Pat's Boating in Canada

HELPING BOATERS SINCE 1996

Welcome to one of the oldest, largest boating sites in Canada. Each year, an estimated 15 million Canadian adults (population 35 million!) went boating in 4 million boats. Nearly 80% of us live less than an hour from navigable water. No matter where you want to go on the water – or just a place in your mind – you can get there by boat.

If you have lost your heart to a boat, you need to know about Regulations, Navigation, & Safety before you get underway. Learning about boating never stops! We also have Cruising information and Fun Stuff too.

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KEYWORD
INDEX


1000 Islands
1000 Is. cruising
1000 Is. diary
1000 Is. fees
1000 Is. Ramps
1000 Is. photos
1000 Is. history
about the site
accidents
acts
advertising
aloha 32
alcohol
apps
batteries
beaufort
biodiesel
birds
black rat snake
blog news
blog help
boat brochure
boat costs
boat handling
boater card
boater exam
boat games
boat licences
boat names 1
boat names 2
boat shows
boat show contacts
boat sex
boat sex survey
Boating Index
boating rules
buy a boat
buy in Canada
buy in USA
can.rec.boating
Canadian boaters
canal/Rideau
canal/Trent
canal cruise
canal fees
canal rules
canoe Museum
canoe trip
kayak trip
Canpass
carbon monoxide
cartoons
chart list
chart list
chart plotting
checklist
christening
e-charts
Christmas
Christmas poem
circle cruise 1
circle cruise 2
classified ad
cleaning boats
clubs
common cold
compass
computer
converter
convert length
convert speed
convert celsius
convert $U.S. gas
convert $Cdn gas
coordinates
costs, boat
CPR
cruising 1
cruising 2
Customs, Canada
Customs, U.S.
distance tables
DGPS
docking lessons
drinking water 1
drinking water 2
e-charts
electric
electric shock
e-lessons
email
environment
equipment
events
extinguisher
feedback form
fees/canals
fees/1000 Is.
fees/taxes
fire, galley
fire extinguisher
fishing
flares
float plan
float plan form
flotsam
forums
saving fuel
gasoline
gas chart
Government Index
GPS
GPS news
great lakes
How-to
hypothermia
I68
ICW
insurance
invasive species
Jack Nye
joke 1
joke 2
joke 3
joke 4
joke 5
joke 6
kayak cruise
knots
knot/slip
kudos!
lat/long
laws
letters
licence/boat
licence numbers
licence/operator
licence archive
licence/OSA
lighthouses
Lyme disease
loading table
locking
logos
loons
Loran C
Mafor
metric distance
metric converter
moon phase
mosquitoes
multimedia
navigation
news / blog
news feed
news subscribe
news U.S. customs
newsgroups
OBF
Olympic flame
operator card
online games
Ottawa boating
PCOC
PCOC archive
pets
pet quotes
phonetic
photography
photos
poetry
PWCs
quiz 1
.. answers
quiz 2
.. answers
radio, marine
radio, other
regulations
canal/Rideau
Rideau videos
Rideau diary
Rideau-Trent log
Rideau data
rss feed
rules, boating
rules, canal
rumpot
sail plan
seasickness
seasick talk
security
sell boats
SETI
shipping
shock, electric
shows
signals
site map
social media
speed
speed table
spring check
statistics
St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence canoeing
St. Lawrence kayaking
St. Lawrence charts
St. Lawrence cruise
St. Lawrence level
St. Lawrence comment
1000 Is. cruising
1000 Is. Customs
1000 Is. diary
1000 Is. fees
1000 Is. Ramps
1000 Is. photos
1000 Is. history
scavenger hunt
small circle cruise
small circle cruise2
sun shield
Sun/Sky
survey
south cruise
taxes/fees
Thousand Is.
time
tourists
toxins
Trent Canal
Trent-Rideau log
Trent letter
U.S. cruise
U.S. customs
U.S. ports
U.S. video checkin
U.S. visitors
VHF
VHF call
VHF channels
VHF channels Pacific
VHF DSC
VHF mayday
VHF phone
VHF monitoring
VHF (U.S.)
WAAS
water, drinking
water gauges
water quality
water levels
water levels/99
wakes
weather
weather online
winterizing
world heritage site
weather/VHF
West Nile virus
wind speed
yacht clubs
zebra mussels


 

