Home to over 100,000 lakes and rivers, Manitoba offers endless recreational possibilities. To make sure you have the most fun possible on the water, we’ve answered some of the most common questions we’re asked about boating in Manitoba…

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Canoe on Nutimik Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada

Where can I go boating in Manitoba?

There are lots of resources for recreational boating across the province. Find out what Manitoba parks and waterways are open, and reserve your campsites here.

Do I need to wear a lifejacket?

Yes! You are required by law to have an appropriately sized lifejacket on board for each person on board. Most boaters who die on the water each year in Canada are not wearing flotation devices, or are not wearing them properly.

What fish can I catch in Manitoba?

Fishing is a popular pastime in Manitoban waters – and it’s not hard to see why! From giant trout to your pick of bass, there’s lots to catch. Click here to learn more.

Do I need a  drivers licence to drive a boat?

You do not need a drivers licence to drive a boat. However you do need a boat licence! The Pleasure Craft Operator Card regulations came into effect in 2009 to ensure safety on the water, and allow boaters to adequately prepare themselves before heading out. Learn more about getting your boat licence here.

Do I need insurance?

Technically, you do not need boat insurance in Manitoba. Nevertheless, it’s a great thing to have, especially if your boat is valued at $5,000 or more

We want to keep Manitobans safe on the water while enjoying fun activities this season. Remember, in Manitoba, boat operators are legally required to obtain and carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (also known as a boating license) whenever they are operating a motorized boat. To obtain your card, click here.





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