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What do I need to go fishing?

So you want to go fishing? With modern technology and the internet, sometimes finding the information you need that can be considered reliable and trustworthy can be difficult. This is why Silvercore is here to guide you through what you need to go fishing.

First, decide what type of fishing you want to do. By that we mean, would you like to fish for freshwater fish, also known as non-tidal, or would you like to fish for saltwater fish, also known as tidal. The regulations for these types of fishing are different. Non-tidal fishing is provincially regulated, whereas Tidal fishing is federally regulated.

Freshwater Fishing (Non-Tidal)

In British Columbia, if you plan to go for freshwater fish, you will need a Basic Licence, also known as a Non-Tidal Angling Licence. This is for every angler who is 16 years of age or older and will allow them to fish in the non-tidal waters of beautiful BC.

In addition to your Basic Licence, you may also need a Conservation Surcharge Stamp, a White Sturgeon Conservation Licence, and / or a Classified Waters Licence.

Why? Glad you asked. There are two reasons why these are required. If you plan to fish for a specific type of fish such as Steelhead, non-tidal Salmon, or Sturgeon, or you’re going to specific locations that are regulated as Class I or Class II Classified Waters.

Purchasing these licences can be done either online through the BC Recreational Freshwater Fishing website, or from any vendor who offers this service.

Saltwater Fishing (Tidal)

If you plan to go fishing in the saltwaters of BC , you’ll need a Tidal Waters Fishing Licence. Although free for juveniles (under 16 years old), you’ll still need a licence for them which can be done online under your account.

This licence also has the option to purchase a Salmon Conservation Stamp. In the event that you catch Salmon in saltwater, and you intend to retain it, then you must purchase this stamp. This is not required if you catch and release. The fees for the Salmon Conservation Stamp help generate funds which are provided to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to the Pacific Salmon Foundation. This helps to support Salmon restoration, stewardship and enhancement projects in British Columbia.

These licences can be purchased through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada website or through an Independent Access Provider.


When you plan to go fishing, be sure to always check for new regulations as things change from time to time.

If you’d like to know more about Freshwater Fishing such as the species, regulations and limits, equipment and setup and use thereof and more, we would recommend signing up for our online Pacific Northwest Fishing course.

This course was designed with the beginner in mind and is a must for anyone looking to get into the sport of freshwater fishing.   This is a veritable A to Z of everything a new angler needs to know and includes information on how to safely and legally fish in beautiful British Columbia.

To provide you with the best, Silvercore’s course was created in partnership with the world renowned angler, guide and conservationist April Vokey.

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How do I import or export a firearm in Canada?

Many times throughout the year Silvercore gets asked “How do I import (or export) a firearm in Canada?“. We wanted to provide you with all the in’s and out’s of importing and exporting firearms in Canada and make it smooth sailing for you to safely, and legally get your firearm into (or out of) Canada.

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What do you need to Import (or Export) a Firearm in Canada? 

If you want to import or export your firearm, the first thing you’ll need, regardless if you are dealing with a Non-Restricted or Restricted Firearm is to be 18 years or older and you must have a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence, also known as a PAL (more firearms acronyms, terminology and what they mean can be found on our blog here). And incase you’re wondering, neither Canadian residents, nor visitors are allowed to import prohibited firearms newly acquired outside of Canada under any circumstances.  

What are the legal requirements for importing and exporting firearms?

There are a few different legal requirements which need to be followed when it comes to importing or exporting firearms. The first we’ll touch on those that relate to Canada. There are governing bodies that have their own regulations which need to be followed. In this section we will review the following:

  1. Canada Border Services Agency, or CBSA
  2. Global Affairs Canada
  3. The Criminal Code and The Firearms Act.

So let’s begin!

1. CBSA, Importing and Exporting Firearms, Weapons and Devices.

Review Memorandum D19-13-2, effective as of May 29 2019. This document not only goes over a briefing of things most recently changed, legislation, the definitions of things like Action, Ammunition, Authorization to Carry (ATC), Authorization To Transport (ATT) and more, but also describes in great detail prohibited weapons and ammunition. Knowing what is considered prohibited will save you a great deal of grief when importing or exporting a firearm.

