With over 30,000 islands, tons of lakes and two locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway, it’s no wonder that the blue waters of Georgian Bay create the perfect boating experience. Come explore all the beauty our region has to offer! 

Safe boating

Boating is fun, but many get seriously injured in avoidable boating incidents every year. Be sure to practice responsible boating when out on the water. See Transport Canada's Safe Boating Guide or visit Canadian Safe Boating Council for safety tips, restrictions and requirements. New boaters—including those who use kayaks, canoes and paddle boards—are encouraged to visit STARTboating to learn the basics to safely enjoy boating and be better prepared on the water.

 Wear a life jacket

Over 80% of people who drown in recreational boating incidents are not wearing a life jacket or PFD. No matter your favourite activity or style choice, there’s a flotation device ideally suited for you. Visit Canadian Safe Boating Council for lifejacket tips and videos.

 Don't cruise with booze

Canada’s Criminal Code also applies to boating, and operating a boat while impaired is a crime. Join Operation Dry Water to keep our waters safe for everyone. 

 Know before you go 

Be prepared before heading out on the water by knowing applicable boating regulations, checking the weather, inspecting your boat and making a sail/trip plan. 

Operate at a safe speed
In most provinces, there is a speed limit of 10 km/h within 30 m from shore. Certain exceptions apply in rivers, canals, channels and when pulling up or dropping off a water skier perpendicular to the shoreline. 
Carry proof of competency
Going out on the water requires basic boating safety knowledge and a good understanding of the “rules of the road” for Canadian waterways. That’s why everyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft must carry proof of competency and proof of identity on board. Visit Transport Canada for a list of accredited course providers to get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.  

Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations

Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations (VORR) allow any level of government to ask Transport Canada to restrict the use of all boats on bodies of water in Canada. Learn more about the regulations in Transport Canada's Guide and our VORR Policy

Boat launches

Looking for public boat launches in Muskoka? See Muskoka Tourism’s map to find boat launches close to you.   

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