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

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2010-02-02. Previous Versions

Prohibitions

 No person shall

  • (a) use or occupy any kitchen shelter, service building, pavilion or other public building in a Park for sleeping accommodation;

  • (b) erect or affix any tarpaulin, blanket, structure of wood, wood products, metal or other material to the walls or superstructure of any public building in a Park;

  • (c) leave any food, equipment or personal effects in a kitchen shelter or on a picnic table, grill, stove, barbecue or fireplace provided by the superintendent for public use in a Park, except during such reasonable period as such facilities are required for the purpose of preparing and consuming a meal or for cleaning up immediately thereafter;

  • (d) use the campsite to which a camping permit applies or any public building, structure or appurtenance on the campsite to the detriment or inconvenience of other persons in a Park;

  • (e) attempt to kindle, renew or maintain any fire or allow any fire to burn in the open in a public campground or in a public picnic ground except

    • (i) in a grill, stove, barbecue or fireplace provided by the superintendent for public use,

    • (ii) in a privately owned barbecue, hibachi or portable stove when used at a location satisfactory to the superintendent, or

    • (iii) when in possession of a permit issued under the National Parks Fire Protection Regulations; or

  • (f) locate or erect more than one portable cabin, or a tent or trailer on the campsite to which a camping permit applies except as authorized by the superintendent.

  • SOR/91-236, s. 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E).
  •  (1) No person shall use fuel provided by the superintendent in a Park except in a grill, stove, barbecue or fireplace provided by the superintendent for public use.

  • (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the holder of a camping permit, other than a camping permit for seasonal camping, may use fuel provided by the superintendent in a privately owned barbecue, hibachi or portable stove when such fuel is made available by the superintendent for such purpose in the public campground to which the holder’s permit applies.

  • SOR/91-236, ss. 7(F), 10(F), 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E).

 No person shall, on a campsite,

  • (a) remove the wheels or understructure from a trailer or mount or erect a trailer on blocks or any other foundation; or

  • (b) extend, construct or otherwise alter a portable cabin, a trailer, storage shed or any other structure without first obtaining a building permit issued under the National Parks Building Regulations.

Powers of the Superintendent

[SOR/91-236, s. 11(F)]

 The superintendent may, at any time and for such period as he deems necessary for the management and control of a public campground, prohibit

  • (a) the use within the campground of any radio, musical instrument or anything whatever that causes excessive noise;

  • (b) the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the campground;

  • (c) any conduct or behaviour in the campground that unreasonably disturbs other persons in the Park or unreasonably interferes with their enjoyment of the Park;

  • (d) any action in the campground that unreasonably interferes with fauna or the natural beauty of the Park; or

  • (e) the keeping of domestic animals in the campground.

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

 The superintendent may

  • (a) specify, on a notice located at the entrance to a public campground or in a camping permit

    • (i) the hours during which any public building or facility provided in the campground for the use of camping permit holders may be used, and

    • (ii) the hours during which quiet shall be maintained in the campground;

  • (b) require that a public campground be vacated in an emergency or for any reason that in the opinion of the superintendent requires such action;

  • (c) designate areas of land in a Park as public campgrounds;

  • (d) designate areas of land within public campgrounds as campsites;

  • (e) designate public campgrounds for use by groups equipped with tents or bed rolls for the purpose of group tenting;

  • (f) designate public campgrounds that are equipped with fixed-structure facilities for cooking, eating and sleeping for use by groups for the purpose of group camping subject to advance reservation;

  • (f.1) designate any public campground that is not accessible by road and that has a source of potable water, pit toilets and other basic campground amenities, as a primitive campground;

  • (f.2) designate an area in a Park as a public picnic-ground;

  • (g) at any time enter any campsite for the inspection thereof;

  • (h) order the removal from a Park, or the repair or alteration of any portable cabin, trailer or other vehicle or structure thereon that, in the opinion of the superintendent, is unsightly or a health or fire hazard or is likely to cause injury to persons or damage to other property;

  • (i) require that any outside wall or side of a portable cabin, trailer or any other structure be erected at a fixed or minimum distance from a boundary of the campsite to which a camping permit applies or from any other structure or vehicle on that campsite or structures on an adjoining campsite;

  • (j) notwithstanding paragraph 10(e), prohibit the use of or specify the conditions under which a stove or other device used for cooking or heating may be used on a campsite;

  • (k) require that all washing of clothes and other laundering operations be carried out at designated locations in a Park; and

  • (l) require that clothes, blankets or other articles be aired or dried only at the rear of any structure erected in a campsite to which a camping permit applies.

  • SOR/86-706, s. 4;
  • SOR/91-236, ss. 8, 10(F), 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, ss. 9(E), 10(F).

 The superintendent may refuse entry to or remove from a public campground any person who is unable to demonstrate to the superintendent that he is a person described in paragraph 3(1)(a) or (b).

  • SOR/81-381, s. 1;
  • SOR/91-236, s. 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E).

Cancellation of Permits

 The superintendent may cancel a camping permit where

  • (a) without the written authorization of the superintendent, the campsite to which the permit applies is not occupied;

  • (b) the holder of the permit fails to keep the campsite to which their permit applies or any portable cabin, trailer or other shelter or structure on that campsite in a satisfactory condition;

  • (c) the holder of the permit has furnished incorrect, false or misleading information to the superintendent in order to secure the permit or maintain it in force; or

  • (d) the holder of the permit fails to comply with

    • (i) the conditions of the permit,

    • (ii) a directive or prohibition of the superintendent made pursuant to these Regulations, or

    • (iii) any notice that has been posted by the superintendent at the entrance, or on the most common means of access, to a public campground.

  • SOR/91-236, ss. 10(F), 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E);
  • SOR/2009-322, s. 13.

 No person, other than the holder of a camping permit for seasonal camping, whose camping permit has been cancelled under section 16 shall, within 48 hours from the time of the cancellation of his camping permit, enter any public campground.

  • SOR/91-236, s. 10(F).
  •  (1) Any person, other than the holder of a camping permit for seasonal camping, whose camping permit has been cancelled under section 16 shall forthwith remove from the campsite to which the permit applies any trailer or other vehicle, structure, chattel or article placed there by him.

  • (2) The superintendent may remove any trailer or other vehicle, structure, chattel or article left in a Park in violation of these Regulations.

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

Seasonal Camping

  •  (1) The superintendent may, in a camping permit issued for seasonal camping, authorize for a period not exceeding 24 weeks,

    • (a) the use of a portable cabin of one storey in Waskesiu campground in Prince Albert National Park; or

    • (b) the use of a portable cabin of one storey or a trailer in Clear Lake campground in Riding Mountain National Park.

  • (2) No person shall, in seasonal camping, use a portable cabin or trailer that

    • (a) in the opinion of the superintendent is too large for any available campsite; or

    • (b) does not conform to standards required for recreational vehicles or mobile home housing under the National Building Code of Canada or the Dominion Fire Regulations.

  • SOR/89-142, s. 4;
  • SOR/91-236, s. 11(F);
  • SOR/93-166, s. 9(E).
 
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