Chart 1 : Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms

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Index of Abbreviations - Section V

Index

Periods are not shown after abbreviations in the following list; however on older editions of Canadian charts, they may be shown.

Lettering styles and the use of capitalization varies considerably on charts published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service and may not be exactly as shown in this publication; however no change in meaning is implied by these differences.
A Top of page
Aband Abandoned L44,
N23.2,
N62.2
AERO Aeronautical light P60
Aero Air obstruction light P61
Aero RC Aeronautical
Radiobeacon
Sk
AISM International
Association of
Lighthouse Authorities
Q130
Al, Alt Alternating light P10.11
Alt Altitude
Alta Alberta
AN Notices to Mariners
Ang Anglican
APC Canada Port Authorities
Approx Approximate Ba
Arch Archipelago
Astro Astronomic station Bb
Ave Avenue
B Top of page
B Bay
B Black Qb
B, b Boulders J9.2
b Blue Jq
Bapt Baptist
BC British Columbia
BFC Canadian forces base
BHI International
Hydrographic Bureau
bk Black Jo
bk Broken J33
Bk, Bks Bank, Banks
Bkwr Breakwater F4
Bl Blue light P11.4
bl Black Jo
Bldg Building
Blds Boulders J9.2
blk Black Jo
Blvd Boulevard
BM Bench Mark B23
BM Low Water Hg
Bm, Bms Boom(s) N61
BMI Lower Low Water Hh
Bn, Bns Beacon(s) Q80, Q81,
Q122
Bo Boulder J9.2
Br Breakers K17
br Brown Jt
brk Broken J33
Bu Blue light P11.4
bu Blue Jp
C Top of page
C Cape
c Coarse J32
C Cove
Ca, ca,
cal
Calcareous J38
C-B British Columbia
CD Chart Datum H1
CFB Canadian forces base
CG/GC Coast guard station T10, T11
Chan Channel
Chem,
Chim
Chemical L40.1,
L40.2,
N24
chk Chalk Jc
CHS Canadian Hydrographic
Service
Chy Chimney, Stack E22
Ck Chalk Jc
Cl Vertical clearance D22
Cl, cl Clay J3
cm Centimetre(s) B43
CN, CNR Canadian National
Railways
Co Company
Co Coral J10
Conspic Conspicuous S5
Constr Under construction F30, F32
Conv Conveyor Dc
Corp Corporation
CP, CPR Canadian Pacific
Railways
CPA Canada Port Authorities
Cr Creek
crl Coral J10
crs Coarse J32
Cup Cupola E10.4
Cy Clay J3
D Top of page
d Dark Jv
DFO Fisheries and Oceans
Canada
DG/DM Degaussing Range N25
Dia Diaphone R11
Dir direction light P30
Dist District
dk Dark Jv
Dm Dome E10.4, Ea
dm Decimetre(s) B42
Dn Dolphin F20
DND Department of National
Defence
Dol Dolphin F20
Dr, dr Dries
DW Deep water M27.1
E Top of page
E East B10
EC Environment Canada
ED Existence doubtful I1
EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone N47
E Int Isophase light P10.3
Elev Elevator Eb
Ent Entrance
Ent Entrance
Est Estuary
ev Every Pd
Explos Explosives N12.7,
N23.1,
N23.2
F Top of page
f Fine J30
F Fixed light P10
Fd Fjord, Fiord
FFl Fixed and flashing light P10
Fl Flashing light P10
Fla Flame Tower E23
Flo Floating F16
fm Fathom(s) B48
fne Fine J30
Fog Sig Fog signal R1, R10-
13