Additionally, you’ll find the import and export procedures. But we’ll keep this simple and break it down for you!

If importing a Non-Restricted Firearm

In addition to the 18+ age and valid PAL which has the proper authorization for the class of firearm which you plan to import, you’ll also need the following:

      1. Verify if you need an import authorization from Global Affairs Canada, more on that below. 

If importing a Restricted Firearm

In addition to the 18+ age and valid PAL, you will also need the following:

      1. Be authorized owner to which the Restricted firearm is registered to with the Canadian Firearms Program, or CFP and have your Firearm Registration Certificate, 
      2. Have a Long Term Authorization to Transport, or ATT in order to Transport the firearm (this is obtained by being a member of a recognized gun club or range), 
      3. Obtain an import authorization from Global Affairs Canada.

Something worth noting is that you can generally only import a restricted firearms if you are able to show that you have a need for that firearm, this could be something such as needing it to be able to take part in an organized target-shooting event.

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2.  Import Controls and Import Permits handled by Global Affairs Canada

Apply for an Import Permit. In order to apply for this you’ll need to  complete an Application for Import/Export Permit EXT-1466. (you’ll need Adobe Reader to load this file)

Be sure to include your application with a cheque for the corresponding total value of goods otherwise the permit will not be issued. The fee schedule can be found here.

3. The Criminal Code and the Firearms Act.

You’ll need to keep in mind the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act as this outlines the offences you could face if you import or export a firearm illegally and who is authorized to import or export. More on this below.


As a final note on things you need to do, don’t forget that you will also need to keep in mind the country where the firearm is coming from, as well as any other country the firearm will pass through and their legal requirements.

What offences could be faced for importing or exporting firearms illegally?

We’ll keep the legal jargon out of this summary- if you want to read that you can find it here in the Criminal Code of Canada.

Importing or exporting knowing it is unauthorized

The punishment when it comes to a firearm is imprisonment for up to 10 years and minimum punishment of 3 years (if first offence), or of 5 years (if second or subsequent offence)

In other cases of an indictable offence,  imprisonment up to 10 years and a minimum punishment of imprisonment of one year.

Unauthorized importing or exporting

Imprisonment for up to 5 years for an indictable offence, or if guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Who is authorized to import and export a firearm?

As per the Firearms Act, Authorization for non-residents who do not hold a licence to import firearms that are not prohibited firearms

35 (1) A non-resident who does not hold a licence may import a firearm that is not a prohibited firearm if, at the time of the importation,

(a) the non-resident

(i) is eighteen years old or older,
(ii) declares the firearm to a customs officer in the prescribed manner and, in the case of a declaration in writing, completes the prescribed form containing the prescribed information, and
(iii) in the case of a restricted firearm, produces an authorization to transport the restricted firearm; and

(b) a customs officer confirms in the prescribed manner the declaration referred to in subparagraph (a)(ii) and the authorization to transport referred to in subparagraph (a)(iii).

So what about airguns, replica firearms, and antique firearms? Can I import / export them?

Replica firearms are prohibited from entering Canada.

A replica firearm is considered a prohibited device and here is what CBSA says about them:
  • are designed or intended to exactly resemble a firearm with near precision;
  • are not reproductions of antique firearms; and
  • may include airsoft or blank guns.

Replica firearms are classified as prohibited devices. Individuals cannot import them into Canada. For more information on replica firearms see Memorandum D19-13-2, Importing and Exporting Firearms, Weapons and Devices.

Antique firearms can be imported to Canada- conditions apply

An Antique firearm can be imported as long as it is considered to be Antique as outlined under the Criminal Code, and as long as you are a Canadian resident or a visitor to Canada.  You won’t need to register an antique firearm, and you do not need a licence if you are the owner of one, however the proper safe storage and transportation requirements will all still apply. 

What weapons or devices are prohibited from entering Canada?

