Rules on the Water

Posted On: Jul 29, 2022

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Boat safe this long weekend, Sicamous! Here is a reminder of some rules on the water to consider before you set off.


Different vessels have different requirements for safety equipment. Review the required safety equipment for your vessel before getting out on the water.

Safety Equipment Requirements


When boating on lakes and rivers in British Columbia, there is a speed limit of 10km/h within 30 metres of shore. This speed limit is in effect whether it is visibly posted or not. Exceptions include the recreational towing of a skier or wakeboard while travelling away from and perpendicular to the shore, rivers less than 100 metres wide, in buoyed channels and in waters where another speed limit is set.

Universal Shorline Speed Restrictions


You are responsible for the wake created by your vessel. Wakes can capsize other vessels, endanger swimmers and cause damage to other vessels, docks and the shoreline. Be considerate of other boaters around you by paying close attention to the wake created by your boat.

Watch Your Wake