It is important to realize that ALL regulations on any water body in Canada are federal regulations. The Province and your municipality cannot create regulations on boating in Muskoka or any other lakes.

In Ontario, Transport Canada has delegated enforcement to the OPP.

The following are useful links to the regulations and information about them.


Office of Boating Safety

Transport Canada: Safe Boating Guide


Private Buoy Regulations

Navigable Waters Protection Program:

Canadian Coast Guard: Aids to Navigation System

The Canadian Navigable Waters Act

Schedules with the restrictions for VORRs. This is where people can search for their waterbody to see if there are any restrictions already in place.

Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations


Other information about the regulations: