Photography and Filming in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve
All photographic, video and film imagery undertakings on a commercial basis (e.g., intending to sell images or sharing images with sponsors) in a national park reserve must go through an approval process. Profit and Not-for-Profit ventures must follow this process. Parks Canada reserves the right to determine whether an end product results in personal or corporate gain.
Non-professional photography and video capture taken by visitors on their cameras and phones do not need a permit and are enthusiastically encouraged as long as they respect wildlife and are safe.
It is important to be aware that the use of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) or drones is a restricted activity and requires the permission of the Park Superintendent. Generally, a Transport Canada issued Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) is required to operate a UAV within the park boundaries, in addition to a Parks Canada UAV permit.
With this in mind, film permitting at Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve generally follows this process:
- Contact the Park (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine if you need a film permit.
- Complete the detailed application form and return to Parks Canada for review.
- The film proposal is reviewed and depending on its scope and scale it may require preliminary screening under the Mackenzie Valley Review Board and the Thaidene Nene management board. The applicant may be asked to present an overview by teleconference for discussion.
- Notification of film permit approval/conditions or its denial is delivered to the applicant.
- Applicant provides proof of insurance as per attached Film Permit guidelines.
- If approved, the permit documentation is delivered for signature by all parties once fees are paid.
For filming in the community of Łutsël K'é please contact the Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation for more information email@example.com. For filming in the Northwest Territories other than in national parks please follow the guidelines provided on the Northwest Territories Tourism and Government of Northwest Territories: http://www.nwtfilm.com and Northwest Territories Tourism: http://media.spectacularnwt.com/media-fam-request
What works well for filming in the Thaidene Nene?
- Productions involving minimal equipment and crew size.
- Productions with minimum impact on the environment and visitors, e.g, avoiding locations that are more popular visitor attractions.
- Productions contributing to public awareness, appreciation and understanding of Canada’s national parks and Parks Canada.
- Productions that work with and respectfully incorporate the story of our Indigenous partners in the history and management of the park.
When’s the best time to plan filming in the Thaidene Nene?
Thaidene Nene is accessible via float/ski plane, boat or via scheduled flight into Łutsël K'é. Please contact Park Canada or Łutsël K'é staff for more information.
Can Parks Canada plan the filming locations for the production?
Parks Canada, in cooperation with the Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation can help you with filming questions and ideas, but your application should include a detailed list of proposed filming locations and a filming schedule. We understand schedules change and we can try to accommodate changes. Providing specific dates and location information ensures a timely process for you and gives us a better idea of what is possible. We strongly recommend researching locations before submitting an application.
Would Parks Canada consider waiving some or all of the permit fees for the production?
Fees may be reduced for proposals that assist Parks Canada and its Indigenous partners in meeting their mandate and provide direct benefits to the park. An example of a direct benefit would be sharing of photos / footage for educational use by Parks Canada and Indigenous partners. Refer to list of fee reductions in the Film Guidelines for more details.
Use of UAVs
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) are increasing in popularity for hobbyists, photographers, and businesses. In national parks, the Canadian Aviation Regulations, and National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations, prohibit the take-off and landing a drone without a Parks Canada Restricted Activity Permit. Only Field Unit Superintendents may permit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles over Parks Canada property for purposes directly related to protected heritage area administration.
Transport Canada indicates that Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), or “drones,” that weigh 250 grams (g) up to and including 25 kilograms (kg), and are operated within the drone pilot’s visual-line-of-sight, and is used for recreational purposes, you don’t need permission to fly. Why doesn’t Parks Canada apply the same rules?
What is the consequence for a member of the public caught using a drone?
Where can members of the public report the use of drones in Parks Canada places?
Parks Canada owns and operates drones, but the public can’t. Is that fair?
Will Parks Canada permit the use of drones for third-party scientific research?
Will Parks Canada permit the use of drones for commercial filming?
Why do some commercial filming and research permits allow drone usage and some do not get permission to operate a drone? If I can operate a drone in one Parks Canada place, does it apply to all others?
- Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. A Field Unit Superintendent may authorize limited use for natural and cultural resource management, public safety, law enforcement, or park/site management purposes, including filming for outreach, education and promotional purposes.
- A permit must be sought from each national park or historic site before a drone can be operated because some commercial filming or research may support needs and goals associated with park or site management in one protected place but not in another.
Map of where you can operate a drone in Canada - Drone site selection tool