Details for Baddeck Government Wharf

Baddeck Government Wharf

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Average rating 3.2 stars from 5 reviews

Address Jones Street
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


This wharf hosts some tourist and fishing boats, but has space on a first-come first-served basis for transient dockage.

VHF channel

Call 902-295-2785.


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Easy approach from the deep Baddeck channel.





Tide & current additional info

Tide and current are not a big factor on the Lakes.


Approach: 18
Transient dockage: 14
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Minimum of 14 feet alongside.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: This wharf is rough around the edges and has low pilings and limited cleats and bull rails, so come in well fendered and with long docklines.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2015-08-18)

Other price info: Price does not include HST (tax) but does include 30 amp electric. Voltage is often as low as 100 volts.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Nearby Bras d'Or Yacht (BYC) has rental moorings adjacent to the wharf.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 15 amp available also.

As of August 2015, the power is NOT adequate to maintain voltage. Check it before you use it.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Excellent chlorinated water included in price.

Dinghy access

Yes - Best dinghy dock is the one at the adjacent Bras d'Or Yacht Club (BYC), which welcomes transients dinghies and crewmembers.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

No - Go to Baddeck Marine.








Yes - Coop about 5 blocks to the left, just off the main street in town.


Yes - In town just a few blocks to the left on the main street.


Yes - Several in town.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

No - Contact Cape Breton Boatyard or Baddeck Marine.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Not provided by the gov't wharf but the marina with the ship's store close by. It was reported August 2011 that if you ask in the store they will provide the password.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Baddeck doesn't have a rental car agent in town any longer. The nearest is Avis in N. Sydney, but they will bring a car down to Baddeck for you in the evening if you're renting it for a few days. Call Avis at 902-794-3798 - they are very friendly and helpful, and you can leave the car in Baddeck to return it.

Other services


Alexander Graham Bell national historic site, Cabot Trail, and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Don't miss Fortress Louisbourg. Catch a ceilidh at the local parish hall up the street across from the visitors center, small fee.

Reviews for Baddeck Government Wharf
The Smiling Cod, 2016-10-18
Captain: , Fowey (123)

It's worth coming to Baddeck just to enjoy the great fresh fish from The Smiling Cod shop on the Government Pier. Tom and Kate are super nice and helpful. We kept coming back for delicious lobster and crab rolls, steamed mussels, hot smoked salmon, smoked mackerel and lots of fresh fish.

It is a real gem don't miss it!

Electric voltage is WAY TOO LOW, 2015-08-17
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2486)

We came here when the marina was full wanting power to run the A/C in the sudden high temps and were distressed to find that the voltage was close to 90 when we turned anything on. That low voltage can destroy your appliances. The dockmaster is a nice guy but basically said nothing is going to be done about it.

Tie up options, 2014-06-27
Captain: , Beverly, MA (1130)

Tie up to the pier. Be prepared to climb. May need fender boards.

A great government wharf for transient yachts, 2012-08-09
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1288)

Baddeck Community Wharf was our home for several days during a cruise on the Bras d'Or Lakes and we enjoyed being on the wharf very much. To be sure, it's more workboat like than yachty and you need plenty of fenders to avoid damage from the rough-hewn wood pilings (some of which are quite low!), but being on the wharf places you right at the center of the action in Baddeck--an easy walk to the co-op for groceries, to the Alexander Graham Bel;l Museum (well worth your time!), and local restaurants. The wharf manager is capable and friendly, always has a ready smile, and has answers to all your questions. We loved the new fish market on the wharf this year--great fresh seafood including Prince Edward Island mussels. And we were able to get Internet both through Bell Canada and using a local wifi signal. In short, we give this wharf and the village of Baddeck high marks and hope to return next summer.

Great location for sightseeing in the Cape Breton Highlands, 2011-10-21
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

We (44' Defever) stayed several days here and rented a car from Avis to check out the local sights. The Bras d'Or Lake area is just beautiful.

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