Fishing Safety

COVID-19 response: temporary closures

The Government of Alberta has temporarily closed front counters at all Fish and Wildlife offices across the province.

  • You can contact Fish and Wildlife offices using the phone numbers listed on the Fish and Wildlife - Contacts page.
  • For recreational sportfishing or hunting information, please visit AlbertaRELM or call the AlbertaRELM Help Desk at 1-888-944-5494.
  • Vehicle access is now permitted at parking lots and staging areas in provincial parks and public land. Facilities like playgrounds and washrooms remain temporarily closed. For more information, visit the Alberta Parks advisories page.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

According to Transport Canada, approximately 150 people die each year as a result of boating-related accidents. What’s especially tragic is that most of these accidents are preventable. We encourage you to learn everything you can about boating safety. Read the tips below and then explore further.

Boating Safety

Boating Safety Tips from Transport Canada

  • Always wear a lifejacket or PFD (Personal Floatation Device)
  • Check the forecast for weather and water conditions
  • Don’t drink alcohol while boating
  • Inspect all your equipment before departure
  • Leave a trip/rescue plan with a responsible person
  • Take an accredited Canadian boating course

One of the best things you can do to keep yourself and the people with you safe when boating is to take a boating safety course. Find out where you can take a boating safety course:

Take some time to review your boating safety before your next fishing trip:

Sail over to the Transport Canada website for more information on boating safety:


Updated: Mar 10, 2017