*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but common weapons and devices prohibited from entering Canada.*


  • automatic knives such as switchblades;
  • centrifugal knives such as flick knives or butterfly knives;
  • gravity knives;
  • mace or pepper spray designed for use on humans;
  • nunchaku sticks;
  • shuriken (throwing stars);
  • manrikigusari or kusari (fighting chains);
  • finger rings with blades or other sharp objects projecting from the surface;
  • Taser and stun guns shorter than 480 mm;
  • crossbows designed for one-handed use;
  • crossbows 500 mm or shorter;
  • Constant Companion (belt-buckle knife);
  • push daggers;
  • devices shorter than 30 cm concealing a knife blade (e.g. knife-comb);
  • spiked wristbands;
  • blowguns;
  • Kiyoga or Steel Cobra batons (spring batons);
  • spring-loaded rigid batons (triggered by a button or lever);
  • morning stars; and
  • brass knuckles.


  • silencers or devices designed to muffle or stop the sound of a firearm;
  • certain cartridge magazines above a given capacity. Generally, cartridge magazines are limited to 5 rounds for centre-fire, semi-automatic rifles or shotguns and 10 rounds for semi-automatic handguns, with exemptions for certain magazines;
  • bullpup stocks;
  • replica firearms (see additional information on replica firearms below); and
  • devices prohibited by regulations.


Can I ship firearms?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer is, under certain circumstances.
If you are shipping a firearm it must be a licensed carrier company that is designated under the Firearms Act that is handling the firearms shipped to someone in Canada.
  • When shipping, the item must be shipped in a sturdy, non-transparent container. This container should be hard to break into and should not break open accidentally during transport. 
  • There must not be any markings on the outside of the container which indicate there are firearms inside- unless the marking is an address.
  • The Canadian Firearms Program, CFP, recommends that you label an envelope “Customs Documents” and attach it firmly to the outside of the container. You can put any waybills, import permits, or export permits into the envelope.
  • You must declare all firearms at Canada Customs and pay applicable duties and taxes.

Where can updates be found relating to firearms regulations?

It’s important that as a safe, legal and responsible firearms owner you’re always staying up to date with any applicable changes. Updates can be found online the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program section of the website under ‘Highlights’.

Sometimes it depends on the updates you are looking for as to where you can locate them. If you aren’t sure, feel free to reach out to us at
Or, if you have questions that relate to a specific firearm, weapon or device, we recommend that you contact the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000.

How can I learn more about firearms and firearms related Information?

There is a number of ways to find the information that you’re looking for, but for the sake of bringing you the easy access of information you may be on the look for, we would recommend any of the following.

  1. Listen to The Silvercore Podcast. The Silvercore Podcast discusses matters related to hunting, firearms, hiking, outdoor adventure and the people and businesses that comprise the community all from a uniquely Canadian perspective.
  2. Join the Silvercore Club to receive exclusive club discounts with participating retailers (some of whom sell hunting related products) – and the Silvercore Club Facebook Community. There are many individuals who hunt and have experience in  hunting who are happy to share their knowledge and all it takes is a little ask and community involvement.
  3. Take a Silvercore Online Course. Silvercore has a number of different online courses whether you’re looking to obtain your PAL, go hunting, become an RSO, or even just want to make sure you’re safe in bear country.



Please note that this post was created and intended for educational purposes and acts only as a guide and is by no means considered a legal document.

As regulations and legislation change from time to time, Silvercore and its subsidiaries make no warranties whatsoever, either express or implied, oral or written, in fact, or by operation of law or otherwise, regarding the import or export of any firearm or device mentioned throughout this post.

Individuals should always check with the appropriate governing bodies regarding legislative and regulatory specifications for the import and export of firearms into or out of Canada.

Silvercore Podcast Ep. 22: Ineffective gun control & Canadian gun ban

In this episode of The Silvercore Podcast, Travis Bader sits down with Shane Mathieson, the third generation owner of Reliable Gun in Vancouver BC. Listen in as they discuss how Reliable Gun got it’s start, the recent OIC firearms ban and how it’s affecting business as well as how COVID has impacted gun sales and more!

If you have a story that would be of value to the Silvercore audience, or know someone who does, email us at  We would love to hear from you!

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You can listen to episode 22 of our podcast on Podbean, Apple iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcast, and Google Play. All you’ll have to do is search for ‘The Silvercore Podcast.’ 

