There are several ways to stay connected to weather channels, the Coast Guard, and friends and family.

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.

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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