Beautiful Boat Photography From Across Canada

From tall ships to scenic kayak trips, check out this gallery of spectacular boat photography snapped from a dock near you!

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Best boat photography across Canada - Boat reflection in British Columbia
Photo: Russ Hayes

These boat pictures will take your breath away

We challenged you to capture boat pictures from across the country, and you delivered! Russ Hayes of Sherbrooke, Quebec, submitted this striking shot of a yellow boat on water so calm and still, it’s practically a mirror image.

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Best boat photography across Canada - Dog on boat
Photo: Deb Sandau

Salty dog

Deb Sandau of Red Deer, Alberta, snapped this adorable pup enjoying a leisurely cruise. “Brynn getting used to riding in the boat on Battle Lake,” writes Deb. We have a feeling that Brynn loves it—check out that smile!

Don’t miss this gallery of adorable pets from across Canada.

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Boat pictures - Sternwheeler in Yukon
Photo: Fred Allin

A Yukon legend

The S.S. Klondike was the largest sternwheeler on the Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City during the first half of the twentieth century. Thanks to Fred Allin of Etobicoke, Ontario, for sharing this shot that captures the ship’s impressive scale.

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Best boat photography across Canada - Canoes on a beach
Photo: Paul Barber

Misty morning

This picturesque scene of a canoe on the beach was captured by Paul Barber of Brantford, Ontario. The canoe’s bright yellow hull provides a vivid contrast to the grey, fog-enshrouded lake.

Read the incredible story of how one man travelled from Lake Superior to Manitoba by canoe.

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Boat pictures - Boats in fog in Cape Breton
Photo: John Webb

Dories in a row

John Webb of Kamloops, B.C., took this photograph a few years ago while on vacation in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Can you spot the sea bird in action?

Here are more pictures of Nova Scotia that will have you packing your bags for the east coast.

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Best boat photography across Canada - boat in Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia
Photo: George Vanderberg

Mirror lake

The surface of this natural harbour in Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia, is so calm, it’s like glass! George Vanderberg snapped this gorgeous shot of the boats “tucked safely away for the night.”

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Boat pictures - Boat with Canadian flag
Photo: Eric Tollstam

Maple leaf forever

There are few Canadian destinations better for boat pictures than Halifax Harbour! That’s where Montreal’s Eric Tollstam captured this patriotic shot of a Canadian flag blowing in the wind on the back of a fishing boat.

Discover 10 great day trips from Halifax.

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Boat pictures - Cruise ship in Alaska
Photo: Paula Brown

Pacific coast cruise

Take a moment to appreciate this amazing scenery! Paula Brown from Ottawa snapped this photo while en route to Alaska.

You’ll find more of Paula’s photography in this gallery of spectacular rainbow pictures.

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Boat pictures - Yellow boat
Photo: Kevin Wheeler

Truly “see”-worthy

When Kevin Wheeler of Nanaimo, B.C., spotted this pretty yellow boat in Genoa Bay, he knew he had to snap a photo.

Explore B.C.’s best hidden gems.

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Boat pictures - line of boats in Spirit Park
Photo: Brenda Newman

In good spirits

The memory of these splendid skies at Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park in Saskatchewan was well worth preserving. Luckily, Brenda Newman of Manitowaning, Ontario, was there to capture the fleeting moment on camera.

Here are more stunning sunset pictures that’ll take your breath away.

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Boat pictures - Sailing in Haida Gwaii
Photo: Bruce Raby

Rock the boat

“I was on a boat-based adventure sailing around Haida Gwaii,” writes Bruce Raby of Perth, Ontario. “In this image, we had sails up with a pretty good wind as you can tell from the horizon line. I was standing at the stern of the boat for this shot.” Thanks for sharing this incredible action shot, Bruce!

See more of Bruce’s work in this gallery showcasing Canada’s best backyard photography.

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Best boat photography across Canada - Green kayak in Grundy Lake Provincial Park
Photo: Cathy Ramsden

Canoe point-of-view

Cathy Ramsden from Blenheim, Ontario, took this postcard-perfect photo while canoeing in Grundy Lake Provincial Park. We wish we were there, too!

