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National Historic Parks Wildlife and Domestic Animals Regulations (SOR/81-613)

Regulations are current to 2021-10-07

National Historic Parks Wildlife and Domestic Animals Regulations




Registration 1981-07-24

Regulations Respecting Wildlife and Domestic Animals in the National Historic Parks of Canada

P.C. 1981-2021 1981-07-23

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment and the Treasury Board, pursuant to section 7 of the National Parks Act, section 3 of the National Historic Parks Order and paragraph 13(a) of the Financial Administration Act, is pleased hereby to make the annexed Regulations respecting wildlife and domestic animals in the National Historic Parks of Canada.

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the National Historic Parks Wildlife and Domestic Animals Regulations.


 In these Regulations,


Director means a director of Parks Canada of the Department of the Environment; (Directeur)

domestic animal

domestic animal means an animal of a species of vertebrates that has been domesticated by man so as to live and breed in a tame condition and depend on man for survival; (animal domestique)

exotic wildlife

exotic wildlife means all wildlife that is not indigenous to a park; (espèce exotique)


firearm means any weapon from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged and that is capable of causing injury or death to wildlife and includes anything that can be adapted for use as a firearm and anything that is designed for or capable of being used for the purpose of causing injury or death to wildlife; (arme à feu)


keep with respect to a domestic animal, means to own, possess, harbour, maintain, or have control or custody of the domestic animal; (garder)


keeper with respect to a domestic animal, means the person who keeps it, except that where that person is under the age of eighteen years, keeper means the parent or other adult who is responsible for that person; (gardien)


Park means any National Historic Park of Canada; (parc)


possession has the same meaning as in subsection 3(4) of the Criminal Code; (possession)


Superintendent[Revoked, SOR/92-587, s. 2]


wildlife means all wild mammals, amphibians, reptiles and wild birds and includes any part of such mammal, amphibian, reptile or bird, including their eggs or young. (animal sauvage)

  • SOR/92-587, s. 2


 These Regulations do not apply to

  • (a) any domestic animal being used to assist or guide blind persons; or

  • (b) any domestic animal kept in the Park for purposes of Park management, preservation and control.


 Except as otherwise provided in these Regulations, no person shall

  • (a) disturb, hunt, capture or destroy any wildlife within a Park;

  • (b) have in his possession, or in the possession of his servant or agent or any other person on his behalf, any wildlife killed or procured within a Park;

  • (c) have in his possession within a Park any wildlife during a closed season for that wildlife, established for the Province in which the wildlife was captured or killed, or a closed season for that wildlife, established under the Migratory Birds Convention Act;

  • (d) touch or feed wildlife in a Park or entice wildlife to approach by holding out food-stuffs or bait of any kind.

  •  (1) The superintendent may issue a permit authorizing

    • (a) the taking or killing of wildlife within a Park for scientific purposes;

    • (b) the sale or other public disposal of wildlife products from a Park; and

    • (c) the relocation or destruction of wildlife when he considers it necessary for Park management purposes.

  • (2) No person whom the superintendent has authorized to take or kill wildlife pursuant to paragraph (1)(a) shall remove from a Park any wildlife taken or killed without the permission of the superintendent.

  • SOR/92-587, s. 2
  •  (1) No person shall be in possession of a firearm within a Park unless

    • (a) the firearm is carried in a motor vehicle, is unloaded, dismantled or encased and is not easily accessible to any occupant of the motor vehicle; or

    • (b) he has a permit to carry a firearm issued by the superintendent and he is complying with the conditions of the permit.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a peace officer in the performance of his duty, to any person acting under a permit issued pursuant to subsection 5(1) or to any Park employee taking part in a historic re-enactment program or a historic animation program.

  • SOR/86-199, s. 1
  • SOR/92-587, s. 2
  • SOR/94-363, s. 4(E)
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall use any poison, poisonous substance, gas or drug for the purpose of capturing, injuring or destroying wildlife, or have in his possession any poison, poisonous substance, gas, or drug that may be used for such purpose.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a peace officer, to the superintendent, or to a person acting under a permit issued pursuant to subsection 5(1).

  • SOR/92-587, s. 2

 No person shall, between sunset and sunrise, shine a movable light having a voltage greater than 4.5 volts in any area of a Park frequented by wildlife.

  • SOR/86-199, s. 2

 Except as otherwise authorized by the Director, no person shall release within a Park,

  • (a) any wildlife;

  • (b) any exotic wildlife; or

  • (c) any domestic animal.

 Every person in possession of a firearm shall immediately, on the request of a peace officer, allow the peace officer to inspect

  • (a) the firearm; and

  • (b) any permit relating to the possession or use of the firearm.

 No person shall obstruct, hinder, or in any way interfere with or wilfully furnish false information to any peace officer in the discharge of his duties in administering or enforcing these Regulations.

Domestic Animals

 No keeper shall bring or keep a domestic animal

  • (a) in any building in a Park;

  • (b) on any beach in a Park where public swimming is allowed; or

  • (c) in any other area in a Park designated by the superintendent by means of a sign or notice as an area where domestic animals are prohibited.

  • SOR/86-199, s. 3
  • SOR/92-587, s. 2
  •  (1) No keeper shall bring or keep a domestic animal in a Park unless the domestic animal is under physical control at all times in the Park.

  • (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), physical control means

    • (a) restrained by a leash whose length does not exceed three metres; or

    • (b) kept in a container or enclosure, or in a motor vehicle.

  • SOR/86-199, s. 4
  • SOR/92-587, s. 2(F)

 The superintendent may, at any time and for such period of time as he deems necessary for the management or protection of the Park, prohibit the bringing into or keeping of domestic animals in the Park.

  • SOR/92-587, s. 2

 A keeper who brings a domestic animal into a Park shall ensure that the animal

  • (a) does not become a nuisance or cause an unreasonable disturbance to persons;

  • (b) does not bite or injure or attempt to bite or injure any person;

  • (c) does not have any disease that may be contagious or dangerous to persons, domestic animals or wildlife; and

  • (d) does not harass, chase or otherwise disturb wildlife or other domestic animals.

  • SOR/86-199, s. 5
  • SOR/92-587, s. 2
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