Riding Mountain National Park
Restricted Activity - Wildlife viewing practices
Issued: April 28, 2023
Pursuant to Section 7(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, roadside wildlife viewing is designated a restricted activity, and subject to the following conditions, by order of the Superintendent:
- No person shall willfully approach, remain, view, or engage in any activity within
- 50 meters of any bear or moose, except when completely inside a legally positioned motor vehicle,
- Any distance that displaces or interferes with the free, unimpeded movement of wildlife,
- Any distance that creates or contributes to a potentially hazardous condition or situation
- No person shall remain within prescribed distances during inadvertent, accidental, or surprise encounters with wildlife
These restrictions do not apply to a superintendent, park warden, peace officer, or any other person authorized by the Superintendent to carry out functions related to the management of a park while any of those persons is engaged in carrying out such functions.
Within the maintained portions of the following roadways: Highway 10, Highway 19 and Lake Audy Rd.
These restrictions are in place to:
- Reduce the likelihood of motor vehicle collisions.
- Ensure visitor safety during wildlife viewing.
- Protect wildlife from disturbance and stress.
- Provide Parks Canada staff with the tools needed to safely manage dynamic wildlife viewing opportunities.
- Reduce or prevent habituation of wildlife.
Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act. Maximum Penalty $25,000
Effective date: Annually 2023-05-01 to 2023-10-31