Canadian Power and Sail Squadron 75th Year Splash

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron 75th anniversary

As the weather warms up, more and more of us spend time on and near the water in the Tri-Cities. We are fortunate to have so many waterways available to us for recreation and relaxation including rivers, lakes and the ocean. Of course, if we go out on the water, safety is extremely important. Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons/Les Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance (CPS-ECP) across Canada boasts over 26,000 members, and is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world. It provides training to thousands of boaters every year. In fact, the CPS-ECP has trained over 850,000 boaters in its 75 year history in Canada, and is celebrating this achievement and its history this year.

Fireworks celebrating 75 years of CPS-ECP History

Fireworks celebrating 75 years of CPS-ECP History

Learn About Safe Boating

The CPS-ECP has 155 squadrons coast to coast. Two of them are here in the Tri-Cities: the Port Moody Power and Sail Squadron and Coquitlam Power and Sail Squadron. Both groups are active locally providing training in boating safety and stewardship of our local waterways. CPS-ECP squadrons work to increase awareness and safe boating by providing education in the form of ongoing courses, as well as fostering relationships with other local organizations such as law enforcement and municipal authorities around navigational hazards and boating issues. As well as offering training to the general public, squadrons often work with groups such as the Boy Scouts, Sea Cadets and law enforcement agencies to provide direct training for their members.

75 Years of CPS-ECP

75 Years of CPS-ECP

Celebrating 75 Years

To celebrate the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron’s 75 year milestone the CPS-ECP is undertaking a cross-Canada Flag Relay that involves ‘dipping ceremonies’ in many of Canada’s major waterways to symbolize the reach of the CPS-ECP from coast to coast (to coast). Starting May 5, 2013 in Windsor, Ontario, the birthplace of the CPS-ECP in Canada, three flags will make their way east and west across Canada. Dipping ceremonies will be held October 11, 2013 in Sooke, BC at the Pacific Ocean and then reach St John’s, Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean on October 12, 2013. The celebrations will culminate at the CPS-ECP National Conference in Toronto in October 2013.

If you are interested in tracking the 75th Anniversary Flag Relay visit the CPS-ECP website at to keep up to date on awards and events. You’ll also find information on the history of the CPS-ECP, and links to local chapters and the available training courses and events for the Tri-Cities.

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron/Les Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance

National Headquarters
26 Goldon Gate Court, Toronto

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  1. While journey by boat in river,lake or sea safety is utter important for every people. Without knowing the safety thing many boaters lost their lives while riding the boat. By the way CPS-ECP is the renowned organization which taking the responsibility for training the boater over 75 years. All the best of the CPS-ECP for their novel activities.