Ontario’s Canadian Coast Guard Stations to Close for the Season

Canadian Coast Guard Cape Providence
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Commodore of Meaford Ontario

Ontario’s Seasonal Coast Guard Stations Wrapping Up Operations

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – The Canadian Coast Guard has announced the seasonal closure of its search and rescue stations located along the Great Lakes, Georgian Bay, and St. Lawrence River in Ontario. These stations, which play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of mariners during the warmer months, will be closing as follows:

  • Thunder Bay: November 27
  • Tobermory, Meaford, Goderich: December 4
  • Amherstburg, Port Dover, Port Weller, Cobourg, Kingston: December 11

These stations are set to resume operations in the spring of 2024.

Adapting to Winter Conditions: Search and Rescue Operations

The rescue boats operated by these stations are specifically designed for open-water conditions and are not suitable for use in ice-covered waters. During the winter months, the responsibility for search and rescue operations in these areas will be jointly managed by the Canadian and United States Coast Guards. This collaboration involves the use of icebreakers and other vessels equipped to navigate icy conditions. Additionally, aircraft from the Department of National Defence and the United States Coast Guard will be on standby to assist in search and rescue efforts as needed.

Emergency Contact Information

Despite the seasonal closures, marine emergencies can still be reported throughout the year. Mariners in need of assistance can reach out 24/7, 365 days a year. For emergencies within Canada, the toll-free number is 1-800-267-7270. Additionally, marine VHF radio – channel 16 remains a reliable means for reporting emergencies at sea.

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