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Firearms and Hunting Terminology

As our country’s oldest and largest safety training business of its kind, we have trained more outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, hunters, sports shooters and armed professionals, than any other company in our sector in Canada.

As you can imagine, in Silvercore’s endeavours and experience we know very well just how confusing it can be when you are first starting your journey to obtaining licensing, whether it be for your firearms licence, hunting licence, training, permits or otherwise. 

As such, we’ve created a list of different acronyms, variations of them and terms that you may run into in the process of becoming more knowledgeable in the firearms industry to help make things much clearer for you.

PAL or P.A.L. – Possession and Acquisition Licence

This is the current form of firearms licensing in Canada and the term which is most commonly used. It can refer to a Non-Restricted Firearms and/or Restricted Firearms Licence. It was put in place in 1995 when it replaced the term FAC (more to come on this below).

RPAL or R.P.A.L. – Restricted

This is also the current form of firearms licensing in Canada and is really just another term which is somewhat interchanged with PAL.  It refers to a Restricted Firearms Licence.

POL or P.O.L. – Possession Only Licence

This is the term used for individuals with a licence in Canada which cannot obtain firearms, but only possess them. POL’s were actually transferred to PAL’s in 2015 under the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act

FAC or F.A.C. – Firearms Acquisition Certificate

This was the old form of firearms licensing in Canada and term which is less commonly used, but still relatively known and used amongst older generations due to when it was valid (1977 – 1995). These have all now since expired and will need to be replaced by a PAL.

CFSC or C.F.S.C. – Canadian Firearms Safety Course

This is the required training set forth by the Canadian Firearms Program and RCMP for individuals to be able to obtain a Non-Restricted Firearms Licence or PAL.

CRFSC or C.R.F.S.C. – Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course

This the required training set forth by the Canadian Firearms Program and RCMP for individuals to be able to obtain a Restricted Firearms Licence or RPAL.

NR – Non-Restricted

This refers to a classification of a firearm and typically means long guns such as rifles or shotguns. This is not always the case however and there may be firearms which are exceptions based on barrel length, calibre discharged, etc. Specifics relating to the classification of Non-Restricted Firearms can be found on the RCMP’s website here.

R – Restricted

This also refers to a classification of a firearm and typically means firearms such as revolvers or handguns.  Specifics relating to the classification of Restricted Firearms can be found on the RCMP’s website here.

Prohib- Prohibited

This also refers to a classification of a firearm. Specifics relating to the classification of Prohibited Firearms can be found on the RCMP’s website here.

CFP- Canadian Firearms Program

The Canadian Firearms Program, also known as the Canadian Firearms Centre is a federal program which falls under the RCMP and is typically responsible for firearms licences and regulations in Canada.

CFO- Chief Firearms Officer

The Chief Firearms Officer is provincial body which is responsible for the issuance of PAL’s to individuals in that province, ATT’s, ATC’s Firearms Transfers, and Guns Show Sponsorship approvals.  There are different CFO’s per province and a list of these and their contact information can be found on the RCMP’s website here.

ATT or A.T.T. or LATT – Long Term Authorization to Transport

A Long Term Authorization to Transport is a requirement for individuals which possess a valid RPAL and wish to purchase, possess, or transport a restricted firearm.

In order to obtain an ATT, the individual meeting the requirements above, must provide proof of a valid membership with a recognized gun club or range in order to meet the requirements of the CFO.

This proof of membership is typically provided in form of a letter from your club or range which you have a valid membership with.

ATC or A.T.C – Authorization to Carry

An Authorization to Carry is a special permit issued by the CFO in your province under the Firearms Act. This permit will allow an individual to lawfully posses and carry a restricted, or prohibited firearm, which is readily accessible to them for use. This may be issued in the case of it being a requirement for your line of profession, for example, an armoured car guard may receive this permit.

WATC or W.A.T.C. – Wilderness Authorization to Carry

A Wilderness Authorization to Carry is a special permit issued by the CFO in your province under the Firearms Act. This will allow an individual to lawfully posses and carry a restricted firearm, which is readily accessible to them for use for the purpose of protection in their line of work. An example of an individual who may be eligible to apply for this permit might be a licensed professional trapper.

