Details for Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Marina

Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Marina

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Average rating 4.9 stars from 9 reviews

Address 376 Purcell's Cove Road
Halifax, NS B3P 1C7

Phonedock office: 902-477-2595; Admin. office: 902-477-5653

After hours contact


Facility type

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


Wayne is the go to guy. If you need something, service, goods, whatever, Wayne can put you on to the right people and places.

VHF channel

68. Halifax Traffic VHF 12, 14.


Email contact;

Owner, manager

Marine Services Manager, Wayne Blundell


Wayne Blundell


Wayne Blundell

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Straightforward approach up northwest arm. The Squadron is located just beyond the rock breakwater on the south shore.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 16
Transient dockage: 16
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info: Fuel dock depth is about 10 feet at low tide at the northern tip of the fixed wharf. Make arrangements for fueling vessels over 9 feet draft. Outer transient docks have depths of over 20 feet. Inner transient docks have depths as low as 5 feet.

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

Additional info: Wood floating docks are the norm for vessels under 75 feet. Vessels over 75 feet can make arrangemnt to dock on the fixed or high wharf.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Some slips and some side-ties are available.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2017-05-15)

Other price info: Price does not include HST (tax). Weekly rates are available.


Transient: 10
Total: 70
Transient price: $50.00 (2015-01-01)

Other price info: Price does not include HST (tax). Mooring is $50.00 up to a maximum tonnage permissable. $35 for members.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: Can supply 200 amp upon request.

Pricing info: 30 amp is $5.00 per day.
50 amp is $10.00 per day.
100 amp is $20.00 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - Short tern liveaboard only. Not on a full time base.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - Much improved access (extended ramps) on the southernmost docks, Phase 1 and 4 slips as a result of hosting the 2014 IFDS Worlds.

Launch service

Yes - VHF 68.

Pump out

Yes - On the fuel dock.










Yes - In dockmaster's building near the railway.


Yes - Sobee's is a major grocery and liquor store about 5 miles up the road - easy to get to by the excellent Halifax city bus service. There is a bus stop right outside the RNSYS gate for the #15 bus that will take you to the big Mumford Road bus depot next to the Halifax Shopping Centre with Sears and Wal-Mart as well as Sobey's.


Yes - Well stocked marine store nearby.
The Binnacle is the closest full-featured marine supply store. Long walk but there's the bus,
No supplies at the Squadron itself.


Yes - Onsite Wardroom is casual with outdoor dining available in season. Main dining room is more formal. Food is excellent and pretty reasonably priced in the Wardroom.


Yes - In the club house.

Hotels or motels

No - Not at the squadron itself. Chocolate Lake Best Western is probably the closest hotel. Five minutes by car.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Comprehensive repair facilities and services onsite.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Railway. There is no travel lift so a large boat, over 45 feet can be brought out of the water, but not off the railway. They move boats around with a skid system.

Storage facilities

Yes - There's a yard if your boat isn't too large. And there's in-water winter storage.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. The strength is fair. It was reported that boaters were able to use Skype but with some disruptions.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Halifax has excellent city bus service. There is a bus stop right outside the RNSYS gate for the #15 bus that will take you to the big Mumford Road bus depot next to the Halifax Shopping Centre. Get a free bus transfer when you board and switch to the #1 bus that runs through downtown Halifax and even into Dartmouth. $2.25 CDN bus fare each way, 2011.

Other services

Car rental - talk to Wayne. He works with Budget and they will deliver a car to RNSYS or pick a return up there.


Minutes from downtown Halifax by car.

Reviews for Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Marina
First Rate Facility, 2015-09-11
Captain: , Deer Isle, Maine (514)

Very friendly and welcoming place. Beautiful facility. Lots of room for visitors while we were here. Members offered us rides to and from grocery store. Food at clubhouse was very good and service excellent. A couple of ex-commodores invited us to join them at their table and were very interested in our plans to sail to Newfoundland and eager to offer any help we might need. Halifax itself was very interesting, with museums and numerous restaurants.

Excellent management - excellent facility, 2014-08-20
Captain: , New Orleans (651)

Wayne Blundell sets the bar for marina managers. We stayed 6/20/2014 for 7 nights - our first stop on our first visit to Canada. We enjoyed the club restaurant and experienced the sincere hospitality of the members. The bus service is excelent and leaves from the marina. We made several trips to the mall, optical store, grocery and the Halifax waterfront complex restaurants and farmer's market. Met many sailors and cruisers while here for that week and received good suggestions for places to visit on our summer cruise of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Nice people, and free daytime tie up, 2013-07-03
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (3022)

I don't know if it is the norm, but we met Wayne (dockmaster) the night before when we were anchored in the Dartmouth area waiting for Canada day fireworks, and he told us that it is free to tie up (and use showers, laundry, etc ) during the day, so we did. Nice place, very scenic, very active kids sailing program. He told us that they only charge if you spend the night.

One of the three most caring Marinas on the East Coast !, 2013-06-28
Captain: , PooleUK (933)

Wayne has made the time here very comfortable, he genuinley cares for his customers and goes out of his way to make life here as plesant as possible. My greatest fear is that the floating slip we are now alongside will not be available to visiting vessels for much longer as this is largely a members club facility. The Shorepower has been rock solid, the WIFI is now consistent, the fresh water is a little discoloured, but the facility makes up for this in abundance.
Thank you Wayne for your huge efforts.

Great place - our favorite in Halifax, 2013-02-03
Captain: , Gloucester, MA (807)

This is a great place with excellent service.

Captain: , Oriental, NC (1148)

This marina deserves a top rating because it has everything a cruiser needs: moorings, berths, showers, laundry, restaurant/bar, bus service into town. Additionally, the Binnacle is a very well stocked marine store with charts and supplies. The showers and heads are clean, the docks well maintained and the surroundings pleasant. The restaurant doesn't have great food but it's more than adequate and right there. This is a private membership facility that allows transients. The marina has good weather protection for anything short of a hurracane. Right now, as I write this review, we are under the influence of TS "Irene". So far we are doing just fine. All in all, you won't do better than the hospitallity at RNSY.

The best facility in Nova Scotia, 2011-01-08
Captain: , Halifax, NS (72)

We've been cruising NS for the last three summers. We're based out of the RNYS. We've ridden out the remains of three hurricanes there and countless winter noreasters.

The only thing not excellent is the average food and the slow service at the restaurant. Absolutely everything else is top notch.

Lovely facilities, excellent restaurant, very welcoming, 2010-03-03
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Very protected, well maintained. We had a great time there. While there is a bus, we rented a car (easy to do in Halifax). Near the marina is a large and very well stocked marine supply store. Halifax is a wonderful city to visit.

Friendly and helpful, 2008-07-10
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

This is a private club that is welcoming to visiting boats, whether members of another yacht club or not. Their facilities are beautiful. The Squadron is a little far from downtown, but there is a bus that runs into the main part of town that stops right in front of the clubhouse, and offers late hours even on a Sunday. Beautiful setting, lots of sailboat racing, very warm and friendly.

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