Protecting the Park
Managing our use
Stay on the trails, vegetation is fragile. © N. Gaboury
Humans have an impact in the backcountry. Vegetation is fragile, especially at higher elevations, wildlife are not habituated to people, and backcountry users are seeking quiet and solitude.
Park management regulations and guidelines are in place to minimize our impact on the wilderness and each other. They include:
Group size limits
- The group-size maximum is ten people in semi-primitive and primitive areas.
- The group-size maximum is six people in wildland areas.
- One tent per site is permitted in semi-primitive areas.
- Four tents per campground is permitted in primitive areas.
Restrictions on campfires
- Three nights is the maximum length-of-stay at most semi-primitive and primitive areas.
- Two nights is the maximum length-of-stay at Fisherman’s Bay and Coronet Creek campgrounds (Maligne Lake), Snowbowl, Curator and Tekarra campgrounds (Skyline Trail), Jonas Cut-Off and Four-Point campgrounds (Brazeau Loop) and all wildland areas.
- Fires are only permitted in the metal fire grates provided in semi-primitive and primitive areas.
- Fires are not permitted in wildland areas
- Due to lack of wood, fires are not permitted in The Tonquin Valley, on the Skyline Trail, at Jonas Cut-Off and Four-Point campgrounds on the Brazeau Loop and all wildland areas.
- Wild animals see dogs as either prey or predator. They can provoke confrontations with wildlife and affect your safety. This is why dogs must be kept on leash while in a national park.
- Dogs are not permitted in caribou habitat (see map).
Share the trail
Hikers, horse parties and mountain bikers often share trails and campsites in certain parts of the park. Respect for others can go a long way toward reducing conflicts. Make noise if you are travelling quickly or silently, move off the trail to allow larger parties to pass, and avoid sudden movement around horses as they may spook.