Water safety

Georgian Bay Islands National Park

The park islands are accessible by boat only.

Nautical charts and maps of the area are recommended.Before venturing out onto Georgian Bay visitors and boaters should know the weather forecast and familiarize themselves with the navigational channels, islands, and hazards such as shoals.

Weather conditions on Georgian Bay can change rapidly. Visitors are encouraged to be aware of changing water conditions, such as wind direction, and the possibility of large waves on open water.

Water Safety

When planning your visit, please take the time to ensure that you are properly prepared and outfitted to safely explore, experience, and enjoy Georgian Bay Islands National Park.

Visit these sites for information: 

Adventure Smart – Water Safety

Adventure Smart – Paddlesmart

Transport Canada – Safe Boating Guide


There are no lifeguards on duty at any of the park's beaches. Never swim alone and expect changing wind and wave conditions on Georgian Bay. The bay can become rough very rapidly.


The weather on Georgian Bay can be variable and unpredictable. Adverse condition such as storms, high winds, or rain may be encountered at any time.

Boaters are encouraged to monitor Marine and Weather Forecasts.

Environment Canada weather forecast
Environment Canada marine forecast for Georgian Bay

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