Marine MammalsWatching whales and other marine mammals in their natural surroundings is exciting. It gives us an opportunity to better appreciate these beautiful animals, but if we aren’t cautious, we risk disturbing and even harming marine wildlife (or ourselves).

CPS-ECP 2022 AGM & ConferenceIt doesn’t seem too long ago, that we started to plan for our first in-person Conference in over 2 years, but time seems to move sometimes more quickly than we would like.

Online SeminarFor the safety of oneself, the boat’s crew and the boat itself, the boater had best be prepared to take tides and currents into consideration when planning a voyage of any length in tidal waters.

Flare CollectionDisposing of expired flares has been an ongoing dilemma for boaters across the country. To help boaters dispose of expired flares in a safe and environmentally responsible manner CPS-ECP and selected CIL Dealers are hosting Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days.

Trent-Severn WaterwayParks Canada is currently seeking feedback on a new Draft Management Plan for the Trent-Severn Waterway and Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Sites. Your input is important for a shared vision of the next 10 years.

Filming HelpWe need your help to assist us in obtaining stock video footage and photos this summer. Valentin Bacalu, our Audio Video Specialist, is willing to come to your dock, marina or yacht club to gather much needed content.

AquaMapAqua Map now includes weather in their app. That sounds so mundane that it may produce an immediate yawn. There are so many dedicated weather apps out there already, what could they possibly offer that’s not already available?

AGMWhile you are staying at the Sheraton Hotel you will be connected to an indoor pedestrian mall called The Path which covers over 30kms of walkway and is spread over 27 tunnels. Loaded with fantastic eateries, restaurants, shops and services, Toronto’s underground city is the world’s largest underground shopping complex.

New NavigatorThe question often comes up, why do we still teach the use of paper navigation charts when the obvious choice for most boaters is electronic chartplotters or a simple handheld GPS?

CPS Needs YouI just read the message from our Chief Commander, Peter Bolton, which will be published in the next The Port Hole and Le Hublot. It expresses some of my thoughts.

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