Boating has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic...
The Canadian Government has restricted travel including boating and crossing the U.S. border. (CBSA
Some provinces also have border restrictions.
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Each year, it's estimated 12 million Canadians
go boating in 8 million boats.
Nearly 80% of us live less than an hour from navigable water. It's shown by research there is a connection between water and happiness.
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Boating news blog
How to find things:
1. Rules & Regulations in Canada
- Pleasure Craft Operators Card
- The card (PCOC) is now required for operating any
powered boat. Foreign visitors and renters follow special rules.
- Boat Licences & Registration
- 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.
- Mandatory Safety equipment
- Depends on boat type & length
- Boating Laws
- On-the-water tickets for a number of infractions (Contravention Act)
- Licences, marine radios, compliance plates, fishing, pollution, etc.
- Government Directory
- 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. Security procedures
- 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.
- 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, Drugs & Boats
- Both federal and provincial laws and regulations cover use on boats.
"Money cannot buy happiness, but can buy you a yacht...
and I've never seen a sad man on a yacht."
- Hugh Hefner
2. Safety & Navigation
- Small boat navigation
- Using a compass for chart plotting
Electronic navigation using echarts.
WAAS navigation the most accurate
Older systems in common use:
Loran-C (archive) was retired in 2010.
- 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!
- Distress signals
- To use when you are in trouble -- from flares to Mayday.
Waving your arms and screaming works too!
- Sound signals
- Signalling your intentions with a horn or other device.
- Spring Pre-launch Checklist
- Important boat checks for a stress-free season.
- Fuelling gasoline
- Safety at the gas dock (or "How I hate flying through the air!")
How to Save Fuel
- Fire extinguishers
- A real-life galley fire story.
- Marina security
- On everyone's minds these days.
Learn how to protect your pride and joy.
- 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.
- Drowning & Prevention
- How to recognize a drowning person.
Simple drown-proofing everyone should learn.
- Rip Tides
- How to recognize a rip tide and what to do to save
yourself from one.
- Speed limits and "No Wake" signs
- Near-shore speed limits in most provinces
- Posted limits near marinas, narrow channels, canals, sensitive shore
- How to prevent and treat "mal de mer".
- 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.
- Protecting your crew from mosquitoe bites and illnesses.
- West Nile Virus
- Mosquito-born disease
- Lyme disease & Black-legged Ticks
- Fast growing epidemic in North America
- Boating Statistics
- This is our collection of statistics about
boating accidents, drownings, and the boat industry.
3. Cruising in 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
- 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.
- Small Circle Cruise Planning
- Cruise canals, lakes & rivers of New York, Ontario, Quebec,
Small Circle Cruise Diary
- Cruising British Columbia
- B.C.'s protected waters offer
breathtaking scenery, solitude, marine life, mountains,
- St. Lawrence to Lake Champlain
- Paddling voyage from Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Richelieu
River, to Lake Champlain
- Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP)
- This boating-made-simple is expanding fast
- Cruising South
- Cruising south to the ICW, Florida and Bahamas.
Even how to make a rum pot and
cruise planning with Google Earth
- Cruising North
- Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic
- Cruising with Pets
- Should you do it? How to survive it!
- How to do things around the boat
- Basic boating hints
Winterizing (eastern Ontario)
- 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
Drinking water, parasites
- How to Clean a boat
- Non-toxic Cleaning
- The wonderful birds whose mournful call is heard
across Canada's fresh water lakes in the summer.
- 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 and taxes (We aren't all rich, eh!)
5. Buying a Boat
- Canadian Yacht Clubs & Boating Associations
- Useful reference for boating groups across Canada.
- Buying a boat
- It's fun but it's not easy! To avoid all the mistakes most
boat buyers make, read
- 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
- Our collection of boaters' experiences will help you do it
- Survey a Boat (Yourself)
- A checklist to help you look at boats and keep your head
when you've lost your heart!
Then hire a marine surveyor before you make any offers.
- "The Name Game"
- Favorite Boat Names
Removing a vinyl decal
- Top Insurance claims
- The most common accidents that can happen on the water.
- How to dispose of a boat
- You could sell it, but there are options.
6. Fun Stuff for Boaters!
- Boat Shows & Events
- Boat shows, poker runs, tall ships
- Our Social Media, News, Videos
Boating in Canada News Blog
Youtube: Boats & Beaches
- Knots, lines, flags, music, life on Mars...
- Poetry for Sailors
- Includes the The Irish Blessing.
- Boating cartoons
- Includes all my favorites
- Boating humour and jokes collection:
- Pirate Joke
The "Laws" of Boating
Celsius & the Maple Leafs
True sailing story
Boat Shoe Humour
- How to Identify a Canadian Boater!
- with some northern tongue in cheek.
- The Perfect Storm: The Condensed Script
- For those who haven't time to see the movie!
- 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
- Canadian Boating Scavenger Hunt
- A fun game for your boating social for the kids (or adults?)
- Online Boating Games
- Links to other sites for kids (large and small) on a rainy day
- Apps for Sailors
- Navigation, weather, charts, tides, boating resources
- Media stuff
- Music, calendar, music, loon calls
- Boating photography
- How to take memorable photos while bouncing around.
- Photography in a Kayak
- How to take photos safely while you are pabrling
- Boating and Sex (article)
- Sex lives of Canadian boaters
(survey pubished with permission)
- Cool Tools
- Today's moon (image)
Canadian Time Zone Clocks
Pat's Units Converter Tool (PDQ Library)
- Converts distance, speed, weight, volume, temperature,
pressure, area. The "gas price converter" converts
between U.S. dollars per gallon and Canadian dollars per litre.
Save the web page to use it offline!