Details for Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club

Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 33 reviews

Address 107 Water St.
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Jason Smith



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Approach from the Atlantic is straight forward and clearly marked. Big yellow mooring buoy looks just like a fish farm buoy, don't be fooled.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: 160 feet (49m) of transient docking available in the marina. 2 fixed docks located just north of the marina are typically reserved for vessels exceeding 70 feet (21m).

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.10/ft (2016-07-31)

Other price info: $5.50 per foot per week.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $15.00 per day, $75.00 per week, $200.00 per month, or $300.00 per season.

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

Additional info: 15 amp also available.

Pricing info: $4.00 per day for 15 amp power.
$7.00 per day for 30 amp power.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - The Yacht Club has a flat screen TV with cable available for member and guest use.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - $3.00 per day.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Includes all taxes.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Includes all taxes.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out





Yes - There are very strict sorting requirements.


Yes - Male, female, and handicapped. $3 per shower unless you are renting a slip. Only available when the clubhouse is open.


Yes - 3 heads in the marina, 2 have showers. There are 2 more in the SHYC. Washrooms are only available when the clubhouse is open.


Yes - Washer and dryer. Reported to be available 24 hours.


Yes - About 4 blocks away.


Yes - 2 Hardware stores located within 1 km of the SHYC, Ace hardware can be reached by dink. There are marine supply stores in the area that keep fishing supplies for comerical vessels in stock.


Yes - On site and others nearby. An excellant one is Charlotte Lane but reservations are essential.


Yes - On site and others nearby.

Hotels or motels

Yes - There are 5 motels in the area all but one are within walking distance

Repair capabilities

Yes - There are 4 boat repair shops in the area catering to comerical fishing vessels, 3 of these yards can haul power or sail boats.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Boats can be hauled by marine railway, trailer or travel lift.

Storage facilities

Yes - There is some storage in the area, $2 per foot per month.

Fishing supplies

Yes - There are marine supply stores in the area that keep fishing supplies for comerical vessels in stock.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - One 42 foot trawler giving Harbour tours.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi and a dedicated desktop in the club house.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Bus ,rental car, and taxi.

Other services


Reviews for Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club
A Great Spot, 2016-11-06
Captain: , Portugal Cove (30)

We stayed here on our way to Newfoundland. The staff were awesome, friendly and made us feel as though we were at home.

Easy walk to shopping.

Great town but Careful on the "Town" Dock, 2016-08-28
Captain: , Annapolis MD (476)

We greatly enjoyed our two days in Shelburne. Charlotte Lane is a terrific restaurant (and very small, so make a reservation), the harborfront and walking path to the provincial park across the river are very pretty and, as always in Canada, the people are very friendly. There are, however, a few issues for folks to know about if they are put on the town dock, which is managed by SHYC. There is no power, or more accurately there are two power connections very far from the floating dock with outlets that are new to me (they look like 30A outlets with a large center pin), so even if you have the right connector it's unlikely your cord will reach. There appears to be a water connection if needed but again a long reach. Most important is that you are right in the center of town and will likely be an "attraction" in the town for better or worse. We always enjoy meeting and talking with people on the docks (we travel with dogs and have an unusual boat, so always get questions) but this afternoon a bunch of young teenagers were playing on the pier and one of them decided to untie our stern line. The young man was a bit challenged (and unfortunately being preyed upon by the other kids) but after we got things sorted out the first time and the kids thought we were below and could not hear them, one of the kids said "hey XXX, untie the boat again." Needless to say, they got a stern lecture but it was just a shame to be so exposed to what could have turned into a bad situation. We felt lucky to have returned from our long walk around the town when we did. We'll be back, and happily so, but will be wary if assigned to the town dock again.

Quiet and protected location, although pretty far from sea., 2016-08-01
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

Nice, active marina. Sail training and racing, and some charters and day trippers coming and going. Still, it's a laid-back, quiet place. There's a bar on premises and restaurant next door. Farmers market just steps away on the Saturday we were there. We didn't walk to Sobie's but it looked like it wasn't far on the map.