1. RULES & REGULATIONS

 
Get your
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Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Avoid the fine!
Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC)
(mandatory education, operator licence) began in April 1999. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is now required for operating any powered boat. Foreign visitors and renters follow special rules. Get your training and operator card from BoaterExam.com - all online.
Boat Licences, Registration, and Markings
For boats, before you wet Her bottom. Licensing is the norm -- you get new federal licence numbers from the province, such as ON123456 in Ontario.
Minimum equipment required
For your boat in Canada depends on Her length.
Boating Laws
Including the Contraventions Act with on-the-water tickets for a number of infractions.
Government Index
Find details about government regulations affecting boating. Includes U.S. and provincial governments.
Rules of the Road
What you need to know to avoid a collision with all the boats out there! Repeat after me: "There is no right of way"!
Entering the U.S.A. by Boat
Crossing the border, Customs decals, I-68 forms, video terminals, NEXUS, cruising permits, CANPASS. Security procedures change regularly!
Entering Canada by Boat
Foreign boaters need information on immigration, customs, tax rebates, marine radio, environmental laws, boat and operator licensing requirements, and which ports to report to.
Buying a boat
It's not easy but so much fun! To avoid all the mistakes most boat buyers make, read " Buy a Boat with Confidence" written by boater Doug Dawson ..before you shop. Don't buy a lemon!
Why you should buy a boat in Canada
Things to consider if you think boat deals are better in the U.S.A.
Buying a Boat in the USA (Importing a boat and trailer)
Our collection of boaters' experiences will help you do it more easily.
Survey a Boat (Yourself)
A checklist to keep your head working when you've lost your heart to a boat! THEN hire a surveyor before you make an offer.
"The Name Game"
Favorite Boat Names
Christening and De-naming ceremonies
Removing an old vinyl decal
StreetGlo boat name decals and boat name suggestion tool.
VHF marine radio
In Canada boaters need licences to use a VHF radio: an optional licence for the radio and a mandatory licence for the operator. There is a "short" VHF channel list and an emergency "Mayday" sheet for your crew.
Alcohol & Boats
Governed by federal and provincial laws. A discussion from the Canadian boating group about drinking and boating is included.
Buy a Boat: Must Have
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2. NAVIGATION & SAFETY

PowerBoating Canada
Small boat navigation
Using a compass for chart plotting to electronic navigation using echarts. WAAS navigation is the newest and most accurate electronic system. Older systems in common use are: GPS, DGPS. Loran-C (archive) was retired in 2010.
Cruise Checklist
For those important checks before you head out. Handy enough to print out.
Fuelling gasoline
Safety at the gas dock (or "How I hate flying through the air!") and Fire extinguishers includes a story about a real-life galley fire.
How to Save Fuel in your Boat
Float Plan
For you to fill out and give to a friend or the Coast Guard -- just in case.
Marine Weather
Forecasts to avoid bad experiences!
MAFOR Code, Beaufort Scale
Distress signals
To use when you are in trouble -- from flares to Mayday. Waving your arms and screaming works too!
Marina security
On everyone's minds these days. Learn how to protect your pride and joy.
Hypothermia
It can kill you. Here are the symptoms and treatment as well as how to prevent it.
CPR and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Refresher for those who have taken a course.
Electric Shock Drowning (ESD)
How to recognize, deal with, and prevent dangerous electric power leaks from docks and boats.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning
Prevent this silent killer. The odorless gas from any fuel-burning engine, generator, heater or stove can kill.
Mosquitoes
Protecting your crew from mosquitoe bites and illnesses.
West Nile Virus
Lyme disease
Fastest growing epidemic in North America transmitted by ticks
How-to & Help
Helpful information, winterizing, batteries and more.
Top Insurance claims
The most common accidents that can happen on the water.
Pat's Units Converter (PDQ Library)
Converts distance, speed, weight, volume, temperature, pressure, area, dollars. The "gas price converter" converts between U.S. dollars per gallon and Canadian dollars per litre - Canadians always pay more! Save the web page to use offline!
Boating Statistics
This is our collection of statistics about boating accidents, drownings, and the boat industry.
First Mate Must Have
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3. CRUISING CANADA

