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Our pick: St. John River, New Brunswick, NB

St. John River, New Brunswick, NB
St. John River, New Brunswick, NB

The St. John River is a well-kept secret. Scorching hot in summer. Cooling fog from the Bay of Fundy stops at Evandale.

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Top Boating Spots in Canada

Discover great boating locations to get out on the water anywhere in the country. Take a look at our featured boating destinations. With a boat, great getaways are just a weekend away. These popular boating locations may be just a few miles from home, but it feels like you're a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine.

#1
OKANAGAN LAKE, BC
#2
BARCLAY SOUND, BC
#3
HAIDA GWAII, BC
#4
SOUTHERN LAKES, YUKON
#5
SYLVAN LAKE, AB
#6
NORTHERN SASKATCHEWAN
#7
WHITESHELL, MB
#8
CHAUDIÈRE -APPALACHES, QC
#9
NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT, MARITIMES
#10
LAKE OF THE WOODS, ON

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St. John River, New Brunswick

St. John River, New Brunswick

The St. John River is a well-kept secret. Scorching hot in summer. Cooling fog from the Bay of Fundy stops at Evandale.

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Okanagan Lake, British Columbia

Okanagan Lake, British Columbia

One of the most popular destinations in BC, with several large cities bordering the lake, including Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna, the Okanagan is British Columbia's premier wine region, featuring award-winning wineries and restaurants that offer tours and tastings.

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Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

Cruising the Sunshine Coast has a little bit of everything for boaters and offers good provisioning stops if you’re heading up to Princess Louisa Inlet, Desolation Sound and points further north.

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Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is made up of magnificent groves of ancient cedar and spruce, secluded inlets, hot springs and white-sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.

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Kenora, Ontario

Kenora, Ontario

Known as the "Premier Boating Destination of North America," Kenora is a vibrant city situated on the north shore of beautiful Lake of the Woods. Kenora boasts more than sixteen thousand year-round residents, each one looking forward to welcoming newcomers to this part of the world.

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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

The waterways of Cape Breton Island are enchanting and there is so much to see. Cape Breton has a delightful mix of boating experiences, from river boating on the Mira River; sailing on the Bras d’Or to kayaking in D’Escousse.

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Newfoundland and Labrador: An unrivaled cruising destination

Newfoundland and Labrador: An unrivaled cruising destination

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is a cruising destination you won’t soon forget. A rugged and rocky shoreline punctuated with hundreds of secluded coves, quaint communities with friendly faced locals happy to help with your lines, this is what you will experience when you come to Newfoundland and Labrador; one of the world’s prime, but often overlooked, boating destinations.

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South Shore, Nova Scotia

South Shore, Nova Scotia

Going by boat from Lunenburg to the LaHave River is a historic journey. Despite a few small well-marked hazards in Lunenburg Bay, Long Shoal and the aptly named Shingles, once you are on the western side, the coastline is clear of obstructions. This allows a good view of what are known as The Ovens, a spectacular series of caves in low cliffs. Now a natural park and tourist attraction, the Ovens were home to more than 1,000 workers after gold was discovered in 1861.

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Northumberland Strait

Northumberland Strait

Delineated roughly by a line from Point Escuminac, N.B. to Cape North, P.E.I. on the western end and from Inverness, Nova Scotia to East Point PEI on the east, the Northumberland Strait has a length of about 175 nautical miles and encompasses all of the Maritimes.

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Howe Sound - British Columbia

Howe Sound - British Columbia

Cutting deep into the Coast Mountain Range that lies northwest of Vancouver, Howe Sound is a mini cruising ground in its own right.

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Desolation Sound - British Columbia

Desolation Sound - British Columbia

The setting: it's an early August morning of 1792 and it's looking to be yet another stifling hot summer day, much the same as it has been since mid-June. Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy, has been working his way up the west coast of North America.

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Mighty Fraser Country, BC

Mighty Fraser Country, BC

The Mighty Fraser River, the longest in BC, rises in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The river’s turbulent waters widen and flow south through fertile valleys until they curve west and empty into the Straight of Georgia.

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Northumberland Strait - Maritimes

Northumberland Strait - Maritimes

Colourful coastline and the Confederation Bridge make the Northumberland Strait an attractive destination.

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Historic Coastal Nova Scotia

Historic Coastal Nova Scotia

Home to some of the Maritime's most majestic lighthouses and the region's largest metropolitan center, a cruise along the coast of Nova Scotia is sure to be a highlight of any boater's log.

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Muskoka and the Haliburton Highlands - Ontario

Muskoka and the Haliburton Highlands - Ontario

The perfect getaway for transient boaters looking for the ultimate in cruising and unparalleled scenery.

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Trent-Severn Waterway – Gamebridge and Kawarthas - Ontario

Trent-Severn Waterway – Gamebridge and Kawarthas - Ontario

Waterside communities and breathtaking scenery make this majestic route an ideal cruising experience for the whole family.

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Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia

Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia

The Eastern Shore offers wonderful opportunities for sailing in pristine wild and natural environments. Offshore island chains feature hidden gems like crescent white sand beaches and bird colonies, while the coastline is a series of deeply cut fingers extending out to green headlands and rocky seawalls.

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Lake Erie and Area - Ontario

Lake Erie and Area - Ontario

Fascinating nature, majestic islands and plenty of activity qualifies this region as a first-rate destination.

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Nestor Falls - Mid Canada

Nestor Falls - Mid Canada

Is fishing an art or a science? Perhaps a little of both. The deft art of snaking a large, flashy spoon or spinner through water cabbage in search of the predatory northern or muskie takes skill and patience.

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Morson – Mid Canada

Morson – Mid Canada

Morson is located in the “island belt” of Lake of the Woods which makes fishing an unmatched pleasure; the rocky shores, marshy inlets and countless sandy bays are a one-stop spot for walleye, smallmouth and largemouth bass, muskie, northern pike, lake trout, crappies and perch.

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Îles-de-la-Madeleine - Québec

Îles-de-la-Madeleine - Québec

Dunes as far as the eye can see await you in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

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Charlevoix - Québec

Charlevoix - Québec

With its majestic "seascapes" and "mountainscapes," Charlevoix will leave you spellbound.

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Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec

Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec

Situated on the southern shores of the St. Lawrence River, the Bas-Saint-Laurent is an exceptional region. You will be won over first by the scenery with its rolling waters, lighthouses and numerous islands. Here, the kayak is a perfect way to explore the area and the ‘Route Bleue’ offers you an ideal water trail to follow. There are also different discovery cruises where you can experience the beauty and grace of the St. Lawrence islands, and you will find yourself charmed by the wildlife that inhabits the area.

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Mauricie, Quebec

Mauricie, Quebec

Water covers 11% of the Mauricie region (4365 square km), and the Gouin reservoir with its 1303 square km expanse is the most important water plan in the area. Mauricie has an infinite number of lakes that lie strung together or each on their own that offer places of relaxation, where one can commune with nature in a unique setting.

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Chaudière-Appalaches, Quebec

Chaudière-Appalaches, Quebec

The Chaudière-Appalaches region is one of the recognized historic regions of Québec. Its heritage dates back 350 years and the river has been instrumental to the growth and development of this part of the country. It’s no surprise that Chaudière-Appalaches boasts five of the most beautiful old villages of Québec, all bordering along the St. Lawrence River. Experience the beautiful and historic villages of Québec in Chaudière-Appalaches.

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