15, 30 and 50A connections available, in differnet locations. We tried the 15A but it looked badly corroded and kept tripping, even with nearly no load. 30 and 50A looked better.

Fuel dock was easy in and out, and price was pretty good for the area (less than Yarmouth.)

Decent showers and heads (two each.) One washer and dryer, $1.25 each, cold water wash only. Smallish capacity.

Channel in is well-marked up to the end, but can be confusing. We had fog on the way in, and after identifying and avoiding the large yellow fish farm buoys, we came upon one in the middle of the channel, with no indication as to which side to take it on. Turns out it had washed up at the marina and they were using it for a mooring buoy. Once we figured that out we were fine.

Staff was friendly and helpful. Docks were in good repair.

Nice friendly place to visit., 2016-08-01
Captain: , Milford, CT (166)

We found SHYC a great place to visit on our first stop in Nova Scotia. It is possible to clear in here, sometimes they will clear you in over the phone, but if they have officers in the area, they will come to the dock to clear you in. Staff are friendly and helpful and the people of the town are friendly as well. They could improve their electrical systems but other than that the docks seemed to be in good shape. At $1.10/ft or $5.50/ft/wk (CAN - 2016) it was a great place to stay for a while in a quiet little town.

Tranquil and Friendly, 2016-07-24
Captain: , Wickford, RI (421)

Nice wooden floating docks. 30/50 amp electric and water.
Diesel and Gasoline available but make sure to order ahead if you need large quantity as truck will have to deliver more. We requested fuel on Monday and it wasn't delivered until Wednesday afternoon.
Helpful staff, met boat to tie lines.
Bar, which members and guests frequent every afternoon.
Excellent recycling program. Waste Bags provided on check-in.
Very historic town. Several museums. Good walking.
Charlotte's Lane Café is outstanding, but make reservations ahead (902-875-3314).

Very nice and friendly marina, 2016-07-19
Captain: , ST Nazaire - France (92)

All needs in some minuts.
Very efficient and friendly engine repair at "Shelburne diesel". We had an important leakage which was repaired the same day for a very reasonable price.

Challenging to enter at night, 2015-09-11
Captain: , Deer Isle, Maine (514)

Challenging to enter Shelburne Harbour at night because of unlit buoys, aquaculture equipment and moorings. Outer floating dock somewhat exposed in strong SW winds (breakwater provided limited shelter). Club members very friendly; town quite interesting.

Shelburne Yacht Club, 2015-09-08
Captain: , Haarlem Netherlands AMEL 54 (402)

Very friendly people. Excellent internet. Sobeys on King Street maybe a one mile walk (up hill). Village kind of dead. All activity around the yacht club and nearly restaurant. Very peaceful.

Enjoyed our stay very much, 2015-08-30
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

We were placed on the face dock with good 30A power and water. All the members were friendly, as was the staff, but we didn;t interact with them much. Don't expect to get help at the slip.

The baths/showers were better and cleaner than most, but you do need to get it done while the clubhouse is open. The laundry was cheap and right there in the clubhouse- very convenient.

I can agree with a previous poster that to run all the way up the harbor for a quick overnight might not be worth it, but for our 2-day stay, it was nice.

Best place to enter Canada from US, 2015-08-06
Captain: , Columbia, Missouri (415)

Great experience after crossing Gulf of Maine from Nantucket. Was able to clear customs with a phone call. Marina is a ways in but channel is well marked and can be done in the fog and marginal conditions. Marina is small but well kept. We stayed the night on the "face" dock and fueled the next morning. Docks are floating. Showers and bath was spotless. A local took us to town for groceries no charge. Price are reasonable. Worth a stop.

Great Friendly Place to Clear and Rest, 2015-07-03
Captain: , Annapolis (100)

A great place to clear in from the US. A very easy place to get into. We came in from the ocean in total fog, near 0 visibility. The harbor entrance is easy and deep. Markigns show up well on radar. The marina is easy too... long floating docks and nice people. The town is interesting/charming. Well worth the visit. We stayed an additoinal day to race dingys with the locals on Saturday.

