Our protected areas are unique places and require unique rules to protect them.

Breaking the law in a National Park or National Historic Site can result in consequences including evictions or tickets, or in more serious cases, court appearances and/or large fines. View the National Parks Act and its regulations.

Aircraft

You cannot take-off or land an aircraft in a national park without a Restricted Activity Permit from Parks Canada, with some exceptions as listed in the National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations. All aircraft must comply with the Canadian Aviation Regulations and National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations.

Area closures and restrictions

Area closures and restrictions are sometimes needed to protect natural or cultural resources or for visitor safety reasons. Closures are enforceable by law. Closure notices will be posted at the information centre.

Commercial film and photography permits

Commercial filming activities have special considerations. All commercial activity is subject to business licencing and permits. Contact us for details on whether your activity requires a permit.

Drones

All Parks Canada places are ‘no drone zones’ for recreational use. If you do not possess a permit or special permission to fly your drone in a Parks Canada place, please leave your drone at home. Learn more about our drone usage rules.

Fireworks

Use of, selling, or purchasing fireworks, or any other type of explosive, is not permitted within a National Historic Site.

Garbage and litter

Never litter.

Please Leave No Trace of your visit.

Parking

Please park only in designated areas and areas where you do not pose a risk to others. If a parking lot is full, find the next closest lot and walk to your destination.

Pets and service animals
Service animals
  • Service animals are welcome, in the company of their handlers. Please keep service animals on a leash or harness during your visit.
Pets
  • Dogs must be on a leash less than three meters long, as per the law.
  • Dogs must be under control at all times, ensuring the dog does not attack, harass or chase a person, animal or vehicle.
  • Dogs must not chase any wild animals.
    • It’s illegal
    • It’s dangerous and causes a health and safety risk for the pet owner, the dog and the wild animal. Domestic dogs can cause stress in wildlife, if they are running free, and trigger aggressive behavior.
  • Owners must pick up and dispose of their dog's waste responsibly.
  • Owners should select suitable activities and terrain that align with their dog’s and their abilities.
  • Pets are not allowed in some areas; owners must respect restrictions as posted.

More information: National Historic Parks Wildlife and Domestic Animals Regulations.