Boating has been getting some bad press lately with some serious boating accidents and fatalities due to alcohol
Under the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario, it is an offence to consume alcohol in a moving boat (this includes canoes and sailboats) unless a licence or permit, designating the boat a “private place,” allows you to do so. Below are the requirements to meet a "private place"
Number one, it has to be anchored; Number two, it has to have a fixed, permanent kitchen, galley-style, as in a cooking facility. The galley has to be fixed and approved. Number three. It has to have a fixed head or toilet – not a port-a-potty – but one that has to have the capacity to pump water out of the boat. The boat has to be stationary to be a ‘private place’.
Once the boat is under way, the same rules apply as they do to driving a car.