Serving Oakville Boaters Since 1954


Out of service unTil 2024 season


  • Trenton Joint Rescue Coordination Centre at 800-267-7270 
  • Prescott Coast Guard Radio Marine Radio Channel 16 or *16 on a Cellular Phone
  • TOWARF monitors Marine Radio Channels 16 and 68 during patrol hours
  • On call 24/7 to the Rescue Centre and Halton Regional Police Service
Town of Oakville Water Air Rescue Force (TOWARF) is a Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit and provides marine search and rescue service with the primary goal of saving lives at risk on Western Lake Ontario.  Started in 1954 by Oakville then Police Chief Fred Oliver in partnership with the local boating community, TOWARF has been patrolling the waters off Oakville ever since. With more than 50 trained volunteers, TOWARF is on duty 32 hours a week and on call 24/7 to the Rescue Centre and Halton Regional Police Service during the boating season.

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We need your support to help us meet our commitment to saving lives on the water.


We are always interested in talking to possible SAR volunteers. Experience helpful but not essential


Our Oakville Harbour webcam is the most popular page on the website


Learn about the devastating event in 1954 that prompted Fred Oliver to found TOWARF

Search and Rescue

Marine Search and Rescue is a joint effort. Learn about our SAR partnership.

Marine Weather

Get the latest from Environment Canada and our UNOFFICIAL Oakville Harbour weather station