Alberta, the most active of Canada’s Prairie Provinces, is a truly wonderful place for all boaters and anglers, even though it does not boast a coast. After all, this western province provides access to the Canadian Rockies, and it features a wide array of unique land formations and bodies of water that entice nature lovers and adventurers from all over the world. There are boating opportunities here that you will not find elsewhere. However, for the boater, perhaps Alberta’s greatest feature is its continental climate, which ensures magical summertime weather that is perfect for any type of boating or fishing or other outdoor activities Alberta Canada offers.
Alberta, however, requires a boating license for nearly every type of vessel. So if you plan to get the most out of your Alberta adventure, then you are going to want to take the time now to get everything in order. The good news is that if you have license from another Canadian or US agency, the process may be relatively painless. If you cannot get a boating license, Alberta does have many lakes and rivers integrated into the park system where you can go on boat tours, guided boats, fishing expeditions, jet skis and even sailboats. Alberta is actually well known for its sailing, and it hosts many high-profile sailing events each year. However, in order to get the most out of Alberta, we recommend having your license and bringing your own boat or at least renting one when you get there.
You only pay for your Boating License Exam once. If you don’t pass, you can try the exam again at no additional charge.
ASM Safe Safe Boating encourages boaters in all provinces to take a Transport Canada Accredited course to obtain the Canadian Boating License (officially known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card). ASM Safe Boating, through its partnership with BoaterExam.com, offers Transport Canada accredited courses and certification for the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
If you operate a boat, you have to have a boater license. It’s the law. Without a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, or boat operators license, you’re automatically subject to a $250 fine.