water safety

Have Fun & Stay Safe!


All water craft:

  • All persons traveling on all forms of water craft - human or motor powered - should wear properly fitting personal floatation devices (PFD) at all times
  • Never operate any craft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Any vessel operating after dusk or before dawn MUST use navigation lights

To prevent introduction of harmful invasive species into our lakes, please CLEAN, DRAIN & DRY your boat if you are moving it from one body of water to another. 

All motorized craft:

  • Transport Canada requires any person operating a power-driven boat to present "proof of competency" to demonstrate that they understand the basic rules of safety and operation. The most common proof of competency is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card, which you can obtain by completing an accredited boating safety course and examination, in-person or online.
  • Please obey speed limit (10 km/h within 100 feet of shoreline) and no-wake zones for the protection of shorelines
  • Be mindful of wildlife in the water (young loon chicks, for example, cannot dive to escape a boat)
  • Watch for swimmers and slower boats at all times, especially in narrows and bays

Please visit Ontario Parks and Transport Canada for more information about safe boating practices, both human-powered and motorized.

Water Skiing & Recreational Towing 

(including barefoot skiing, tubing, knee boarding and parasailing) 

  • You must have a spotter on board the boat who can keep watch on each person you are towing and communicate with you
  • There must be an empty seat on your boat for each person you are towing in case they need to come on board
  • The person being towed must wear an approved flotation device (a ‘ski belt’ is not considered to be an approved flotation device).
  • You may only tow persons with a personal watercraft made to carry three or more people
  • You may not tow anyone when visibility is poor or from one hour after sunset to sunrise
  • No towing boat may be remotely controlled

Human Powered Water Craft

(including canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, paddle boats, row boats and shells, kiteboards and sail boards)

  • Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Make sure you can be seen on the water: choose bright colours for your vessel and PFD
  • Carry a buoyant tow rope (15 m long), flashlight, bailer and sound-signal device at all times

Viewing Fireworks

  • When watching and departing from the fireworks make sure your navigation lights are on (this includes canoes and kayaks)
  • Travel away from the location at safe speed, please do not race back to your cottage
  • Watch for un-powered watercraft such as canoes and kayaks who may also be attending the fireworks display

Drowning Prevention

Under Construction

Thanks to KLA member Rob Horsburgh for his photograph of Wallace Island used as the background photo throughout this site

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