Drones or unmanned air vehicles (UAV)
In Canada’s national parks, the landing and take-off of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) – also known as a drone – is prohibited.
In Canada, a UAV is considered aircraft. Their use is governed by Transport Canada and regulated under the National Parks Aircraft Access Regulations which prohibit a person to take-off or land an aircraft in a national park.
Anyone wishing to use a UAV in Banff National Park must submit a written proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly indicating how the intended use of the UAV supports the management of the park. If approved, a Restricted Activity Permit will be issued.
As per Section 3 (1) of the National Parks Aircraft Access Regulations, the Superintendent can issue a Restricted Activity Permit for a UAV for the purpose of (a) natural or cultural resource management and protection directly related to the administration of the park; (b) any other management or control function directly related to the administration of the park; (c) public safety; or (d) law enforcement.
A Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) may also be required from Transport Canada for the UAV depending on its weight.
If you witness the use of a UAV in Banff National Park, please report the incident to Park Wardens at 403-762-1470.
- National Parks Aircraft Access Regulations
- Aeronautics Act and the Canadian Aviation Regulations that govern the use of UAV systems in Canada