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How do I get my boating license in Northwest Territories?

To get your boating license in Northwest Territories :

  • Study our free online boating course and pass the online test.
  • Print a temporary boating license (PCOC) at home and go boating straight away.
  • Your permanent boating license (PCOC) will be mailed to you in Northwest Territories within 48 hours.
  • Your boating license never expires and is valid to use nationwide.

Do I need a boating license in Northwest Territories?

Yes. Anybody who operates a motorized boat or PWC in Northwest Territories must have a proof of competency regardless of your age, engine horsepower or length of boat. The most common proof of competency in Northwest Territories is a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (boating license). Proof of competency is basically a proof of boating education.

Failure to have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card with you when boating in Northwest Territories could result in a fine of $250.

Boating In Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories of Canada are made up of the regions of Dehcho, North Slave, Sahtu, South Slave and Inuvik. Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories and is the most populated. The Northwest Territories are over 1,300,000 km2 with very different climates from north to south. The islands to the north, which are located in the Arctic Circle, have a polar climate and to the south they have a subarctic climate.

The Northwest Territories is an adventure-packed destination, there is so much to see and do here that you will never want to leave. Explore areas by boat, canoe or kayak or stay at one of the many fishing lodges and catch trophy-sized trout and pike. Take in the breathtaking show of the Northern Lights or explore all nature has to offer in the Northwest Territories and catch sight of some amazing wildlife along the way. Just don’t forget to pack your Northwest Territories boating license.

Great Bear Lake

Great Bear Lake is the largest lake entirely within Canada. It is located hundreds of miles from civilization so getting here is usually by seaplane as road access is very limited. Great Bear Lake is known for its fishing with fishermen catching lake trout, arctic grayling and pike. There are many fishing lodges dotted along the shoreline, all offering everything you need for your fishing adventure. Fishing this amazing lake is an experience you won’t forget.

Mackenzie River

The Mackenzie River is the longest river in Canada. It is 1,738 km long, flowing from Great Slave Lake into the Arctic Ocean. The best time to go boating on this river is between May and October as it is frozen for the rest of the year. Boating down the Mackenzie River you will come across some spectacular scenery: forests, mountains and steep bluffs everywhere you turn. While mostly remote you will pass through some of the Northwest Territories communities along the way. This breathtaking river is a boating adventure you won’t want to miss.

Great Slave Lake

Great Slave Lake is the second-largest lake in the Northwest Territories and is popular with all boaters. The Northwest Territories capital Yellowknife calls this lake home as well as many other communities. Great Slave Lake is full of things to see and do: sightseeing, fishing, and kayaking to name a few. Spot the nautical neighbourhood of brightly coloured houseboats in Yellowknife Bay or continue out into the lake to explore islands, towering cliffs and sandy beaches. Birdwatching and fishing are also popular pastimes on Great Slave Lake. It is a busy spot in the summer with the lake full of boats, float planes landing, kayakers and sailors all wanting to explore this amazing lake. 

Visit Northwest Territories for your next boating adventure, whether it is boating on the ocean, river or lake you will find it all in one province.

Get your Northwest Territories Boating License today!



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