FAQs Canoe & Kayak Ontario

Where can you paddle in Ontario?

Ontario is blessed with a lot of freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds. Wherever you are in the Province somewhere to paddle a canoe, kayak or paddleboard should be nearby. We’ve listed locations on the Rideau Canal and at Ontario Provincial Parks.

Do I have to register my canoe in Ontario?

Typical personal single or two-person kayaks do not need to be registered in Ontario

Do you need a life jacket for a kayak in Ontario?

Transport Canada requires certain safety equipment to be carried by people canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. This includes an approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Perversely you don’t actually have to wear it just have it close to hand. Smart people invest in PFDs that fit and are comfortable to wear for extended periods. Everyone in or on the boat has to have a PFD.

Do you need a life jacket on a paddle board Ontario?

Yes, and if you’re smart wear it. Life jackets and PFDs have a limited lifespan. Make sure yours fits, test it each year to make sure it keeps you afloat, and replace it regularly.

Do I need a license for a paddle board in Ontario?

There’s no specific licensing requirement for paddleboards in Ontario. However, many locations require some sort of fee to use the pond, lake, or river. Ontario Parks have an entrance fee whilst many conservation areas charge a parking fee.