POP or P.O.P. – Proof Of Proficiency

A proof of proficiency is required to be completed by the Applicant that is looking to obtain a WATC. This consists of the applicant showing the administrator of the POP that they can shoot their firearm at a different distances and in different positions. They will be scored on their shots and where they placed on the target. This will determine if they’ve passed or not and will be included with their application which is submitted to the CFO for their WATC.

CORE or C.O.R.E. – Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education

CORE is education or training related to hunting. There are currently various ways to do this including self-study, reading the CORE Manual, completing the Online CORE Hunter Education Course, or attending an in-person CORE Hunter Education Course with a BCWF certified CORE Examiner.

All of these methods go towards the same goal; obtaining your Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID) which acts as the passport to hunting in BC. Individuals will be required to complete an examination with a BCWF Certified examiner and obtain their student graduation certificate in order to proceed and obtain their FWID. Read more on this in our blog post on what you need to hunt in BC.

BCWF or BC Wildlife Federation – British Columbia Wildlife Federation

The BCWF is the provincial body which manages the CORE program, its instructors and the certifications of students whom have successfully passed their CORE examinations. They also are British Columbias leading conservation organization with core values of Stewardship, Education and Research and Partnership. Find out more about the British Columbia Wildlife Federation on their website here.

FWID – Fish and Wildlife ID

The Fish and Wildlife ID or FWID, is the passport to access hunting services in BC.  This is required in order to obtain the following:

  • Hunting licences (resident, non-resident, non-resident alien, youth and initiation)
  • Fraser Valley and Gulf Islands special area licences
  • Species and upland game bird licences
  • Limited entry hunting (LEH) licences
  • Guide outfitter licences
  • Permit to accompany a non-resident or non-resident alien to hunt big game

LEH –  Limited Entry Hunting 

Limited Entry Hunting is a random draw which provides hunters the opportunity to hunt animals which may not otherwise be huntable during the general open season. LEH applications are typically for authorizations to hunt Bison, Mule Deer, Elk, Moose, Mountain Goat, Mountain Sheep, and other B.C. game.

Regulation Synopsis

There are many different synopsis’ with regulations as they pertain to hunting, LEH, trapping, and fishing, these include the following:

  1. BC Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis
  2. BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis
  3. BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

These Synopsis’ are typically released every 2 years and have important regulations in them that are important for hunters, trappers and anglers alike to follow. The BC government also updates these online so its important to check their website to make sure you have the most current and accurate information.

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Silvercore Podcast Ep. 16: Firearms, Optics and Equipment for New Hunters

In this episode of The Silvercore Podcast Travis Bader sits down with Silvercore pro staffer and hunter extraordinaire, Paul Ballard to discuss gear for new hunters. There are so many options to choose from it can be overwhelming, particularly to someone starting out. We cut through the clutter and explain what you need, what you don’t and where your money is best spent so that you can have a productive and enjoyable hunt.

We also discuss the Vortex Apparel Package, the Silvercore Club Shoot, and a number of other ongoing promotions and giveaways that you don’t want to miss out on! Listen to the podcast to learn how to enter for free and and check out our website for full details.

Want to Win a Vortex Apparel Package? Just follow these steps:

Don’t forget to Follow and Subscribe our Silvercore pages, tag a friend, and like the post for multiple entries.


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Summary of Rules

  • To enter Silvercore Advanced Training System’s (hereafter “Silvercore”) “Vortex Apparel Package Giveaway” (hereafter the “giveaway”) Go to a Social Media Channel (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter) and comment with #SilvercoreVortexgiveaway to enter.
  • Entries for the giveaway will be accepted between the event dates of April 2 – 16 2020. By April 22 we will have gathered participating entries and one (1) recipient of the “draw gift” is picked randomly from all collected post entries. As entries will be closed on April 16 2020, any received thereafter are voided.
  • The “draw gift” recipient will be announced in the newsletter and via Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and will require a response from the recipient within 4 weeks of the announcement. If Silvercore does not receive a response within these 4 weeks or if the recipient doesn’t meet the requirements to be able to receive the gift, a new recipient will be drawn by Silvercore from the entries collected in that same period. You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.
  • The giveaway can be entered as many times per person as they’d like. .
  • Silvercore staff members are excluded from entering the giveaway.
  • Silvercore retains the right to cancel the giveaway or change the giveaway rules and draw gift at any time without prior notice.
  • Some draw gifts will require the recipient to be in the possession of a valid PAL license and/or be aged 18 years or older. 
  • Draw gift(s) may not be exactly as shown in the images portrayed on advertisements for these giveaways. Draw gift(s) have no cash value, and are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash or other items or courses.

