Search and Rescue stations across Ontario open for 2020 recreational boating season

News release

March 20, 2020

Sarnia, Ontario - Four of the Canadian Coast Guard’s seasonally operated lifeboat stations on the Great Lakes will reopen.

Stations in Amherstburg, Kingston, Port Dover, and Port Weller will reopen on March 20, 2020.

Remaining lifeboat stations will open on the following dates:

  • April 3, 2020: Cobourg
  • April 10, 2020: Goderich, Meaford, and Tobermory
  • April 17, 2020: Thunder Bay

Waterways remain very cold at this time of year and take much longer to warm up when compared to the air, so boaters should ensure they take necessary precautions when near or on Ontario’s waterways. Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide is an excellent source of information in preparation for the recreational boating season.

Emergencies on the water can be reported 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, toll-free (within Canada) at 1-800-267-7270, or via marine VHF radio - channel 16.

We are committed to the health and safety of our members, while continuing to provide our essential services to Canadians, mariners and our partners. We are ready and able to adapt our operations so we can respond when needed.

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Media Relations
Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Central and Arctic Region

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