Details for Ballantyne's Cove Harbour Authority

Ballantyne's Cove Harbour Authority

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 10 reviews

Address RR #4 Antigonish
Ballantyne's Cove, NS B2G 2L2

Phone902-863-8162 Fax- 902-867-1082

After hours contact

Kim Novak, 902-867-1846

Facility type

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


Area fishermen are very friendly and their advice on whether or not to venture out of port that day is well-heeded.

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

Kim Novak





Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Visa and MasterCard accepted. $1.50 service charge for credit cards.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: May to October


No hazards exist on approach. Round the end of the breakwater and tie up to one of the finger piers. You may wish to come inside the first set of piers as wave action from the south can be a bit boisterous at times!





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 25
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info: Care must be taken if going to the fuel dock during LWS tides as deep-draft vessels may get stuck in mud until tide returns.

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

Additional info: All floating docks and finger piers.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Large vessels (60'+) may wish to tie alongside the main wharf if not occupied by fishing vessels.


Transient: 10
Total: 35
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: All prices $CDN, tax included.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 15A. Pigtail adapter and up to 150' of extension is required as AC is not dockside.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - Pay phone outside office.

Water (and pricing)

No - No dockside water.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Gas is $1.32 if paying by cash.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Pump out inoperative July 2013.




Yes - There is a bin for recyclables to benefit the local volunteer Fire Department in the SW corner of the boatyard.


Yes - $2 CAN gets you 5 minutes, August 2012.










Yes - Fish and chip shack on-site (Very good!)



Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Unsecured WiFi available most of the time from the cockpit. Down below, not so much. Good cellular phone service.

Boat ramp availability




Other services


Ballantyne's Cove Tuna Interpretive Centre on-site.

Reviews for Ballantyne's Cove Harbour Authority
Ballantyne's Cove Harbour Authority, 2017-08-21
Captain: , Barrachois Harbour NS, Canada (2558)

Excellent location, floating docks and finger piers. No supplies available on-site. Fish and chip stand ("Fish 'n' Ships", is quite good.) Gasoline and diesel available. No dockside water, 15A electricity. Showers ($2) and laundry facilities. Interesting tuna interpretive centre on-site. If your heart and lungs are up to it, a hike up to Cape George Lighthouse commands a breathtaking view of St. George's Bay!

First time here in five years.

Not exactly sure how to follow the Truax review except to say it is incorrect. Gas was $1.03/litre Monday July 10/17.. Showers are two bucks for five minutes as they have been for years. No "families" could be seen on video in the hallways waiting for showers.

Phone and VHF were answered promptly as usual.

Misconceptions and misinformation, 2017-07-21
Captain: , Ballantynes Cove, NS (14)

I wonder if Mr. Truax was in Ballantyne's Cove. Gas and diesel are available at the pumps on the wharf. The floating docks have shore power, although it's a bit far away from some berths. I've never seen a lineup in the hall for showers. It's true that Antigonish is 35km away though.

Friendly people lots of local knowledge, 2017-06-24
Captain: , Toronto (72)

No diesel. No gas. No shore power. No water. No pump out. They charge $1.00 per foot just to cleat to a dock. Showers are available at $1.25 for 5 minutes therefore many famalies were showering together so you had men in the ladies and ladies in the mens. The harbour master was very hard to find. They do not answer the phone or VHF. Town is 35km away so it is a long walk for groceries. However it is good shelter in a storm.

Good location and protection, 2016-07-22
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

My reviews along this coast have been somewhat elevated; I'm comparing to other options in the area, and there's not much choice. This is a good example of a place that's certainly a good option if you need to stop, but it's not a destination in its own right.

There was no room at the floating docks in mid July. Most seemed to be taken by seasonal renters and the one or two spots on the face docks were spoken for. We were directed first to a wall barely longer than our boat, then to the far end of the inner wall.

The young staff didn't seem to understand that when tying to a wall in a tidal area, you need LONG bow and stern lines. Tying to a cleat (or in this case, a ring) next to the boat just doesn't work. Putting a boat on the end of a pier, or on a pier no longer than the boat, likewise.

The inner wall is rented to the local mackrel buyer. The boats leave very early, and return late to unload the catch. Our presence was tolerated, but it didn't make for good sleeping.

Power was a few 15A outlets, and two odd-ball 30A or 50A that none of our adapters fit. There was no potable water.

Good stop to or from Bras DOr Lakes, 2015-08-12
Captain: , Moncton (228)

Was one of our favorite stopping places in the Northumberland Strait on the way to or back from Bras DOr Lakes in the past. Last time here we were told by dockmaster that sailboats are no longer permitted to fuel - jerry cans only? They said it is now too shallow even for our 4'8" draft. They had fishing vessels all tied up in front of fuel station. They said no pumpout available either even though we saw the pumpout unit (looked to be in great condition) on the wharf. Wifi has just been set up this year and were able to get weak signal from dock. Good beach for swimming, clean showers and ice cream at snack bar on wharf.

Aug 2015 - pumpout still listed as service but has been unoperational for years. Friendly staff. Docks are starting to show age but looks like there were supplies around to start repairs.

Juillet 2015, 2015-07-20
Captain: , Havre Aubert (10)

Quais désuets, manque de taquets pour les gardes montantes et descendantes. Peignes très courts (env. 25 pieds). Ne faites pas confiance au personnel sur place pour vous aider à amarrer. Prix : 1$/pied, 2$ pour la douche. Possibilité d'avoir l'électricité avec un très long fil et une prise de 30 ampères. Pas d'eau sur les quais.

ballantynes marina, 2012-08-12
Captain: , toronto (499)

a great place to stop and rest and wait for favorable winds. Protection from weather first rate. And first rate should be applied to the chesseburger at the cantene, fantastic, but if you are hungry order two. Long extension cords, we ran about 150 worth and used
130 of it. You will need to time tides for fuel.

Calm, quiet with food, 2012-07-28
Captain: , Bayfield, WI and the ICW (1400)

This is a place that has great protection and docks, but no water or power unless you have LOOONG cords. Cheap diesel at $1.27/liter, plenty of depth and great hiking trails. The Tuna Interpretive Center isn't worth coming here for, though.

Interesting stop, 2011-10-21
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

You'd never know it unless you are there in bluefin tuna season but this is a hot spot for Japanese merchants buying high quality tuna. The Interpretive Center gives you the low down. Otherwise it is a quiet, well protected spot to stop over night.

Nice marina, good fish & chips, 2008-08-23
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

I reserve 5-stars for outstanding marinas and this doesn't measure up to that. It's nice and the scenery is good. The interperative center provides a nice overview of the area and tuna fishing. The Fish & Chips restaraus is quite good. Not much else around here.

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