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Family of four show their Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Colchester Harbour is a natural playground for boaters. Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, the harbour is open from May 1st until Thanksgiving weekend.

Find out more about harbour amenities and fees on our Beach and Harbour page.

What do I need to know about boating in Canada?

A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is required to operate power-driven boats and watercraft in Canada.

Every person who operates a motorized boat in Canada must obtain proof of competency. You can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing a Transport Canada accredited boating safety test. Getting your Operator Card proves that you are a competent boater and ensures that you understand Canada's navigation rules and how to boat safely.

Boaters can obtain their official Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boat licence or boat card, by successfully passing the BOATsmart! exam.