Region: Manitoba – Boating License
Manitoba, one of Canada's Prairie Provinces, has earned its reputation as a non-coastal boater's paradise due to its more than 110,000 lakes and its diverse range of countless rivers and other water-based opportunities. Because of its flat topography, Manitoba boasts a continental climate, which is a great boon for boaters because it delivers near-perfect summertime conditions. Manitoba's biggest draws are its major lakes: Lake Manitoba, Lake Winnipegosis and especially Lake Winnipeg, which is legendary for being the tenth-largest freshwater lake in the world.
All of the Canadian Great Lakes, as well as many of Manitoba's other lakes, are tightly integrated into Canada's national park system, and that provides a great range of activities, boating and beyond. Lake Winnipeg, which is 271 miles long, offers sail boating, power boating, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and even swimming. The lake also has beaches, marinas, camping sites and recreation areas. Nearby, people have access to many other outdoor activities, which includes trails for biking and hiking, and rivers, both tranquil and whitewater experiences.
Three major rives, Red River, Saskatchewan River and Winnipeg River, feed into Lake Winnipeg. All three of these entry points are particularly popular boating areas as well as fishing areas that draw sport and casual fishers alike. The other Great Lakes have similar destinations as well, and these areas all boast recreation sites and marinas as well as a vast range of sailing and other boating clubs. All of these areas are also home to a great range of charter companies, which visitors can use to rent boats, long-term lease them, hire guided tours and receive instruction.