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Motorized boat operators of all ages in British Columbia are required to obtain and carry a BC Boating License (officially known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card or PCOC). If you’re operating a motorized boat in British Columbia, you can obtain your BC boat license by completing the Transport Canada Approved BOATsmart! Course. The Course includes everything you need to pass the Online Test and obtain your BC Boating License today.
Driving a motorized boat in British Columbia without your Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board will result in a fine of $250.
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We've been making smart boaters for more than 13 years. BOATsmart! is Canada’s largest Transport Canada Accredited Course Provider. We’re proud to be Canada’s Official Boating Educator. Your BOATsmart! Card is also accepted in more than 40 U.S. states. We’ve got you covered!
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.
BC is peppered with lakes, rivers, and a coastline that’ll keep boaters exploring for years. Some of our favourite lakes for watersports and lakeside festivals include Okanagan Lake which spans 130 km, Harrison Lake with almost unlimited boating access, and Cowichan Lake where the top water-skiing and wakeboarding fanatics have been known to land some tricks! More of a ‘cruise along the coast’ type of boater? Check out Tofino for some amazing shoreline scenery, sunsets and world famous surfing competitions, or start at Fraser River and work your way up the Sunshine Coast to Desolation Sound for weeks of endless beauty!
Trust us, fishing in BC is where it’s at! To get where you’re going, use Discover Boating’s Marina and Boat Launch finder, and before you cast a line, be sure to read and understand BC’s Freshwater Fishing Regulations and Offshore Fishing Regulations. British Columbia is an angler’s paradise with freshwater and offshore fishing opportunities for sturgeon, salmon and trout! So get out there and reel em’ in!
We’ve been making smart and safe boaters for over 13 years. And we’re proud to be boaters too.
The BOATsmart! Card is good for life and valid in all of Canada's Provinces & Territories including Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.