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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve of Canada

Park Warden patroling on a boat Be responsible and know the park regulations
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Regulations

The federal government established the Canada National Parks Act in 1930 to enable Parks Canada to designate and maintain national parks.

Everything found in national parks, from the smallest grain of sand to the largest tree, receives the highest degree of protection under the law. Along with that protection, come regulations that serve to protect visitor enjoyment, and the natural and cultural resources in the park.

As a visitor, it is your responsibility to be aware of and respect national park regulations:

  • It is illegal to remove, deface, damage or destroy any flora or natural or cultural objects in the park.
  • It is illegal to entice, approach, feed, disturb, possess or remove wildlife from the park.
  • Fires are prohibited in the park, including below the high tide mark, except in the designated fire pits in the drive-in campgrounds.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times and their droppings removed from the park.
  • Camping is permitted only in campgrounds and campers must have a valid permit at all times.
  • It is illegal to consume alcohol in public places, including day use areas, beaches and docks.
  • Fishing in fresh waters inside the park is prohibited.
  • Firearms are prohibited, except for First Nations engaged in traditional hunting.

Failure to comply with national park regulations may result in a fine, permit cancellation, eviction or court prosecution.

Click here to learn more about the Canada National Parks Act and Regulations.