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Power Boating and Sailing

  • Do not use an engine that is too powerful for your boat
  • Obey speed limits. The top speed of all vessels within 30 metres (100 feet) of shore is 10 km/h or 6 mph.
  • Personal floatation devices (PFDs) and/or approved lifejackets are required for each person travelling on a boat
  • Depending on your boat's size and/or equipment, other safety devices may be required. Contact your nearest police service or the Canadian Coast Guard for information on your boat's needs.
  • Always exercise caution when boarding and disembarking docked boats. Small boats are particulary susceptible to tipping.
  • Be sure to distribute weight evenly in the boat and remain seated while it is in motion. Do not sit on the bow or gunwales (sides).
  • Avoid overloading your boat with passengers and/or cargo
  • Always check weather reports prior to heading out and be aware of changing weather patterns while on the water
  • Sail only in familiar waters. Use charts for unfamiliar areas.