The Canadian flag waving against a blue sky.

Fishing in Canada is a popular pastime during this season, and for good reason! However, with all the changes in restrictions over the past few years, it can be tricky to know which borders are open to visitors, even in our neighboring countries.

If you plan to visit Canada by boat, here’s what you need to know before going.

What are the Details on Canada Border Non-Essential Travel Right Now? 

For private boaters, there are two different scenarios, each with their own requirements: docking in Canada and fishing in Canada.

Docking in Canada: Mandatory Reporting Through ArriveCAN

As of the publication of this article, private boaters will still need to use the Canadian app ArriveCAN before or once arriving in Canada.

Reporting on this app will require you to show your “full” vaccination status, as determined by the Canadian government. You may not be allowed into the country if you do not meet their requirements.

Currently, there are a few exceptions (including natural disasters, accessibility needs, etc.) That being said, to avoid complications or delays, your best bet is to follow the Canadian government’s guidelines.

White boat moving through the water.

Not sure if you’ll be allowed to dock in Canada?

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) site provides the current rules and regulations for private boaters. Answer these questions provided by the Canadian government to find out if you meet the current requirements.

Pro-tip: Make sure you have the latest version of the app installed before you head out on the water, where wifi can be scarce – or, let’s face it, nonexistent.

Now, How About the Rules for Fishing in Canada?

The good news is that if you’re an American citizen looking to fish in Canada, you are not required to report vaccination status as long as you continuously remain on your boat.


What does this mean, exactly? Well, you cannot:

  • Dock and set foot on Canadian soil
  • Anchor
  • Moor
  • Come alongside another boat

If any of these instances happen, you will be required to report using the ArriveCan app. Failure to do so will result in a fine of at least CAN$1,000 (roughly $750.)

One last thing! To legally fish in Canada, you will also need a fishing license for the appropriate province or territory and your state ID.

Looking to stay within the United States? Check out our favorite fishing spots in Washington. 

Stay Comfortable While Visiting Gorgeous Canada By Boat 

Whether you’re fishing in Canada for the day or planning to stay a little longer, our Smooth Moves boat seat suspension systems help protect your body from the incessant impact of waves. After all, with so many beautiful sights to see on the Canadian waters, the last thing you want to worry about is nagging back and joint pain!

Want to fish comfortably on the water? Before you plan your next excursion up north, take a look at all of the professional anglers who use our suspension seat systems. Then, go ahead and find a Smooth Moves dealer in your part of the country. We think you’re gonna love the difference.

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Note: This information is accurate as of its publication date.