Going boating in Québec? You need to get your BOATsmart! Pleasure Craft Operator Card before you launch the boat. Motorized boat operators of any age, with any engine horsepower, and any boat size will need to have their Québec Boating License in order to legally go boating in Québec.
Boaters caught operating a motorized boat on Québec's waterways without a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (boating license) will receive a fine of $250.
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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.
As Canada’s largest province, it’s no surprise that Québec is home to countless waterways that are perfect for boating and paddle trips, like the St. Lawrence River, Charlevoix Québec, Ungava Bay, and James Bay. Got a few beach lovers on board? Cruise them to Grand Lac Saint-Francois or Lac-Aux-Sables to feel the warm summer breeze with sand between your toes!
Wherever you decide to go boating in Québec, you won’t be limited by boat launch locations, that’s for sure! Just check out all the available launch points here. Thinking about going fishing? You should be - the fishing is awesome in Québec! Just be sure to learn about how to get your Québec fishing license and get familiar with the rules and regulations in Québec’s 29 fishing zones before casting your line!
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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.