Pets are part of the family and are welcome in Prince Albert National Park. The park is a great place for both you and your beloved pet to enjoy forests, lakes and meadows. Bringing you dog on the trail for a hike or ski is a great motivator and after a hike in the hot summer cool your dog off with a swim. Dogs are allowed on most beaches, outside of buoyed swimming areas.
For visitors who do choose to bring domestic animals to Prince Albert National Park, the following Parks Canada regulations* and pet etiquette help ensure your personal safety and the safety of your pet. These rules also respect the comfort of other visitors and protect park wildlife and habitat.
- Dogs and Cats must be under physical control at all times. Physical control includes restraint by a leash that does not exceed 3 metres in length or confinement in a container or enclosure suitable for keeping the animal.
- Dogs and cats must not chase, molest, bite or injure any person, other domestic animal or wildlife.
- Domestic animals must not be allowed to become a nuisance or cause unreasonable disturbance to persons, wildlife, property or facilities. This includes excessive barking.
- Domestic animals must not be left unattended. This includes on your campsite or in a tent.
- Domestic animals are not allowed in areas designated by a sign or other clearly posted notice. This includes all buoyed swimming areas in the park.
- You are responsible for cleaning up your pet’s feces. Fecal matter deposited by the animal shall be immediately picked up and be removed to a refuse container or from the park.
- Be mindful that other visitors may be afraid of dogs. Do not let your dog approach other people without an invitation. On the trail, pet owners should yield to other visitors.
- Visitors remaining in the park with their dog or cat for more than 30 days must acquire permission from the park Superintendent. A permit can be obtained from Prince Albert National Park’s Waskesiu Townsite administration office.
- Cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and live poultry are not allowed in Prince Albert National Park.
*Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list of all national park domestic animal regulations. For additional information about legislation within national parks, please visit the Parks Canada Acts and Regulations webpage.