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The following are links to resources for Pacific NW boating and cruising.

British Columbia Marine Parks:

B.C. Parks home page  (Parks Canada Gulf Islands.)

British list of Provincial Parks

Canadian National Parks

Canada Laws and Regulations:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Regulations and Legislation

Canadian Coast Guard

Transport Canada Office of Boating Safety

Transport Canada Marine Safety  Minimum Required Equipment for Boats in Canada

Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Fishing in British Columbia

Charts and Navigation:

Bellingham Chart Printers (nautical charts for U.S. and Canada).

Canadian Hydrographic Service

NOAA electronic charts

NOAA raster charts

U.S.  Office of Coast Survey:  Nautical Charts and Publications

USCG Dist. 13 Notices to Mariners

Canada Notices to Mariners

Yacht Charter Companies

Yacht Charter  (Guide to Washington charter companies

Customs and Immigration:

Map of CBSA offices, including telephone reporting, Nexus & Canpass

Canadian Customs and Immigration. 

Ports of entry for CANPASS holders.  

Ports of entry for NEXUS permit holders.

I-68 Canadian Border Landing Program.  

CBP Trusted Traveler Program  

NEXUS Program.  (Canada firearms information.)

CBP “User Fee” decals

MARINAS:  There are numerous directories for marinas.  Here are a few to start with.  

Port Focus:  Marinas in British Columbia

Port Focus:  Marinas in Washington State

British Columbia Marinas  British Columbia  Washington State

Pacific N.W. Weather Info.:

British Columbia Weather Page

NOAA National Weather Service home page

NOAA National Weather Service, Seattle

NOAA Pacific NW Coastal Forecast

NOAA Geostationary Satellite photos

NOAA Buoy Data

NOAA Ocean Prediction Center

WA. State DOT Ferry weather reports

Univ. of WA, Boater Information Portal

Sailflow Weather

Tides and Currents:

British Columbia Tides and Currents (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

NOAA Tides and Currents home page

    Washington State including areas in British Columbia  (to see B.C. scroll to top of NOAA page)


David Flater (xtide) tide calculation page

U.S. Regulations: (online Aids to Navigation)  (Vessel Safety Check)

U.S.C.G. Boating Safety Regulations

U.S.C.G. “AIS” overview

CBP “Know Before You Go”

Vessel Traffic System:

Sector Seattle Vessel Traffic Service.

Recreation Boaters VTS manual.

Washington State Marine Parks:

Washington State Marine Parks

San Juan Island Parks

North Puget Sound Parks

South Puget Sound Parks


Washington State Parks Moorage


State Dept. of Natural Resource

San Juan County Parks

San Juan Islands

Washington State Laws and Regulations:

Washington State Boating Information.

Washington Boating Regulations

Vessel Registration Statute

    Vessel Registration and Title Regulations

    Vessel Equipment and Operation Regulations

DOL Boat Registration

Numbering instructions


Boater Education Requirements


Recreational Vessel Statutes

“Responsibilities of Boat Owners” PDF brochure

Washington State Fishing Lic. & Regs.