Not Impressed, 2014-08-22
Captain: , Beverly, MA (1242)

Arrived on at 530 PM.. The showers and laundry and bar/pub closed at 700 PM. If I wanted food I had to get it before then. No key available as "you have access to the entire facility". No one greated me at the dock. The town was pracically deserted. Most of the town is shuttered or out of business. What few historic building in the town were closed. If you are looking to make this the last stop before heading to the USA or rounding Cape Sable, and you need an early start with the 7PM closings, may not be able to do laundry or shower the night prior. Recommend using a marina or anchorage closer to the ocean and save the long run inland.

One of the Best!, 2014-08-07
Captain: , Toronto (40)

What a great Club! Very friendly and affordable. Moorings $15/night and they have finger docks as well for $1.25/foot. The Commodore makes sure he personaly meets every transient that stays! Both power and sail. Bruce is a great guy! Very knowledgeable as well. Good place to get fuel and a very reasonable price before crossing gulf of Maine to USA. Lots of American boats come in here to clear Canadian customs! Its easier then other ports!

Fantastic YC and Lovely Town, 2013-10-24
Captain: , Falmouth, England (90)

We stayed here in early October for four nights whilst waiting for weather to cross the Gulf of Maine. Commodore Bruce, his members and staff all made us feel very welcome. We paid $1.10/foot and this drops to $5.50 per week. Try the Boxing Rock beer from the club bar! SHYC has a washer ($1.25) and dryer ($1.25). There is also a local laundromat which is more expensive.

Shelburne is a lovely town with all basic amenities. It is something of a hike to the supermarket (Sobeys) but they are very good and worth the effort. In season there is a farmers market on Saturday morning which is well worth the visit. If you fancy a walk then go round to the Islands Provincial Park on the opposite side of the bay from the town.

A great place with friendly people, 2013-10-23
Captain: , Vancouver (510)

Pulled up at fuel dock and was promptly served (fuel and water). Paid for the night and was assigned a super long floating dock on the outside (this is great when you have a 50 footer with that 7 ft bowsprit sticking out ahead !). Noone was around that evening so we stayed at the fuel dock. Very calm water and a good wind shield since the marina is so far from open ocean. We walked to the grocery store that night/showered in very clean facilities/did some WiFi and mixed with the locals in the bar for a few minutes. Mooring balls available. Traditional departure point for cruising to Cape Cod directly from Canada.

Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club, 2013-09-15
Captain: , Wrightsville beach nc (220)

Came right into the docks in fog. Easy access in fog. Beautiful place when the fog lifted. Has diesel and gas. Restaurant and bar right next door.

Excellent facility, 2013-07-30
Captain: , Toronto, ON (1763)

Well managed, friendly folks, great little town.
Only thing is the fact that the clubhouse is locked up tight from 8pm to 8am, no washrooms, showers.....

Simply the best, 2013-06-22
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (3132)

Relaxed, professional, reasonable, and SO welcoming. Simply wonderful!

Very friendly little town, 2013-03-02
Captain: , Boca Raton (40)

Lots of nice shops and places to check out in the town.Nice place - very inviting folks. Their moorings have the capacity for a 45' boat. Would recommend to anyone

Great Yacht Club, great town, 2013-02-03
Captain: , Gloucester, MA (807)

We loved Shelburne. It's a charming town with wonderful people and rich history. We happened to be here for the schooner festival which was great fun and includes dress-like-a-pirate weekend. I think everyone in town has a pirate outfit in their closet. We saw whole families.

2012 Visit, 2012-09-18
Captain: , Stuart Fl (300)

We were in Shelburne for five days due to weather delays. The people are extemely friendly and helpful. The dockstaff gave us a ride to the grocery store andcame back to get us.The docks are good. Fuel was $1.40/liter - more expensive than in the US. Thursday night was race night with a barbecue of hamburgers and sausage for $3/each. There are several good restaurants in town all within walking distance. The museums are interesting.

like nothing else, 2012-07-28
Captain: , Hampton, VA (2573)

Felt like I went to a family reunion. Everyone extremely friendly. Town is surprizingly endowed with very good restaurants. Grocery store is good and convenient. Great vistors center. Good access to supplies and boat related parts and mechanics.

