Required Permits and Licences
Resident recreational powered boaters (power boat or sailboat with an engine) must obtain a PortsToronto Powered Vessel Operators Permit and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) to operate a powered vessel in Toronto Harbour. Please refer to the webpage PortsToronto Powered Vessel Operators Permit for details or call the Permit Office at 416-778-1230.
Visiting recreational powered boaters can obtain a 14-day Visitor Powered Vessel Operators Permit from PortsToronto for $20 by calling the Permit Office at 416-778-1230 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foreign recreational powered boaters can obtain a 14-day Visitor Powered Vessel Operators Permit from PortsToronto for $20 by calling the Permit Office at 416-778-1230 or sending an email to email@example.com.
Foreign recreational boaters in Canadian waters should also consult information found at Transport Canada Office of Safe Boating.
As of September 15, 2009, operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes must have proof of competency on board at all times. Proof of competency can be shown through provision of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) or other approved forms of competency. Details regarding this may be found at Transport Canada Office of Safe Boating.
You can obtain both the required Ports Toronto Power Vessel Operators Permit and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) at our Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Power Boating, located within the Nautical Centre at 275 Queens Quay West (416-203-3000).
Launching Your Boat
If you wish to bring a boat into Toronto Harbour and need to launch it from a trailer you have two possible launch options. Unfortunately neither are downtown. These locations are east and west of the city core. Fees for launching at these locations may apply.
The ramp in the west is located in Humber Bay Park. This park is located in Etobicoke on Lakeshore Boulevard West just west of Park Lawn Road. Heading east towards the City exit at Park Lawn Road from the collector lanes of the Gardiner.
The eastern ramp is located in Ashbridges Bay Park on Lakeshore Boulevard East at the bottom of Coxwell Avenue.
In both locations follow the blue “Boat Launch” signs on Lakeshore.
To reach Toronto’s Inner Harbour you will have to head into Lake Ontario and across Humber Bay from the west or navigate around the Outer Harbour East Headlands from the east. It is most important that you carefully monitor the weather including wind direction and speed. Taking a small boat on either of these voyages in adverse conditions is not advisable! Click on the blue weather button in the Our Marinas section of this web site for the most recent Environment Canada Western Lake Ontario Marine Forecast.
If you wish to launch via a crane or travel lift, please contact Outer Harbour Marina at 416-778-6245 or another local service provider to make arrangements.