Boat Safety

Transport Canada Small Craft Regulations

A number of people have been asking about the Transport Canada regulations.  Here is the link to the TC website:
Also attached is a summary sheet for canoe/kayaks and "sealed-hull" (Stand Up Paddle Boards) and sit on top kayaks.  Please also note the special comments at the bottom of the page that refers to flares and radar reflectors.


For those operating a craft over 6 m (19' 5") you do need a watertight flashlight.  Also note that a paddle isn't listed as a requirement anymore (it is assumed you have it with your craft).

Flooding Near Algonquin Park’s East Gate 2013

Flooding Near Algonquin Park’s East Gate - Updated

Historically high water levels on the Madawaska River near Algonquin Park’s eastern gate have forced some families to flee their homes and prompted the Township of South Algonquin to declare a local state of emergency.

At issue is flooding on the engorged river system and the potential failure of the Galeairy Lake Dam in the Village of Whitney, which is located about three hours west of Ottawa.

Click here for Citizen article dated April 22 2013.

Click "Read More" to see a graph of water levels on the Madawaska River at Palmers as of April 27.

Read more: Flooding Near Algonquin Park’s East Gate 2013

PFD Recall

PFD Recall

There has been a recall of certain of the Mustang Inflatable PFDs that automatically inflate.

Don't Drink and Paddle

Don't Drink and Paddle

Click here for Ontario Ministry of Transportation regulations related to drinking and paddling.  Penalties can include driver's licence suspension for days or months or even a lifetime ban. They make it clear that these regulations apply to the operation of both motorized and non-motorized vessels including canoes and kayaks.

The Paddle Canada policy on intoxicants is no use within 8 hours before paddling.

Man Drowns in Boating Accident

Man Drowns in Boating Accident

Click here to read June 18 Citizen article.