FS Flagstaff, Flagpole E27
ft Foot (Feet) B47
G Top of page
G, g Gravel J6
G Green light P11.3
G Gulf
GD Geodetic Datum Hc
Gd Ground Ja, Oc
Geod Geodetic
Gl Glacier
gn Green Jq
Govt Government Uc
Gp Group
Gp Fl Group flashing light P10.4
Gp Occ Group occulting light P10.2
GRC Royal Canadian
Mounted Police
Grd, Gd Ground Ja
GRI Group Repetition
Interval
GSC Geodetic Survey of
Canada
gy Grey Ju
H Top of page
h Hard J39
h Hour B49
HAT Highest Astronomical
Tide
H3
Hbr Harbour
Hd Head, Headland
HHW Higher High Water He
HHWLT Higher High Water,
Large Tide
Hf
Hist Historical Ng
Hn Haven
hor Horizontal P15
Hosp Hospital F62.2
Hr Harbour
hrd Hard J39
HW High Water Hd
HWF&C High Water Full and
Change
Hk
Hwy Highway
I Top of page
I, Is Island(s)
IALA International
Association of
Lighthouse Authorities
Q130
IGLD International Great Lakes Datum Hb
IHB International
Hydrographic Bureau
IHO International
Hydrographic
Organization
Illum Floodlight P63
in Inch(es) Bc
Int Inlet
Int Qk Fl Interrupted quick light P10.6
Î-P-É Prince Edward Island
IQ Interrupted quick light P10.6
IR Indian Reserve
It Its Islet(s)
Iso Isophase light P10.3
J Top of page
Jct Junction
K Top of page
kc Kilocycle(s) Bf
kHz Kilohertz Bg
km Kilometre(s) B40
kn, kns Knot(s) B52
L Top of page
l Large Jm
L Loch, Lough, Lake
Lag Lagoon
Lat Latitude B1
LAT Lowest Astronomical
Tide
H2
LD Limiting or Least Depth
Ldg Landing F17
Ldg Leading P20
Le, Les Ledge, Ledges
LFl Long flashing light P10.5
LH Lighthouse P1
LLW Lower Low Water Hh
LLWLT Lowest Low Water, Large Tide Hj
Lndg Landing F17
LNT Lowest Normal Tide Hi
Long Longitude B2
lrg Large Jm
Lt, Lts Light(s) P20, P21
Lt Ho Lighthouse P1
LW Low Water Hg
M Top of page
M, m Mud J2
M Nautical mile(s) B45
m Metre(s) B41
Magn Magnetic B61
Man Manitoba
Max Maximum
MDN Department of National
Defence
MHW Mean High Water H5
MHz Megahertz Bh
Micro,
Micro Tr
Microwave tower Ec
Mid Middle
Min Minimum
min Minute of time B50
Ml, ml Marl Jb
MLW Mean Low Water H4
mm Millimetre(s) B44
Mo Morse Code light P10.9
Mon,
Mont
Monument E24
MOT Ministry of Transport
MPO Fisheries and Oceans
Canada
Ms Mussels J11
MSL Mean Sea Level H6
Mt, Mtn,
Mtns,
Mts
Mountain(s)
mus Mussels J11
MWL Mean Water Level Ha
N Top of page
N North B9
NAD North American Datum Sb, S50
Nat National
NB, N-B New Brunswick
NE Northeast B13
N-É Nova Scotia
Nfld Newfoundland and
Labrador
NM Notices to Mariners
NME Mean Water Level Ha
No Number
Np Neap tide H17
Nrs Narrows
NS Nova Scotia
NW Northwest B15
NWT Northwest Territories
O Top of page
Obs Observation
Obsc, Obscd Obscured Light P43
Obstn, Obstr Obstruction K40, K41,
K42
Oc, Occ Occulting light P10.2
Occas,Occasl Occasional light P50
ODAS Ocean Data
Acquisition System
Q58
OHI International
Hydrographic
Organization
Ont Ontario
Or Orange Qb
Oy, Oys, oys Oysters J11
Oz, oz Ooze J4
P Top of page
P Pebbles J7
P Pond
PA Position approximate B7
Pass Passage, Pass