Here’s what it’s like taking a canoe trip through the Canadian Arctic.

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Boat pictures - Ship in Welland canal
Photo: Cindy Herbert

Canal views

What a cool capture! Cindy Herbert of Welland, Ontario, snapped this photo of a ship going through the locks on the Welland Canal. Did you know that around 3,000 ships pass through every year?

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Boat pictures - Maid of the mist in Niagara Falls
Photo: Dan Wever

Over the rainbow

Dan Wever of Grande Prairie, Alberta, sent in this spectacular shot of the iconic Maid of the Mist fighting the strong current at the base of the Horseshoe Falls. What a great vantage point!

Marvel at the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in Canada.

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Boat pictures - boat in Maligne Lake
Photo: Margaret Newton

Rocky Mountain mood

This dreamy shot of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park was taken by Margaret Newton from Port Coquitlam, B.C. It looks like a scene straight out of a movie.

Discover the best things to do in Jasper.

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Boat pictures - The MV Shirley
Photo: Alexandra Fontaine

Ghost ship

“The M.V. Shirley, now worthy of her retirement, sits at the base of Stave Falls. Once, she was used to clear wood and debris,” writes Alexandra Fontaine of Mission, B.C.

Take a peek at the haunting B.C. ghost town of Bradian.

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Boat pictures - Orange kayaks on lake
Photo: Emilie Stein

Side by side

Emilie Stein of Sherwood Park, Alberta, captured this relaxing moment at Lac Ste. Anne. Looks like a lovely day for a paddle!

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Boat pictures - canoes on Ottawa River
Photo: Alan Cheng

Capital idea

Scarborough, Ontario’s Alan Cheng snapped this scenic shot of canoes going down the Ottawa River with Parliament Hill in the background.

Here’s the real reason Ottawa was chosen as our nation’s capital.

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Best boat photography across Canada - Wooden boat remains in Prince Edward Island
Photo: Brian Lambert

Skeletons in the sand

Check out the remains of this old wooden ship on the shore in Prince Edward Island. “[It’s] estimated to be from the 1800s because of the tree nails used for construction,” writes Brian Lambert of Mermaid, P.E.I.

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Best boat photography across Canada - Sailboat seen from backyard
Photo: Rosa Cross

A backyard sail-by

Rosa Cross of Tancook Island, Nova Scotia, took this photo of the Bluenose II sailing past her backyard. What an impressive sight!

Brush up on the incredible story of the Bluenose, one of Lunenburg’s biggest attractions.

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Best boat photography across Canada - Sailing at sunset
Photo: Vanessa Vermaas

Sunset sailing

“As the city slumbers, we sail,” writes Vanessa Vermaas of this golden hour photo taken in Vancouver. Seems like a breathtaking way to start—or end!—the day.

Find out the best places to watch the sunset across Canada.

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Best boat photography across Canada - Boat out at sunset
Photo: Vivian Wever

One more catch

“One more catch before the sun goes down,” writes Vivian Wever of Grande Prairie, Alberta. This magnificent sunset shot was captured on Lesser Slave Lake.

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Best boat photography across Canada - Tall ships sailing
Photo: Jerry Whitaker

Boat pictures don’t get more majestic than this!

Jerry Whitaker of Fonthill, Ontario, took this striking photo at the Tall Ships Festival in Nova Scotia. If it weren’t for the colour exposure, this could easily pass for an archival shot. Incredible!

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Best boat photography across Canada - Theodore Tugboat in Nova Scotia
Photo: Lina Tasca

A friendly face

Welcome aboard the Theodore Too! Mississauga, Ontario’s Lina Tasca got a glimpse of this grinning tugboat, based on the classic Canadian children’s television series, Theodore Tugboat.

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Boat Pictures - Fishing Boat At Sunset
Photo: Kim Ross

Sailor’s delight

“The beautiful fishing vessel Carmista III in harbour for the night during the commercial herring season,” writes photographer Kim Ross of New Minas, Nova Scotia. “I was strolling around this quaint fishing village [Three Fathom Harbour, Nova Scotia] taking shots just before dark and I thought this shot was so pretty with the sunset providing a softly coloured background.”

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