What are the Canadian boating speed limits?

Knowing what the boating speed limits in Canadian waters will probably be on your final boating exam, so let's go over these Canadian boating speed limits now.

When it comes to speed limits in Canada, you need to know about posted signs and un-posted speed limits.

Posted Speed Limits

The standardized speed limit for boats in Canada is normally signed 5, 10, 25, 40, 55 km/h.

​​5 Km/h10 Km/h MAX25 Km/h MAX40 Km/h MAX55 Km/h MAX

Un-posted Speed Limits

When there are NO speed limit control signs posted - you may be wise to keep your speed at 10 km/h.

That's because some provinces including Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and the inland waters of British Columbia have adopted the 10 km/h max within 30 meters or 98.5 feet of shore law.

This means maximum 10 km/h whether posted or not.

However, exceptions to that speed limit within 30 m of shore include the following when:

a) where recreational towing follows a parallel path along the shoreline within the designated buoys.
b) rivers less than 100 meters (328 ft) wide, as well as buoyed channels and canals.
c) waters where another speed limit is set.

So next time someone asks you if you know the speed limits for boating in Canada, tell them posted speed limits are signed 5,10, 25, 40 and 55 km/h. And when no signs are posted - they'd be wise to go only 10 Km/h.

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