How do I renew my firearms license?

Over Silvercore’s many years of experience in teaching, training, and certifying a countless number of instructors, students, and otherwise, we’ve realized some tips and tricks which may aid those in the process of renewing their firearms license, PAL, to achieve a faster renewal.

So in this blog, we are discussing tips that may make your renewal go from tedious and lengthy to easy and renewed in no time at all! These are our Pro Tips for Renewing your Firearms License.

Renew Early

Renew before your PAL expires. Why? Because if you let your PAL expire, the application process to have it reinstated is much longer. In fact, it’s the same process as when you first applied- including the 28 day waiting period! Take it from us, renew early and save yourself both time and stress.

Another item worth mentioning is that if your licence is expired and you need to renew, you will need to present a copy of your course reports. If you do not have a copy of your course reports, which articulate you went through the required training for your PAL, you may have to retake the CFSC/CRFSC training.

Renew Online

The good news is that you can easily renew online via the RCMP’s website, which can be found here. Online renewal ensures that your renewal gets to the RCMP promptly, but also gives you peace of mind knowing that it won’t get lost in the mail. Another bonus- you also save postage! 

In possession of restricted firearms? Have your proof of membership handy!

As a restricted firearms owner, you need a membership from a club or range to have the Long Term Authorization To Transport or ATT. This allows you to purchase, possess and transport your restricted firearms.

So, if you’re renewing your firearms licence and you currently have restricted firearms in your possession, one of the best things you can do to speed along the process is to include your proof of membership with
your renewal application to the RCMP. This saves time because then they don’t have to send you a letter telling you that they need that proof of membership for the ATT.

If you don’t have a valid membership and need one for your renewal, you can join the Silvercore Gun Club to meet the ATT requirements. Bonus: this membership not only comes with 10 Million in North American wide liability insurance, but it also has some pretty great perks, including annual members-only events with brag-worthy grand raffle prizes.

Include the right fees

Effective March 31, 2020, the Canadian Firearms Program has updated its service fees for firearms licences for individuals and businesses. The fees for each licence are as follows:

  • Individuals upgrading from PAL to RPAL $40.88
  • non-restricted firearms (PAL) $61.32
  • restricted firearms (RPAL) $81.76

Keep in mind that if you’re applying for your RPAL, this includes your PAL, so the total fee for both the non-restricted and restricted firearms is $81.76.

Check, check, and check again!

Be sure to review your application form, more than once. This will ensure that you haven’t missed any crucial details. Leave the form for a day and return to it on a new day. Fresh eyes tend to see new things, and likewise, tired eyes can miss details.

Unsure about details on your application form? Contact us! We can provide you with the information and advice you need to complete your forms and be on your merry way in no time!

Below are links referenced in this post that will help you with your firearms license renewal endeavours:

PAL application form: Possession & Acquisition License (PAL) Application Form

PAL application form for Aboriginal Peoples: Possession & Acquisition License (PAL) Application Form for Aboriginal Peoples

PAL renewal form: Possession & Acquisition License (PAL) Renewal Application Form

Online application status check: Possession & Acquisition License (PAL) Application Status

A membership for those with Restricted Firearms that require an ATT: Gun Club Membership

Where can I go shooting?

You’ve just taken your Canadian Firearms Safety Course, and you’ve joined Canada’s Gun Club, aka the Silvercore Gun Club. So now you’re educated and prepared to go the range, but where do you go?

There are several ranges across the lower mainland and to save you a Google search we’ve listed all of the drop-in ranges you can go to below! Now we realize your location may influence where you’ll want to go, and that’s fair. However, we recommend checking out all of the ranges in the Lower Mainland as they are all unique in their merit.

