Boating in Canada

Safety Underway

Safety Underway: Operating your Boat Safely Enjoying Canada’s waterways is one of our greatest summer pastimes. While we all want to have fun and enjoy a day on the water, sharing the waterways with...

Boating in Restricted Visibility

Safe Operation in Restricted Visibility Boaters should take additional care when operating at night or during periods of restricted visibility such as fog, darkness or heavy rain. Remember: If you ar...

Controlling your Boat or Personal Watercraft

Choosing a Safe Speed The Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations impose standardized speed limits and shoreline speed zones (usually local in nature) and the Collision Regulations specify that it i...

Sharing Canada’s Waterways

Over 10 million boaters enjoy Canada’s waterways each year. All boaters should be knowledgeable of and abide by the Collision Regulations and use common sense and courtesy while underway. Never cr...

Respecting the Marine Environment in Canada

Marine Environment and Environmental Responsibility It is illegal to pollute Canadian waterways. Always use caution when refueling and be sure not to spill excess fuel into the water. When operating y...

Checking the Weather

Local Forecasts Understanding weather and water conditions is vital to boating safely. You should always check the local weather forecast to obtain current, relevant information before heading out on...

Towing Rules and Regulations

Towing Towing a water-skier, wakeboarder, kneeboarder or other towable device requires the use of a spotter. A spotter is a person who observes the person being towed at all times. The spotter notifie...

Distress Equipment

Certain distress equipment is required to be carried onboard pleasure craft at all times. This is so that you have it in the event of an emergency situation like a collision, a medical emergency or a ...

Navigation Equipment

Navigation equipment (like sound signals and navigation lights) are required on all boats in Canada. Their purpose is to attract the attention of other boaters and to aid with navigation on the water....

Cardinal Buoys

The Cardinal System There are numerous marker and buoy systems in Canada. The two main ones to be aware of as a boater are the Lateral System and the Cardinal System. Let’s take a closer look at the...