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The Isle Madame Boat Club

IMBC is a non profit boat club and marina owned and operated by its members. Guest berths are available for boats less than 45 feet in length with a draft of less than 7 feet and less than 12 tones displacement. The marina is a safe space tucked into the south side of Arichat Harbour on historic Isle Madame offering power, water and club house facilities. The safe harbour, Arichat is one of the oldest communities in Nova Scotia and a port of call whose appeal dates back to the early 1700s.

The area served as an ancient summer encampment for the Mikmaq, a summer fishing location for the Basques dating back to the 16th century and later a settlement for Acadians, Huguenots and Irish, the area remains populated with many different ethnic groups. Arichat Harbour achieved international stature in the early 1800s as one of the largest ports of registry primarily due to it being one of the three deepest natural harbours on the eastern seaboard of the North America.

Located some 10 nautical miles from the port of Canso, 20 nautical miles from the Canso Causeway and some 20 nautical miles from the Saint Peters Canal, it is a logical stop-over point for sailors and boaters traversing Chedabucto Bay or on their way to Halifax, or the Bras Dor Lakes.


IMBC is a member of  Nova Scotia Yachting Association (NSYA)


The villages of Arichat and Petit de Grat offer many amenities to visiting boaters including:

(NEW) Sailing School

Provisions at local food stores, fish and seafood outlet

Hardware store accessible by dinghy ride

Fuel and convenience outlets

Liquor Store

Medical, Clinics/Pharmacy

LeNoir Forge Museum Historical Site

Excellent Walking Trails

Library/internet and French Cultural Center at the Picasse

Hotel/Cottage rentals including Robins Housekeeping Cottages adjacent to the boat Club (with available laundry facilities)

Canvas Repair Service operated by one of the members

Samsons Full Service Boat Yard in Petit de Grat



Isle Madame Boat Club Policies and
Boat Club Memorandum of Association & Bylaws

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