Pro Tip: We mentioned it above, but it is important to note again. By joining our gun club, you will meet the Canadian Firearms Programs (CFP) issuance requirements to obtain a Long Term Authorization to Transport (ATT). With your valid ATT you will comply with the CFP’s requirements for restricted firearms purchase, possession and transport, which you will need to take your firearms with you to the range.

Not a member yet? Join here!

Drop-In Ranges

The Range Langley 

9938 201 St #2
Langley, BC V1M 3E9
(604) 833-4867

  • The Range Langley has Rentals for Handguns, Shotguns, Rifles & BMG Sniper Rifles and also has ammunition, targets, earplugs, and hats available for purchase
  • Admission 1st Hour: $35/Adult -Reserve 24hrs ahead for $5.00 Discount | $30/ Senior/ Youth/ LE/Military -Reserve 24hrs ahead for $5.00 Discount | $15.00 / Police in uniform or on duty
  • Admission 2nd Hour:  $15

Silvercore Tip- Bigger is Better: This is Canada’s largest range and it is our top pick for a private indoor range.

DVC Ventures/Vancouver Gun Range 

1655 Broadway St #201
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 2M7
(604) 941-6933

  • DVC has Rentals for Handguns, Revolvers, Shotguns, and Rifles and also has ammunition and targets available for purchase
  • Drop-ins are permitted at this range, within certain hours, please check the website for details
  • Daily Admission: General Public: $30 | Law Enforcement and Military $20.00
  • Must be 19 years or older unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian & must bring a valid government-issued ID

Silvercore Tip- The Winter Months: During the winter months this range is fully heated!

Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

1284 184 St
Surrey, BC V3S 9R9
(604) 535-8366

  • Drop-ins are permitted at this range. However, it is limited to specific days which are for ‘Wednesday Handgun Night’ or ‘Tuesday .22LR Rifle Night’
  • Admission for Handgun Night: $5.00 for Club Member | $10.00 Non-Club Member
  • Admission for .22LR Rifle Night: $5.00 for Junior Club Member | $10.00 Adult Club Member | $15.00 Non-Member

Silvercore Tip- Plan Ahead: The beauty of this range is that it is quaint and secluded, so make sure you call ahead before heading down.

The Vancouver Gun Club

7340 Sidaway Rd, Richmond
BC V6W 1B8
(604) 278-0832

  • The range includes different venues such as Trap, Skeet, Int’l Trap (Bunker). 5-Stand & Sporting Clays
  • Fees: Non-Members Day Pass $20.00
  • There are fees associated depending on the venue used, and please check their website for in-depth details

Silvercore Tip- Sporting Clays for Beginners and the Experienced: Located in Richmond, this is a great range with a full line of shotgun sporting events!

Port Coquitlam & District Hunting & Fishing Club (PCDHFC)

5000 Harper Rd
Coquitlam, BC V3E 3H1
(604) 942-9772

  • Includes a 200 Metre Rifle Range for Handgun, Rifle, and Shotgun shooters. Target stands are provided. Also features 3D target archery, holds black powder shooting events, IPSC, PPC, Smallbore events, and Trap and Skeet
  • PCDHFC allows drop-in’s during certain days/hours, admission fees will depend on the event, please check their website for further details

Silvercore Tip- When to Arrive: Arguably BC’s club with the largest membership, so go early as it will get busy.

Thompson Mountain Sportsman Association 

21791 Ladner Road
Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 1Z1
(604) 826-6515

  • Admission: Day card rates are $35 per person | $5 for Children 16 and under | $25 for law enforcement and serving the military – must present valid I.D.
  • PAL/POL, registration for restricted and prohibited firearms and valid ID must be presented for liability reasons

Silvercore Tip – Getting There: Pass through the Golden Eagle Golf Course and up a short, but steep hill. The range may close when the weather starts to get cold and the roads get icy.

Please note that any and all fees listed for the ranges below are subject to change and you should always followup with the range directly or check their website for up to date information.

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For other informational posts such as where to go shooting, or no shoot zones, hunting seasons, tips for choosing your first scope and more, visit

Captain of the Hunt

Silvercore has several contest and giveaways running right now and here is a reminder to check out the website to learn more about the current Glock gear giveaway as well as the postal match which is free to all Silvercore members across Canada with prizes which include firearms, steel targets, accessories, courses and more. Full details on the website.