PCSP Polar Continental
Shelf Project
PD Position doubtful B8
peb Pebbles J7
PEI Prince Edward Island
Pen Peninsula
Pk Peak
PM High Water Hd
PMS Higher High Water He
PMSGM Higher High Water
Large Tide
Hf
PO Post Office
po Inch(es) Bc
PQ Province of Quebec
Priv Private P65, Q70
Prom Promontory
Prov Province
PtPte Point
Pub Public Uc
PWGSC Public Works and
Government
Services Canada
PWI Potable Water
Intake
Lb
Q Top of page
Q, Qk Fl Continuous quick
light
P10.6
qrtz Quartz Jd
Qué Quebec
Qz Quartz Jd
R Top of page
R Coast radio
station
Sj
R Rapids C22
R Red light P11.2
R River
R, r Red Js, Qb
R, r Rock, Rocky,
Shingle
J9.1
Ra Coast radar
station
S1
Ra Radar tower or
mast
E30
Racon Radar transponder
beacon
S3
Ra(conspic) Radar
conspicuous
object
S5
RAM Range approach
marker
U (Aids to Navigation)
Ra Tr Radar tower or
mast
E30.1, E30.2
RC Circular radiobeacon Si
RC Roman Catholic
RCMP Royal Canadian
Mounted Police
rd Red Js
Rd Road, Roadstead
Rep, Repd Reported I3
Rf, Rfs Reef, Reefs
RG Geodetic Datum Hc
Rge Range
RIGL International Great
Lakes Datum
Hb
Rk, Rks Rock(s)
Rk, Rky Rock, Rocky, Shingle J9
R Lts Air obstruction lights P61
Ro Radio tower or mast E28
Ro Bn Radiobeacon Si
RT Radio telephone station
Ru Ruins D8, F33
S Top of page
S, s Sand J1
S South B11
s Second of time B51
SADO Ocean Data Acquisition
System
Q58
Sask Saskatchewan
Sch Schist
Sd Sound
SD Sounding doubtful I2
SE Southeast B14
sec Second of time B51
sf Stiff J36
sft Soft J35
Sh Shoal
Sh, sh Shells, Oysters,
Mussels
J11
SHC Canadian Hydrographic
Service
shin Shingle J9.1
Si Silt, Ooze J4
Sig Sta Signal station T20
sm Statute mile(s) Be
sm, sml Small Jl
Sn Shingle J9.1
so Soft J35
Sp Church spire E10.2,
E10.3
Sp Spring tide H16
SPM Single point mooring L16
Spr Spring tide H16
St, st Stones J5
StSt, Ste Saint
St, Rd Street, Road
stf Stiff J36
stk Sticky J34
Stn Station
Str Strait
Subm Submerged
SW Southwest B16
SWOPS SINGLE WELL OIL
PRODUCTION
SYSTEMS
sy Sticky J34
T Top of page
TC Transport Canada
Tel Telephone
Telh Telegraph Station T27
T-N Newfoundland and Labrador
TN-O Northwest Territories
TPSGC Public Works and
Government Services
Canada
Tr, Trs Tower(s) E10, E20
TV, TV Tr Television tower or
mast
E29
TY Yukon Territory
U Top of page
U Unwatched light P53
Un United church
Uncov Uncovers
US, USA United States of
America
V Top of page
Varn Variation B61
vert Vertical P15
Vis Visibility
VQ Continuous very quick
light
P10.7
W Top of page
W West B12
W White light P11.1
w White Jn
Wd, Wds Weeds J13
WGS World Geodetic System S50
wh White Jn
whf Wharf
WHIS,
Whis
Whistle buoy Qd, R15
Wk (Hist) Historic Ng
Wk Wreck K2023,
K2627
Wks Wrecks Na
WT Water tower
Y Top of page
Y Yellow, Orange or
Amber light
P11
y Yellow Jr
yd Yard(s) Bd
yl Yellow Jr
YT Yukon Territory
Z Top of page
ZC Chart Datum H1
ZEE Exclusive Economic
Zone
N47
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