There are several ways to connect or stay connected to weather channels, VHF radio, the Coast Guard, and friends and family when on a kayaking, canoeing or SUP day trip or expedition.

Mobile Phone

Cell phones allow you to access information when they are in range. Call the Coast Guard for help using *16. Access your applications for weather and navigation. Check your carrier’s map for their coverage (not always guaranteed).

VHF Radio

A VHF radio connects to the Coast Guard, other boaters and the Coast Guard and provides a continuous weather broadcast. You can communicate within your group on and off the water. Be prepared and take a VHF course.


Satellite phones, communicators and locators can personally locate you within a 100 meters in an emergency situation and some will send text messages. Check out an outdoor or a marine store to find out more.

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VHF Channel information

Communication on a VHF requires a course and also allows one to register for your MMSI number. Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) is a unique 9 digit number that is assigned to a (Digital Selective Calling) DSC radio or an AIS unit.

Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Services broadcast channels are:

  • VHF Ch 11 (South of Ballenas – Merry Is., Straight of Georgia, Gulf Islands to Victoria)
  • VHF Ch 71 (North of Ballenas – Merry Is.)
  • VHF Ch 12 (Vancouver Harbour, English Bay, Howe Sound)
  • VHF Ch 74 (Fraser River)

Canadian Coast Guard Marine Safety Search & Rescue Communications channels are:

  • VHF Ch 16 (Calling & Distress) *16 (Cell phone)
  • VHF Ch 83A (Working Channel)

Continuous Marine Broadcast (CMB) 

Provides 24 hour up to date weather information and navigational hazards: 

  • VHF CHANNEL WX3 Mt. Helmcken (Victoria)  & Bowen Is.
  • VHF CHANNEL WX1 Texada Is.
  • VHF CHANNEL 21B Mount Parke (Mayne Is.)
  • 250-363-6880 Mt. Helmcken
  • 250-363-6492/604-666-3655 Bowen Island & Mount Parke
  • 250-339-0748 Mid-Island Area

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