Yacht Club is exceptionally suited to handle transients. Cleared customs. Customs people were also very polite.

Anchoring out is easy.. Use of the face dock very easy with knowledgable staff to take lines. Stay off face dock and fuel dock if there is a SW breeze of any strength

Our Favorite Yacht Club, 2012-07-09
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (578)

We've passed through Shelburne four times and are always amazed at how friendly and welcoming the members of the YC are. No matter what social event is going on, they'll invite you to join in. We've always had wonderful times there and look forward to visiting again.

Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club, 2011-06-02
Captain: , Port Colborne, ON (101)

Excellent club facility and atmosphere. Good WiFi signal, onshore amenities; restaurants, shopping, repair shops etc but the staff and members are the most accomodating you'll find.

Favourite Stop, 2011-03-17
Captain: , Halifax, Nova Scotia (253)

This is a great little yacht club. We spent several days there and had a ball. Super friendly people at the club and in town. Lots of facilities for whatever you need. Well built marina. You meet lots of interesting sailors from all over while on the dock. Well known destination for cruisers arriving from the USA. Be sure to eat at Charlotte Lane's, check out the barrel factory and look up Forbes Christie in town in you are in to world class flutes. There's a few photos of the town on my website: Click on "image Collections" and then "On The Way to Shelburne". We'll be back!

Top Notch, 2011-02-28
Captain: , Shelburne, NS (10)

Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club is well known as being the friendliest in Nova Scotia!

Nice Facility, 2010-10-16
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

This is a great town to stay in and the marina is very good with good prices.

Caution on Float, 2010-07-29
Captain: , Barnegat NJ USA (689)

This is a fine facility as others have noted. Both the members and the facility make visiting Shelburne a definite "must" and a real pleasure. However these days thanks to stricter clearance procedures in Nova Scotia (and Canada in general), caution should be used when tying on the club face dock for Customs clearance.

Typically immediately upon entry you call customs on a cell phone and give preliminary information. Usually they will request that you tie into the SHYC to permit Iimmigration and Customs to physically inspect the vessel, and this seems to apply regardelss of how many times you have fisited the province. The problem arises when the wind, usually out of the SW, pipes up while you are on the float. With the wind anywhere near 25 knots, the face dock looks into quite a fetch and the short and steep seas can put one's vessel in jeapordy, especially with smaller yachts.

Recently while I was lying alongside waiting for Customs, the SW built to over 30 knots. When customs finally arrived they could barely get on board due to the motion. After they left about 10 or so club members jumped in to help get the boat off the dock and secure on a heavy club mooring. Trouble was averted thanks to the members' help, but of course it should have been avoided in the first place.

Very friendly people, nice facility, 2010-03-03
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Arrived on a Friday and had a drink at the club bar - we almost never got out of the place because everybody stopped to meet us. They invited us to their "corn boil" the next day - yet another party. Very nice facility, floating docks. Very close to everything. Near the area where Scarlet Letter (Demi Moore version) was filmed. In addition to the previously mentioned restaurants (excellent), the Chinese place in town is quite good.

Shelburne Hospitality, 2008-11-09
Captain: , Belfast,Maine (1)

the Shelburne Harbor Yacht Club has proven to be a great stop on trips from Maine to the North. Good faclities,friendly staff and nice protection from the weather.

Friendly place, 2008-08-27
Captain: , Cruising (3535)

Nice club - very wam and welcoming. Moorings are big enough for a 50' boat, but if it's very windy they don't want very large or heavy boats on their transient face dock.
Fun little town - check out the dory museum, and the restaurants Charlotte Lane and Lothar's are EXCELLENT. You need to call for Charlotte Lane for a reservation several days in advance or you will not get in. Well worth it!

Great Place to Stay, 2007-09-10
Captain: , Groton, CT (3)

Super-friendly; good food and drink. Reasonable rates even if you anchor out. Many visiting yachts to chat with. Good restaurants nearby. Grocery about 1 mi.

Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club, 2007-02-01
Captain: , Clearwater (617)

A very friendly and well maintained facility. Near shopping and restuarants. New floating docks and convenient fuel dock.

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