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If you're with the boat when it reports to Canada Customs you don't need a broker. Customs agents are required to assist you in filling out the form. As I recall the only tough blank was "tonnage", and the fellow said to put in "less than 12", or something.
You pay GST to Canada Customs. You have the option of paying PST right there, but as you're from Alberta, there's nothing to pay. Canada Customs sends their import records to the provincial treasury people who then pursue the PST with the owner.
If you keep the boat in BC, however, BC may decide it's one of theirs and want their cut. I know Ontario has people walk the docks regularly to check taxes have been paid.