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Canada rules & North Channel

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:24 am
by nedmiller
We are planning a trip to the North Channel of Lake Huron in late July/early August.
I’m confused by a couple things and I need information from people who have been there.

First, there are conflicting resources on whether I can use my VHF radio if I don’t have a radio license. One source says that recreational boaters from the US do not need one. Other sources say everyone does.

Next, the literature says that Porta Potti‘s are illegal in Ontario. The Trailer Sailors group said I’m am older source that they have “not had problems” in the past. Does anyone know from experience whether I will be able to take my Porta Potti that does not have a pump out? I really don’t want to buy a new MSD unit since what we have works out really well for the places and length of time we normally travel.

Does anyone have other advice and cautions about this trip?

Re: Canada rules & North Channel

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:00 am
by Y.B.Normal
I've been up there twice with the trailer sailors group. We routinely communicated on our VHF radios during our morning/evening call-ins. While I bought a composting head before our first trip up there, I never heard of anyone in our group having a problem with Canadian officials over a port-a-potty without a pump-out hose.

Plan on taking a LOT of pics; the area is beautiful. Also, make sure you have a solid screening set up; the mosquitoes are HUGE, and WILL find any acess points.

Re: Canada rules & North Channel

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:51 pm
by Chinook
We passed through that area on our Great Loop trip in 2016. I'd heard about the toilet regs as well. We have a composting toilet and I was certain it would pass muster. No one ever checked or inspected, and I don't know if they ever do. It is my understanding that porta potties don't meet their requirements, though. As for radio, when I started out the rule was no license required for VHF use in the US for either US boats or visiting Canadian boats. However, US boats going to Canada were officially required to have a license in order to transmit. I got a license, cost about $100 and was good for 10 years. When it expired I said Phooey and didn't renew it. I go to Canada regularly, and have never heard of anyone making an issue of it. I use the radio as needed. I wouldn't worry a bit about the radio thing. I'd make some inquiries about the toilet thing though. You might contact the American Great Loop Cruisers Association, since they're really on top of such things.

Re: Canada rules & North Channel

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:59 pm
by ris
We log when and where we dump our composting toilet. Then if asked we have a record in our log book. If you do this it may help with the portapotty. Not sure it would help but it might.