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Question re Regulations on Free Anchorage in a Harbour in Ont. Can.?

Is there anyone out there who can help me confirm a rumour I have been told. I was told that if nautical charts show an anchorage area in a harbour in Ontario,Canada, that you can anchor a boat there for free up to 30 days, then if you wanted to continue to do it, legally you would need to relocate the boat to a different anchor in the same vicinity. In Parry Sound Harbour on Georgian Bay of Lake Huron there used to be an anchorage area shown on old charts. Supposedly it is not shown now, however it may still exist and I might need to do some digging to confirm it with what ever authorities. I understand that there may be some confusion between federal, provincial, and municipal governments on who has jurisdiction over this as well. I notice this type of free mooring is prevalent in Port Sydney near Huntsville, and near Orillia on Lake Simcoe. Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.
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Re: Question re Regulations on Free Anchorage in a Harbour in Ont. Can.?

Not at all. Just because theres a purple anchor on a chart it doesnt mean didly-squat. It may be a free anchorage, or not. The Harbour Master in most countires can pop out a regulation, or change them in about 2 seconds flat....
As for that particular area of Canada I dont know, maybe someone else does
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Re: Question re Regulations on Free Anchorage in a Harbour in Ont. Can.?

I'm not aware of any time-limit laws for general anchoring. Obviously you have to be anchored in a reasonable location, out of the way of any traffic. But unless the anchorage is somehow under the jurisdiction of a municipality, or perhaps part of a National or Provincial Park, I've never heard of any time limit to how long you can anchor here in Canada.
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Not sure about Ontario, but in BC I'm not aware of any "fee to anchor" scenarios outside of Vancouver's False Creek where you need a time limited permit (free, IIRC)... Most waters are under federal purview...
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