Marine assistance for sail boats and power boats on the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.


Canada's Towboat® is proud to be a leader in Ontario's Marine Assistance industry. Our dedicated fleet of Transport Canada compliant, commercial response vessels are standing at the ready to get on scene where your boat has broken down and bring you back home safely. Whether it is to tow your boat home, provide a simple battery boost or just a few litres of fuel, you can count on us to be there when you need us most 24 hours per day, seven days a week throughout your boating season.

Marine Salvage is what we do. If your boat has been damaged in a storm, maybe sunk at the dock or capsized in open water, let the professionals at Canada's Towboat® take care of the recovery for you. Our team  is properly equipped and skilled to attend to the task at hand with a full array of commercial grade lift bags, Oil containment booms and recovery materials, Honda de-watering pumps and generators. All combined with the best available crew to recover your prized possession. Our Environment is greatly effected by us as boaters and so it is especially important that when disaster strikes the recovery experts are prepared to contain any contaminates that my be released from your vessel. Canada's Towboat® always maintains adequate oil recovery equipment in stock to attend and contain most recreational and small scale commercial size spills.

Boat being towed in the Detroit River.
Radio tower locations for canada towboat.

When timing is critical, the best form of communication any boater can have is a VHF marine radio. With today's advancements in technology, many boaters think simply having a cellular telephone on board is good enough. We urge you to consider this...


When you make a call to  a 911 operator via your cellular telephone, the call goes to a single dispatcher (usually based out of the area) who is more accustomed to responding to land based emergencies. This individual will run through the motions to assess your emergency, confirm whether you need police, fire or ambulance, then try to confirm your location. All while wasting valuable time before realizing that the best organization for your emergency is likely the Coast Guard. When it comes to marine emergencies like a sinking boat, every second counts in saving your life and your cellular telephone is not the best tool for the job.


Now, a MAYDAY call broad-casted over channel 16 of your VHF marine radio will be instantly heard by not only the Coast Guard but every vessel of opportunity in the surrounding area of your distress, giving you far greater odds of receiving assistance in a hurry. Every boater should have on board, or carry a VHF marine radio.


Canada's Towboat operates two full time radio shore stations authorized and licensed by Industry Canada within the Essex County region to aid in assuring your call for assistance is picked up on time, every time.

Marine Assistance Plan


Join today for as little as $35 cad Back by popular demand, our towing membership plan has returned with improved coverage options. M.A.P.™ Basics members will enjoy priority service from Canada's Towboat anywhere on the Detroit River as well as in the Canadian waters of Lake St. Clair and the lower Western bowl of Lake Erie. The Basics also covers you with a 50% reduction in the posted rates for any of the non emergency services you may require in these service areas. Want some towing included? Option for the new Slide-By Towing™ add-on when you enroll and be covered for up to 5 hours of marine assistance anywhere on the Detroit River and throughout the Canadian waters of the entire Great Lakes from any qualified Ontario registered commercial marine assistance towing company. Get the full details here...
Free Marine Asstance Plan for Ontario providing boat towing to recreational boaters.

Year after year more Ontario boaters are discovering the value of our Marine Assistance services. With dedicated service vessels docked in various locations around the areas you really boat in, you can rest easy knowing that we are only a simple call away with our professional crew ready to arrive on scene quickly to get you safely on your way. We focus our service on the waters of the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the Western Basin of Lake Erie, but offer  salvage services as far as Sarnia on the St. Clair river and Long Point on Lake Erie for recoveries on request.


Canada's Towboat remains 100% Canadian and always will,continuing to provide a variety of marine assistance services throughout Lake St.  Clair, The Detroit River and the Western Basin of Lake Erie to recreational boaters under the registered trademark of CANADA'S Towboat. These services include:


                                             MARINE TOWING                       BATTERY BOOSTING                          FUEL DELIVERY SERVICES

                                             MARINE SALVAGE                     UN-GROUNDING SERVICE                 NAVIGATIONAL ASSISTANCE

                                             DOCKSIDE RE-FLOATING         VESSEL PILOTED RELOCATING       AND MORE!


Boaters registered in the new M.A.P. (Marine Assistance Plan) enjoy priority service for Return to Port Towing, Battery Boosting and Fuel Delivery Services in open water. Simply call us toll free at 1-800-288-4650 or hail "CANADA'S Towboat" on channel 16 of your VHF marine radio.


Rest easy when you leave the dock knowing that we're coming with you!



Canada Towboat out on patrol to help boaters in need of boat towing or emergency assistance.

We are where we say we are. For the last eleven years we have been there for  boaters enjoying the waters surrounding the Windsor and Essex-Kent region. With our head office in Windsor Ontario, we can ensure that our operations run smoothly, day in and day out. Feel free to stop in to our office and say hi. We have plenty of bling that we love to give to our visitors!

CANADA'S Marine Assistance Provider


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