National Parks of Canada Camping Regulations (SOR/80-127)

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National Parks of Canada Camping Regulations



Registration 1980-02-11

National Parks of Canada Camping Regulations

P.C. 1980-418 1980-02-08

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to subsection 7(1) of the National Parks Act, is pleased hereby to revoke the National Parks Camping Regulations, C.R.C., c. 1116, and to make the annexed Regulations governing the use of public lands in the National Parks of Canada for camping purposes, in substitution therefor.

 [Repealed, SOR/2009-322, s. 12]


 In these Regulations,

camping permit

camping permit means a permit issued pursuant to section 4; (permis)


campsite means an area of land in a public campground designated by the superintendent for use by the holders of camping permits; (emplacement de camping)

Category A public campground

Category A public campground[Revoked, SOR/91-236, s. 1]

Category B public campground

Category B public campground[Revoked, SOR/91-236, s. 1]

Category C public campground

Category C public campground[Revoked, SOR/91-236, s. 1]


Minister[Revoked, SOR/91-236, s. 1]


Park[Revoked, SOR/91-236, s. 1]

portable cabin

portable cabin means a structure mounted on skids designed for use as living quarters; (chalet transportable)

public campground

public campground means an area in a Park designated by the superintendent for use by the public for camping purposes; (terrain de camping public)

public picnic ground

public picnic ground means an area in a Park designated by the superintendent for use by the public for picnic purposes; (terrain de pique-nique public)

seasonal camping

seasonal camping means the occupancy of a campsite by the use of a portable cabin or trailer for a period not exceeding 24 weeks during a calendar year; (camping saisonnier)

serviced public campground

serviced public campground means a public campground having central fixed structures equipped with cooking, washing and toilet facilities; (terrain de camping public aménagé)


Superintendent[Revoked, SOR/91-236, s. 1]


tent means a portable and collapsible shelter made from

  • (a) canvas, cloth, synthetic or similar materials and supported by a pole, poles or ropes, or

  • (b) a pliable membrane that achieves and maintains its shape and support by internal air pressure; (tente)


trailer means a vehicle that is designed to be attached to or drawn by another vehicle, and is licensed under the laws of a province or under the laws of a country other than Canada and includes any vehicle that is designed, constructed or equipped to be used as living quarters or a sleeping place either permanently or temporarily; (roulotte)


vehicle means a device in, on or by which any person or property may be transported or drawn on land. (véhicule)

  • SOR/85-427, s. 1;
  • SOR/86-706, s. 1;
  • SOR/89-142, s. 1;
  • SOR/91-236, s. 1;
  • SOR/93-166, ss. 9(E), 10(F).


 These Regulations do not apply in the Town of Banff or in the Town of Jasper.

  • SOR/90-235;
  • SOR/2010-23, s. 4.

Prohibition of Use of Public Lands

  •  (1) No person shall use or occupy or reside or camp on any public land in a Park or park any vehicle on such land for the purpose of camping unless he is

    • (a) the holder of a valid camping permit authorizing him to use that land for that purpose; or

    • (b) a member of a group in respect of which a camping permit has been issued and is still valid.

  • (2) No person shall locate, erect or use in a Park a portable cabin, storage shed, tent, trailer or other similar structure except as provided in these Regulations.

  • (3) Nothing in this section prevents a person from using the facilities provided in a public picnic ground for the preparation and consumption of meals.

  • SOR/91-236, s. 2(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 10(F).

Camping Permits

  •  (1) On receipt of an application for a camping permit, the superintendent shall, subject to subsections (2) and (3), issue a camping permit to the applicant authorizing the following persons to camp at the campsite specified in the camping permit:

    • (a) the applicant, or

    • (b) where the applicant represents a group, the group.

  • (2) No person who holds a camping permit is eligible to apply for another camping permit for the period or any part of the period for which his camping permit is valid.

  • (3) The superintendent may refuse to issue a camping permit where, in his opinion, it is necessary to do so for the preservation, control or management of the Park or for the safety of the public.

  • (4) to (7) [Revoked, SOR/91-236, s. 3]

  • SOR/86-706, s. 2;
  • SOR/87-271, s. 1;
  • SOR/91-236, ss. 3, 10(F), 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, ss. 1, 9(E);
  • SOR/94-439, s. 1.

 [Revoked, SOR/91-236, s. 4]

  •  (1) In every camping permit, the superintendent shall

    • (a) specify the campsite to which the permit applies; and

    • (b) specify the period for which the permit is valid.

  • (2) On a notice located at the entrance to a public campground or in a camping permit, the superintendent may

    • (a) prescribe conditions under which the holder of a camping permit may keep a domestic animal in the public campground; or

    • (b) set out any prohibitions made pursuant to section 13.

  • (3) No person shall camp in a public campground except in compliance with any conditions prescribed pursuant to paragraph (2)(a) and any prohibitions set out pursuant to paragraph (2)(b).

  • (4) The superintendent may, in a camping permit, authorize

    • (a) in Riding Mountain National Park or in Prince Albert National Park, seasonal camping; or

    • (b) in any Park, the erection of a tent and the parking of a motor vehicle or trailer on the campsite to which the camping permit applies.

  • SOR/91-236, ss. 5(F), 10(F), 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E).
  •  (1) A camping permit is not transferable and is valid only during such period as the campsite to which the camping permit applies is occupied.

  • (2) For the purposes of subsection (1) and paragraph 16(a), the campsite to which a camping permit applies is deemed to be not occupied where a tent or trailer has been unoccupied for a period exceeding 48 hours or has been removed from the campsite for a period exceeding 24 hours.

  • SOR/91-236, s. 10(F).

 A camping permit expires

  • (a) on the expiry date specified therein; and

  • (b) at the time specified therein or at the time specified by the superintendent on a notice located at the entrance to the public campground.

  • SOR/91-236, s. 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E).

 [Revoked, SOR/94-439, s. 2]

 The holder of a camping permit shall, at all times, maintain the campsite to which the permit applies in a condition satisfactory to the superintendent.

  • SOR/91-236, ss. 10(F), 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E).

Reservation Service

  •  (1) The superintendent may establish and operate a service for the reservation of campsites located within a public campground.

  • (2) The superintendent shall, through the media and by posting notices in conspicuous places in the Park, advise the public of those public campgrounds for which a reservation service is available.

  • (3) and (4) [Revoked, SOR/94-439, s. 3]

  • SOR/86-706, s. 3;
  • SOR/87-271, s. 3;
  • SOR/89-142, s. 3;
  • SOR/91-236, s. 11(F);
  • SOR/91-530, s. 1;
  • SOR/92-252, s. 1;
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E);
  • SOR/94-439, s. 3.
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