LdB Safe Boating Ambassadors

Volunteer to be a Safe Boating Ambassador

LdB Safe Boating Ambassadors: Who We Are

The LDB Safe Boating Ambassadors program is a community-driven initiative designed to increase boating safety and etiquette awareness in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba specific to the Lee River and Pinawa Channel. Working together, we will contribute to the education of safe waterway use by promoting:

1. Waterway safety, as governed by Transport Canada, and
2. General good boating etiquette for specific activities, focusing on those that occur on our waterways.

The LdB Safe Boating Ambassadors Team

The Safe Boating Ambassadors are members of the boating community, avid paddlers, stand-up paddleboarders, wake surfers, water skiers, and boaters. The members will act as Waterway Safety Leaders for the community of Lac du Bonnet, sharing and encouraging all waterway users to safely partake in all waterway activities.

LdB Safe Boating Ambassador Goals

Through discussion, feedback, and public input during the Community Engagement Process undertaken in 2020, it was deemed that alternative non-regulatory options need to be put in place to ensure that safety is always top of mind while using the waterways for any purpose.

To that end, the Safe Boating Ambassadors are working towards completing the non-regulatory goals as set out in the application. This will be a multi-year process that will begin in the summer of 2021 and will continue to develop over the next several years.

1. Create a Waterway Safety Campaign that includes a variety of informative touchpoints with the users to inform and educate all user groups on safe boating; safe waterway uses, best practices, and good waterway etiquette. This would include a variety of methods and mediums that include but are not limited to: a website, social media posts with a dedicated channel for boater safety, educational videos, newspaper and magazine advertising, brochures, or other materials that can be handed out to the public.

2. Engage the public at the Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet Boat Launches and through Cottage Owner Cooperatives to promote safety protocols on a one-on-one basis to ensure maximum visibility.

3. Partner with Lac du Bonnet’s Emergency Management Program, Tourism Committee, and Community Development Corporation to increase the reach of all safety measures for waterway safety.

4. Work with specific user groups to enhance safety protocols among their user and advocate for safe waterway use.

5. Install physical site-specific signage at high-risk areas, such as crossing points or waterway attractions that are known to lead to congestion.

6. Develop a user-enforced flagging system whereby boaters can alert other vessel operators of towers that have been dumped into the water. In addition, a user-enforced flagging system could be explored to alert other vessel operators that a towing activity is occurring so that other vessels will leave ample space.

7. Transition the Committee established to explore VORR changes into a Waterway Safety Steering Committee to support safety measures and education.

Protect Manitoba's Waters

The legislation applies to everyone who uses a water body across the province from the general public to commercial operators.

The regulations target the method in which AIS are moved from one water body to another, namely watercraft, aircraft, motorized vehicles, water-related equipment and bait use. Individuals/operators will be required to take specified measures prior to entering and leaving a water body to prevent the movement of AIS from one water body to another.

For more information on the regulations, cleaning requirements, and legislation please visit Legislation, Regulations and Set Fines on the Government of Manitoba website. You can also find information about AIS in the Manitoba Angler’s Guide.

About Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba

Lac du Bonnet is where the Manitoba Prairies give way to the vast boreal forest and the Canadian Shield, where miles of natural trails allow you to hear nature’s sounds and relax within her bounty. In Lac du Bonnet, miles of prime waterways stretch out before you, calling you toward your next adventure, and a rich history remains to be discovered among the ruins. Culture and arts flourish along the streets where neighbours gather for events and festivals, inviting you to discover the true passion behind our community.

Lac du Bonnet is more than a place on the map; it is the place that connects with your heart. The place where you will create a lifetime of memories and unleash the adventure to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones.

This year we invite you to explore Lac du Bonnet and discover that your heart is home here!

Get in Touch with My LdB

Do you have questions about your visit to Lac du Bonnet? Get in touch with our trip advisors and we’ll help you out. You can also give us a call at 1-204-213-0033

This season, let's all remember that waterway safety is in our hands. Let's all do our part, share this information with your friends!