Nov 15

The Criminal Code makes it a criminal offence to drive any motor vehicle which includes a boat, airplane, motorcycle, electric bike, scooter, etc. This means that you should not operate or have care and control of any motorized vehicle, including a boat, if you have had too much to drink. By doing so, you run the risk of being criminally charged and being subject to a 90-day suspension of your license.

Can I be Charged with Driving a Canoe Impaired?

Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal addressed a case where an accused person was charged with driving a canoe while impaired. The Court of Appeal upheld his conviction. The Court found that a canoe was considered a vessel and since the word vessel in the Criminal Code did not specify a motorized vessel, a canoe fell into the ambit of the impaired driving sections of the Criminal Code.

This means that if you have consumed alcohol, you should not operate a canoe. Unlike other forms of transportation, all parties in the canoe could be considered to be in care of control since more than one person typically paddles a canoe.

If you are charged with impaired driving a canoe, you face the same criminal consequences which include a license suspension, a fine, and the possibility of jail.

How do I Beat my DUI Charge?

Lockyer Zaduk Zeeh are experienced Newmarket DUI lawyers. We have represented individuals charged with impaired while driving motorized bikes, e-bikes, and boats. We understand how to properly defend our clients in this complex area of law. If you are charged with a criminal offence, please contact LZZ at 416-613-0416 or at to schedule a consultation to learn your rights, the criminal process, and how to properly defend yourself.