If you are enjoying the Silvercore Podcast, please do us a favour and consider subscribing, liking, commenting and leaving a review. Likewise, if there is content that you would like to see featured on a future Silvercore podcast, let us know. You can also check out the Silvercore Club Facebook page and join in the conversation.

Today I sit down with long time friend Marshall Lowen as he recounts growing up in rural Manitoba and his adventures and misadventures while hunting and trapping across Canada.

Marshall spent over 44 years serving his country as a member of the Canadian armed forces, he is a firearms instructor, hunter education instructor a proud member of Metis society and served as Vice President of the Vancouver Metis society for many years and now sits as an elder who has been bestowed with the honour and responsibility of being selected the Captain of the hunt.

You can listen to episode 14 of our podcast on Podbean, Apple iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcast, and Google Play. All you’ll have to do is search for ‘The Silvercore Podcast.’ 

If you have any feedback or questions that we can address, please reach out to us via social media or at 1-855-771-5837 or Finally, don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast, and while you’re at it, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Travis Bader

The Silvercore Podcast Ep. 12: Intro to 3 gun and How to be a Sponsored Shooter (From

In this episode, sponsored 3 gun shooter Taka Kuwata takes you through the sport of 3 gun competitions as well as how to become a sponsored shooter and the duties and responsibilities surrounding sponsorship. Taka speaks about exercise and the diet that he adheres to in order to stay competitive as well as pro tips on how to properly bring your firearms across the border for competitions.

This weeks episode is brought to you by Gearpack is a subscription based mystery box. Gearpack has partnered with some of the biggest brands in the business to bring you top quality products, delivered to your doorstep every month. Knives from esse, Spyderco, SOG and Kershaw stoves, backpacks, watches, optics. What’s awesome, is if you can show proof of a valid Silvercore Club membership, you receive 30% off your first order. Check out for full details. At the bottom are the links and dates which were referenced in this podcast.


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AML Abbotsford Multigun League
4161 Lakemount Rd, Abbotsford
Instagram: @abbotsfordmultigun
For match updates and Newsletters email: to be added to the distribution list.
Match registrations available on Practice Score, Search for Abby Multigun League
2020 Competition and Practice Schedule:
  • Saturday February 22 Practice
  • Sunday March 29 Match
  • Sunday April 19 Practice
  • Sunday May 31 Match
  • Sunday June 21 Practice
  • July Drop In (To be announced)
  • Sunday August 30 Match
  • Sunday September 27 Practice
  • Occasional Evening Practices (Stand by for updates on Social Media)
Taka Kuwata’s Instagram: @Taka_3gun
Team White Rice Instagram: @teamwhiterice  
Below is a list of sponsors for Team White Rice: 
Milburn Mountain Defense
Timber Creek Outfitters
Campro Bullets
Tactical Performance Center




The Silvercore Podcast Ep. 10 – Moose Underwear and Other Hunting Stories

Episode 10 of The Silvercore Podcast is here! In this episode, we find out what happens when a group of hunters, with very different backgrounds and hunting experience, embark on a week-long shared moose hunt.

Also in this episode, Paul Ballard regales us with sage hunting advice, Rob Wilson discusses when it’s appropriate to put underwear on a moose, and Mike Welti shares an experience that no hunter wants to find themselves in, but every hunter should be prepared for.

This episode is sponsored by Carter Motorsports in Vancouver. As long-time customers of Carter Motorsports, we were very excited when they agreed to be part of this podcast. Also, a huge thanks to International Barrels, who supplied a custom barrel chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and Vortex Optics, who provided the scope for this hunt. All together, it made for one extremely accurate hunting rig.

You can listen to episode 10 of our podcast on Podbean, Apple iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcast, and Google Play. All you’ll have to do is search for ‘The Silvercore Podcast.’ 

If you have any feedback or questions that we can address, please reach out to us via social media or at 1-855-771-5837 or Finally, don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast, and while you’re at it, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

Travis Bader
Silvercore Inc.

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