British Columbia is a safe place for a boating vacation. There are no pirates and usually your boat is secure at any of our marinas or harbours. To help you plan a safe, environmentally benign, culturally sensitive voyage, we provide some tips and links to important information in this section.
- Use our Marine Stewardship ethics to refresh your awareness of boating behaviour that preserves the quality of the marine and land environment.
- Use the links to weather and chart purchase to plan a safe boating holiday.
- Consult our Travel in First Nations Traditional Territories so you don’t unwittingly do harm to a sacred site and you travel with respect for the close ties between the land and the people who have lived on it for many millennia.
- Use our tips and links to information to properly report to customs.
- Use the links we provide to find fishing regulations. Remember, regulations vary with place and season.
Buying a Boat
A Boat Buyers’ Guide. Buying a boat (or yacht) is a major purchase. It can be confusing and even stressful. Find advice on making the right purchase for you.
Enjoying your boating holiday in safety is our priority. The need for precaution increases in more remote regions. Navigational challenges vary across British Columbia’s coastal regions.
Reporting to Customs
Entering Canada by boat carries the same obligations to report to a Canada Customs agent as at road or airport entry points.
We hope you will catch finfish and shellfish during your boating holiday. Fishing is good everywhere, but gets better in remote areas. You don’t have to travel far for excellent fishing.
Travel in First Nations Traditional Territories
My name is Candace Campo, I am a member of the shíshálh Nation, and my ancestral name is xet’semíts’a (to always be there).
Marine Environmental Stewardship Ethics
Leave nothing but your wake. One of the most treasured features of boating in BC is the health of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Main image at top of page: Bear viewing launch in the Great Bear Rainforest, credit Boomer Jerritt