Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
BOATsmart! Canada's Official Boating License

Get Your Northwest Territories boating license

The Official Online Transport Canada Boating Course, Test and License.

The Official Online Transport Canada Boating Course, Test and License.

Save 40%
$29.95 per boater

Save 30%
$34.95 per boater

Save 20%
$39.95 per boater

Standard Fee
$49.95 per boater

Transport Canada Approved Boating License
Canada's Official Boating License
Boating License Course Boat license canada

“It’s all about freedom. no roads, no lines, no boundaries to guide my adventures.”

Calvin T. – Lake of the Woods, Ontario


BOATsmart! has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 6420 ratings and reviews.

in 1, 2, 3

BOATsmart! is the easiest and fastest way to get your Northwest Territories Boating License.
We include everything you need.
Crash test boater as a conductor
1. Take the course
Study up with the Official Boating Safety Course. Animated and narrated lessons put you in the captain’s seat. Anywhere, on any device and perfect for all ages.
123-tc (1)
2. Ace the test
It’s easy. Our Transport Canada multiple-choice test is open book with unlimited free retries. Basically, you’re guaranteed to pass and it’s good for life!
Pleasure Craft Operator Card
3. You’re the captain now
Print your temporary Northwest Territories Boating License immediately and we’ll see you on the water. Your permanent card will arrive by mail – but that’s not important, you’ll be out on the boat!
Path above who needs it
Graphic of four individuals representing a family

Who needs it?

Listen up! In the Northwest Territories, all operators of motorized boats are required to obtain and carry a Pleasure Craft Operators Card regardless of age, length of boat or engine horsepower. There’s a $250 fine for boating without it.
who needs an ontario boating license
Path above approved
BOATsmart! courseware showing on different device screens
graphic of two hands representing a high five

& awesome

We've been making smart boaters for more than 15 years. BOATsmart! is Canada's largest Transport Canada Accredited Course Provider. Your BOATsmart! Card is also accepted in more than 40 U.S. states. We’ve got you covered!

Logos for Transport Canada, Canadian Safe Boating Council, NASBLA, US Coast Guard
Path above who needs it
Graphic of a motorboat

676,168 Smart
Boaters & growing

Made for boaters, by boaters. The BOATsmart! Course is the fastest, easiest way to get your Official Canadian Boating License. Study at your own pace and we'll automatically track your progress. We include 24/7 access, live customer support and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Plus, exclusive partner discounts.

Origami paper boat

Other courses

cartoon with motorboat with people having fun

Official BOATsmart! Course

Path 10
Path 10
Path 12
Page 1 Copy

Go Boldly

Canadian Boating Knowledge Base


Join the Collective

It’s not what we put out there that matters, it’s what people do with it. Success should be measured by adventures taken. Working together to achieve this while protecting our playgrounds the mission.


Boating in Northwest Territories

Trusted and recognized from coast to coast

Located in Canada’s far North, the Northwest Territories lies above British Columbia and Alberta and extends up into the Arctic Circle. If you’re looking for unparalleled outdoor adventure, this is the place for you.

How to get a boat license in Northwest Territories

Do I need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?
It is not mandatory to carry proof of competency when operating a motorized boat in Northwest Territories. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is only required by law in Canadian provinces, however taking the BOATsmart! safe boating course is a great way to ensure you’ve got the knowledge you need to boat safely. Obtaining your Pleasure Craft Operator Card also ensures you’ve met the legal boat license requirements when travelling to Canadian provinces to go boating.
Do I need a Pleasure Craft License?
A Pleasure Craft License or ‘boat license’ is a document and a set of I.D. numbers. The document must be on board your boat at all times and the numbers must be displayed on the bow of your boat at all times.

All motorized boats and PWCs in NWT powered by 10 horsepower or more are required to have a Pleasure Craft License. The number must be displayed on both sides of the bow, above the waterline, as far forward as possible, in block letters at least 7.5cm high that contrast with the colour of the boat.

You can obtain a 10 year license for free from Service Canada. You must renew the license after the 10 year period has expired.

How to get a pleasure craft license
You can obtain a 10 year license for free one of the following two ways:

Option 1: Apply for a free Pleasure Craft License online.
Option 2: Download a paper application form and mail the completed form to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre at the following address:

Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre
P.O. Box 2006
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5G4

Go Boating in Northwest Territories

Located in Canada’s far North, the Northwest Territories lies above British Columbia and Alberta and extends up into the Arctic Circle. If you’re looking for unparalleled outdoor adventure, this is the place for you. Head to Great Bear Lake, Canada’s largest lake, or Mackenzie River, the longest river in Canada. If you’re looking for a place to cast a line, the Northwest Territories offers the very best of northern fish species.

The Pleasure Craft Operator Card isn’t required by boat operators in Northwest Territories, but obtaining your Operator Card will help keep you safe and make you more confident on the water. If you’ll be boating on waterways in Northwest Territories, the BOATsmart! course includes important information about cold water safety and survival.

Graphic of tent with trees around it

Get Certified and Save!

We’ve teamed up with the best outdoor, adventure and travel brands to help you get the most out of your outdoor pursuits. Your BOATsmart!, HUNTINGsmart! or ATVsmart! course fee includes free membership to Campfire Collective and instant access to exclusive partner discounts.

logos of campfire collective partners, nissan, patagonia, mustang survival, yeti, cabelas, rapala, coleman, holiday inn

Campfire helps people have awesome outdoor adventures.

Campfire was founded with the belief that we’re at our best when we go to our wild. Collective membership is free. Join now to get exclusive discounts from leading outdoor brands, access high quality online courses and inspire others. Your wild awaits, go boldly.

1% for the planet logo

In partnership with 1% For The Planet, Campfire pledges a percentage of our annual revenue directly to nonprofits that sustain and protect the wild.




Go boldly, tell your story. Campfire is building a collective of ambassadors who share a passion for the wild. If you’re an influencer, publisher or sport expert drop us a line. Let’s hook up and inspire others.




Stay in the loop. Sign up for our newsletter
to get the latest stories from around the fire.