VHF Marine Radio Channels

The VHF marine radio channels listed below are used by MCTS Centres in Central and Arctic Region for the uses described. Consult the table at the end of this section for a listing of the VHF channels available at each MCTS centre for use by commercial shipping or recreational boaters.

For a complete listing of VHF marine radio frequencies and their approved use, consult Industry Canada's information circular "RBR-2 - Technical Requirements for the Operation of Mobile Stations in the Maritime Service ".

VHF Marine Radio Channels

Channel
Transmitting
Freq. (MHz) Ship
Transmitting
Freq. (MHz)Coast
Nature of Service
11 156.550 156.550 Vessel Traffic Regulating - Sarnia sector 1
12 156.600 156.600 Vessel Traffic Regulating - Sarnia sector 2 and Thunder Bay Harbour Advisory
16 156.800 156.800 Distress, Safety and Calling
19 156.950 156.950 Canadian Coast Guard -
Lake Winnipeg
21B n/a-- 161.650 Continuous Marine Broadcast (English)
22A 157.100 157.100 Ship and Canadian Coast Guard liaison
23B n/a-- 161.750 Continuous Marine Broadcast (French)
24 157.200 161.800 Ship - shore working frequency
26 157.300 161.900 Ship - shore working frequency
27 157.350 161.950 Ship - shore working frequency
28B n/a-- 162.000 Continuous Marine Broadcast (French)
65 156.275 156.275 Search and Rescue and antipollution on the Great Lakes.
82A 157.125 157.125 Canadian Coast Guard use only.
83B n/a-- 161.775 Continuous Marine Broadcast (English)
85 157.275 161.875 Ship - shore working frequency

VHF Marine Radio Channels at MCTS Centres, Central and Arctic Region

The distress, safety and calling channel "16" is monitored on a continuous basis at all MCTS transmitter/receiver sites equipped with a VHF transceiver.

* The remotely controlled sites operated from Iqaluit vary in seasonla availability. Their activation and shut down is advertised by Notice to Shipping each season.
** The remotely controlled sites at at Gananoque, Cardinal and Cornwall are shut down from January 1 to March 14.
*** The remotely controlled sites at Fraserwood, Jackhead, and Longpoint are shut down from November 1 to May 14.
MCTS CentreTransmitter site
located at:
VHF Channels at Site:
Iqaluit * Cambridge Bay 16, 26
Iqaluit * Yellowknife 16, 85
Iqaluit * Enterprise
16, 26
Iqaluit * Parson's Lake 16, 26
Iqaluit * Iqaluit 16, 26
Iqaluit * Resolute 16, 26
Iqaluit * Churchill 16, 26
Thunder Bay Thunder Bay 16, 12, 85, 83B
Thunder Bay Horn 16, 24, 21B
Thunder Bay Bald Head 16, 27, 83B
Thunder Bay Sault Ste Marie 16, 11, 24, 21B
Thunder Bay Silver Water 16, 11, 27, 83B
Thunder Bay Tobermory 16, 24, 21B
Thunder Bay Pointe au Baril 16, 26, 21B
Thunder Bay Wiarton 16, 26
Thunder Bay Meaford 16, 85, 83B
Thunder Bay Beaver Creek *** 16, 26
Thunder Bay Fraserwood *** 16, 19
Thunder Bay Jackhead *** 16, 26
Thunder Bay Longpoint *** 16, 26
Sarnia Kincardine 16, 11, 27, 85, 83B
Sarnia Sarnia 16, 11, 24, 85, 21B
Sarnia Grande Pointe 16, 11, 12, 85
Sarnia Leamington 16, 12, 27, 85, 83B
Sarnia Rondeau 16, 12, 85
Sarnia Port Burwell 16, 12, 24, 85, 21B
Prescott Fonthill 16, 26, 27, 83B
Prescott Trafalgar 16, 24
Prescott Orillia 16, 26, 21B
Prescott Cobourg 16, 27, 85, 21B
Prescott Kingston 16, 24, 26, 23B, 83B
Prescott Gananoque ** 16, 85
Prescott Cardinal ** 16, 26, 27, 21B, 28B
Prescott Cornwall ** 16, 85, 23B, 83B

Medium (MF) and high (HF) radiotelephone and radiotelegraph frequencies are used to provide communications services for the Arctic and the Mackenzie River watershed. For more details, consult the listing for Iqaluit MCTS Centre in the current edition of Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN).