Public Boat Launches

Looking for a place to launch your boat? Start here for your local boating information.

You’ll find public boat launches at the following locations within the City of Penticton:

  • Skaha Marina, 3895 Lakeside Road, Skaha Lake: Moorage and public boat launch. Parking for truck and trailers is available for a daily fee. Email:
  • Okanagan Marina, 293 Marina Way, Okanagan Lake: Operated by the Penticton Yacht Club, the facility has 450 berths for boats ranging from 16 to 65-foot. Visit their website for details about the boat launch and floating fuel dock (seasonal).

Boat licences

The Government of Canada requires every person who operates a motorized boat in Canada to obtain proof of competency. You can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing a Transport Canada accredited boating safety test. Getting your Operator Card proves that you are a competent boater and ensures that you understand Canada's navigation rules and how to boat safely.

Boaters can obtain their official Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boat license or boat card, by successfully passing the BOATsmart! exam.