The Rideau Waterway
UNESCO World Heritage Site from Ottawa, Ontario (Canada's capital) to Kingston on Lake Ontario - the best cruising, fishing, history and scenery. Read Pat's "Rideau Canal Cruising Guide". Don't miss our videos.
The Trent-Severn Waterway
386 km. of canals, rivers, and 45 locks from Trenton on Lake Ontario to Lake Huron - prefect for power cruising and touring.
Canadian Canoe Museum, and Peterborough Locks
The Great Lakes
Great boating in the largest area of freshwater on earth.
Thousand Islands National Park, also known as the 1000 Islands [sigh].
Pat's Island Photos.
St. Lawrence to Lake Champlain by Kayak
Paddling voyage from Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Richelieu River, to Lake Champlain
Small Circle Cruise Planning
Cruise canals, lakes & rivers of New York, Ontario, Quebec, Vermont
Small Circle Cruise Diary
Canadian Yacht Clubs & Boating Associations
Useful reference for boating groups across Canada.
Flotsam
Knots, flags, and other stuff that doesn't fit elsewhere.
Cruising South
Cruising south to the ICW, Florida and Bahamas. Even how to make a rum pot. For you daring voyagers, read about Jack Nye's 18th Atlantic Voyage - at 86!
Seasickness
How to prevent and treat "mal de mer".
Cruising with Pets
Should you do it? How to survive it!
Basic Boating hints
Batteries and How-to for Boating.
Loons
Those wonderful birds whose mournful call is heard across Canada's fresh water lakes in the summer.
Fishing in Ontario
Provinces regulate fishing, so this is general.
Aquatic Environment, Water Quality
Invasive species, virus and chemicals in fish, holding tanks, Clean Marine, sewage into snow, solar boats Cleaning a boat, Biodiesel, Great Lakes toxins, Drinking water, parasites
Zebra mussels & Invasive Species
Invasion of the Great Lakes by Invasive Species. I'm going to have a Zebra mussel appetizer - with garlic!
Taxes and fees
Boaters pay many fees (Hey, we aren't all rich so lay off!) HST adds extra costs to boating
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4. FUN STUFF!

BOATEREXAM.COM
Boat Shows & Events
Boat shows, poker runs, tall ships
Poetry for Sailors
Includes the The Irish Blessing.
Boating and Sex
Article republished with permission.
Sex lives of Canadian boaters
Survey of boater "habits" from 2008
Boating cartoons favorites
Includes all my favorites
Boating Humour collection:
Celsius & Maple Leafs  :  Pirate Joke  :  Sailing Story
Teaching Sailing  :  Sailor Math  :  Boat Shoes
The Perfect Storm: The Condensed Script
For those who haven't time to see the movie!
How to Identify a Canadian Boater!
Just a little northern humour.
The "Laws" of Boating
Laugh, so you don't cry!
Canadian Boating Quiz
Sail your brain! Can you identify all Canada'a provinces and territories?
Online Boating Games
Links to other sites for kids (large and small) on a rainy day
Canadian Boating Scavenger Hunt
A fun game for your boating social for the kids (or adults?)
Apps for Sailors
Software for Android and iPad/iPhone/iTouch - navigation, information resources, weather, charts, tides
Media stuff
Animated photos, calendar, music, loon calls ...
Boating photography
How to make those memorable photos while bouncing around.
Canadian Boating News Blog
Important Canadian boating news. Subscribe to our feed or read the archives.
Social Media & Forums
Boating in Canada is on   Google Plus (G+) and
  Twitter @BoatingInCanada for current information.
Collected Flotsam
Knots, Bowline video, flags, music, geography, ...
Time and Clocks
Current Moon Phase and information about the Sun and Sky.
Join the SETI Project
Analyze radio telescope data to find extraterrestrial life!
Learning Boat Handling and Docking
General e-Lessons Dawson's e-Lessons will help you dock, tie up, ramp, anchor, splice lines and tie knots. You and your crew will learn the practical side of boating in a condensed lesson that will teach you exactly what you need to know to handle your boat. Browse, order and download these terrific booklets from Boating with Dawsons, a long-time affiliate of Boating in Canada!

Here is a list of some Dawson's e-Lessons about docking:
Dock a Boat like a Pro
Docking a sterndrive
Docking Twin Sterndrives
Docking Twin Sterndrives Advanced
Docking a Single Inboard
Docking Twin Outboard
Docking Twin Inboard
Docking your boat
Docking Single Outboard
Docking your Sailboat
Houseboat Docking
Houseboat Docking Single O/B or I/O
Docking While Cruising
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