Terchnically you need a license to use the radio in Canada. Last time i got one in the US it was five bucks I think. Contavt the FCC and ask them what you need to do. As for vessel ID just tell whoever that you are a kayak and give them your home port. You will have no problems. Let us know what you find out re license. It is no longer required in US, but is in Canada, yet a US citizen can't get a Canadian License, so we must still issue licenses to those who travel. Let us know eh?