harbor is huge. Then there is the NW spur. You might pay $3 per foot Canadian at a high end marina, $1 per foot at a low end marina, find a free day dock and anchor overnight for free. I remember St. Johns being more expensive than I expected given the total lack of services at the dock - I think maybe $1.00 per foot per night. As pointed out there are lots of places where you can hang for free.
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Re: Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

Ok so could you give me an example of a place in Newfoundland I could port for free?

I appreciate the answers too guys. Thank you
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Re: Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

Cannot find any specific info on moorage rates in NS or NFLD.. generally in Canada anchoring is free, unless it's not permitted (in aircraft and commercial traffic lanes.)

While I expect rates would be less than Vancouver's typical $1.00 to $1.75/ft/day for transients (less for long term/monthly/annual) you might end up paying $.25 to $.50/ft/day for a modest vessel at a 'Government dock' and more at a commercial marina. But that's just a guess, those economies are not strong and rates could be quite low.
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Re: Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

I cannot quote direct experience... Funny how few Maritimers and Newfies must be on this site... I did listen to a presentation of a couple traveling down the St. Lawrence as far as northern New Brunswick. Once outside the large centres (Halifax, for example) you will find that the (many) small ports are working fishing ports and you may well be one of only a few "pleasure" boats, perhaps the only one. They found that, the more "working" and/or "remote" their port of call, the lower the fees and the more helpful the harbour manager seemed to become (novelty factor?). I believe they had a CS 30 and paid as little as $10.00 a night. I did google a marina at Mahone Bay (probably the most popular area for local seasonal sailors in Nova Scotia) which shows a day rate of $2.00 per foot (Gold River Marina).

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Re: Does it cost anything to port in Nova Scotia or Newfoundland?

There are a few pleasure boats in some of the working ports, at least in NS. This club will accomodate transients but I don't think the site shows that: Isle Madame Boat Club Here are a few more in the east end of NS & PEI: Cape Breton Marinas

There are a ton of nice free anchorages within the Bras D'Or Lakes. If you're looking to be near a bigger town (Halifax, St John's), it'll be harder to find something close enough to enjoy the town without paying for it.
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