Boating Atlantic 2018

Bring Your Boat

Bringing your boat to Canada

Please note: 

The Canadian Border Services Agency has discontinued the CANPASS Air and CANPASS Private Boats programs. 

As of April 3, 2018, the CBSA will cease accepting new member or renewal applications, but current members will retain privileges until their membership expires. The CBSA will continue to promote the NEXUS program, which offers expedited air and marine passage, amongst many other benefits.

Bringing your boat to cruise in Canada

Recreational boaters must present themselves to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) each time they arrive in Canada. When entering Canada by water, you must contact the CBSA by calling the Telephone reporting centre (TRC) at 1-888-226-7277 after arriving at a designated marine site.  If towing your vessel into Canada by trailer, you will report to the CBSA at a land Port of Entry. The NEXUS telephone reporting line is: 1-866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987)

The NEXUS program streamlines the border clearance process for pre-approved, low-risk travellers into Canada and the United States.Visit for information about the NEXUS program.

To help ensure minimal wait times for private boat owners/operators reporting their entry into Canada using the CBSA Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC), we recommend that you pre-register your personal and travel document information in advance. You must provide the following information for each individual on the boat:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Travel document number, type and expiry date

You can e-mail your information to TRC_PreRegistration_InscriptionPré The CBSA will enter your information into our system within 24 hours of receipt. You must still use the regular reporting methods to report your entry.

Whether you chose to pre-register or not, be sure to always have your travel documents on hand when you call the TRC to report entry into Canada. This will assist the CBSA in facilitating your entry into Canada as quickly as possible.