“The Government of Canada remains committed to keeping Canadians safe, particularly during these unprecedented and challenging times. Each year, the launch of the North American Safe Boating Awareness Week is an opportunity to remind all Canadians to put their safety and the safety of their families first, and I know that I can count on recreational boaters to do their part to adhere to safety measures and put into practice the recommendations of local public health authorities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”Marc Garneau (2020), Former Minister of Transport
After the end to the Stay-at-Home order on May 19, 2021, many Canadian residents will return to the water. Currently that’s over 16 million Canadian’s who recreate on the many rivers, lakes and other various bodies of water. As with last season, safety should be a priority with Covid-19 for many who will be traveling.
As recommended by the Canadian Government, you should always:
First, one of the most important things to have, is a current pleasure craft license in Ontario for powered boats. It is important to verify to officials your competency for operating your pleasure craft. Also With COVID-19, less people may be out on the water in the spring season. With less people, that means less available help should you experience trouble.
Be prepared before you travel, this includes:
After having checked off this short safety list, remember to have fun! Boating is a great and rewarding lifelong skill for many Canadians. Boating is a great outlet for many of us wanting to wash away our stress, while still allowing us to social distance.
If you would like to experience boating for yourself or explore somewhere new, give us a call! We would be more than happy to educate and help people safely experience the beauty of the French River.