The Absolute Ultimate Guide to Riding Your PWC in Ontario: Plus 14 Itineraries and More

The best spots, the best restaurants, the best rides—and more! Find out how to buy a trailer, what to pack, and the best day trips from the GTA.

The start of PWC riding season in Ontario is always a welcome treat after a long winter. It’s so exciting to get your PWC out of storage and start planning your summer adventures. Before you get the machine wet, there are a few things that need attention.

Are you a new owner? Where are you planning to ride? What riding gear do you need? Have you got a new trailer? And have you thought about a Marine Chartplotter? So much to do before you leave the launch ramp for a glorious day on the water. We've rounded up everything you need to know about PWC riding in Ontario—plus 14 itineraries and places to ride. Check it out below. 

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Riding your PWC in Ontario offers endless thrills and opportunities for adventures.

A PWC Guide for Beginners

Maybe you’re a first-time owner of a PWC. Congratulations and welcome to the world of riding. You’ve chosen a great sport to participate in. Find lots of good information here to ensure you’re having lots of fun on the water. 

And for those of us who’ve been riding for years, it’s time to look over our gear to ensure it’s all in working order before hitting the water. Ropes, dry bags, toolkits, first aid kits and anything else you carry should be in tip-top shape or be replaced. Remember to put fresh batteries in your flashlight and to check expiry dates on flares if you carry them. They need to be current as well

A PWC Guide to Choosing a Trailer

If you haven’t bought one yet, a trailer is a necessity to move your PWC around and get you to all the great waterways. If your trailer has been sitting for a long time, check the dates on the tires to ensure they haven’t aged out. Check each wheel hub for bearing wear or grease seal problems.

What to Pack When Heading Out On Your PWC

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What should you take on your PWC? There are basics listed in the Canada Safe Boating Guide, however, you’ll want to carry more than just the bare minimum for safety. This packing guide has lots of useful info on what gear will make your day fun on the water.

Where to Ride Your PWC in Ontario

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Riding Lake Superior near Thunder Bay with Sleeping Giant in the background. 

Ontario has so many wonderful lakes and rivers to ride it’s hard to choose. Check out all the best spots we’ve explored in our province:

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Rideau Lock PWC Ride for Dad Event // Photo credit: Craig Nicholson

While you’re out exploring any of these great locations make sure you take the time to stop and and listen to the sounds of nature. They are as incredible as the views from your seat.

A Guide To Using a Chartplotter With Your PWC

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Exploring means riding lakes and rivers that are unfamiliar to you. Marine Chartplotters have become more common on PWCs in recent years. You can find some options here for your machine. Chartplotters are regularly updated as technology improves. Purchase the most current one that your budget allows.

Early PWC Riding in Ontario

You’re champing at the bit to hit the water. Early spring riding means the launch ramps may be quiet and you’ll need appropriate gear for the weather and water. During the early season the weather can be mixed, so make sure you’re fully prepared. And don’t forget to let someone at home know when you expect to be back and where you will be riding.

Tips for Full-Day Rides 

Many of the PWC rides you do can be a full day on the water. Here are some good tips.

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A Safety Guide for PWC Riders

A full day on the water also means using your best PWC practices and our boating safety guide is a good refresher as is 5 mistakes PWC riders make. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll have a great day of fun on your ride. Knowing these things will help you set a good example for other riders on the water.

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Plan Your PWC Adventure in Ontario Today

There you have it. An early season refresher that will make this coming PWC riding season a fun one for you. Get on the water, be safe and make lots of great memories. Have a fun time! I know I will. See you on the water. 

About Marion Knaus

Marion Knaus is a Certified Fitness and Nutrition Coach and the owner of Granolala.ca who spends as much of her free time on the water as she can. Riding her Waverunner on any water body is her happy place. She is an admin with the Ontario PWC Riders Facebook group and gladly shares her PWC knowledge with anyone willing to lend an ear. 

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