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You need a Boating License in Alberta (also called a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or PCOC) in order to legally drive any type of motorized boat in the province. The Canadian PCOC is required across Canada for all ages, all types of motorized boats, and all boat engine sizes. Getting your boat licence gives you access to drive a motorized boat anywhere in Canada.
Driving a motorized boat in Alberta without your Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board will result in a fine of $250. Why take the risk? Get certified today.
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A Pleasure Craft License or ‘boat license’ is a document and a set of I.D. numbers. The document must be on board your boat at all times and the numbers must be displayed on the bow of your boat at all times.
Alberta has an amazing variety of waterways that are awesome for boating! Go cruise those never-ending lakes on Alberta’s plains where you can lean on the bow and feel the warm breeze on the calm waters. Or head to the Rocky Mountains where you can cruise glittering lakes and look up to the amazing peaks of the mountains surrounding you while you make a wake or paddle your kayak! Alberta is a province where there is truly a boating adventure for everyone.
Explore glacier fed Lake Minnewanka, nestled in the Rockies of Banff National Park, or experience a day of wakesurfing on popular Lake Newell. Wondering where to launch your boat or looking for easy boating access? Check out Discover Boating’s Marina and Boat Launch finder, to plan your Alberta boating trip!
For the avid angler, head to Birch Creek to go fly fishing, or try your luck at reeling in any number of fish species at one of Banff National Park’s numerous lakes. Just make sure you learn all you need to know about Alberta’s Fishing License rules and regulations before casting a line!
Take Canada’s Online Boating Course now and be on the water in just a few hours! Get your Alberta Boating License and experience Alberta’s waterways today.
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