The information that follows is intended as a general guide to some of the regulations under the Provincial Parks Act and a variety of other provincial and federal legislation that apply to recreational activities in provincial parks and recreation areas. Download our regulations pamphlet.
Contravention of regulations may result in eviction, a court-imposed fine or a restitution order.
Regulations are enforced by conservation officers (peace officers in the Province of Alberta). Conservation officers work with local police authorities to ensure the safety of park visitors.
- For the safety of both swimmers and boaters, please obey all signs at boat launches and on lakes.
- Boats used on any water body must conform with the Canada Shipping Act and regulations.
- Transport Canada has information about boating regulations and safety.
- Please register your campsite.
- Guaranteed check-in time: 4:00 p.m. (same for comfort camping)
- Check-out time: 2:00 p.m. for camping (12:00 p.m for comfort camping)
- In campgrounds, the maximum stay length is 16 consecutive nights; after 16 consecutive nights, you must vacate the campground for a minimum of 24 hours.
- In group campgrounds, the maximum stay is five consecutive nights.
Equipment/People Permitted on a Campsite
- Camping permits are issued on a first come-first served basis EXCEPT where there is a campsite reservation service.
- Camping fees are payable when the permit is issued.
- You must immediately occupy the campsite designated by the permit with your camping accommodation unit (tent, trailer or RV). If an accommodation unit is not present, the campsite may be re-assigned.
- Camping permits are not transferrable.
- You are not permitted to save campsites for others.
- A maximum of 6 people may occupy a campsite UNLESS they all are members of the same family unit.
Deal with Waste Properly
- The maximum number of motor vehicles, tents, recreational vehicles and trailers permitted on a campsite is three. Only two of these may be used as sleeping quarters. EXCEPTION: when two tents are used as sleeping quarters, two motor vehicles may be permitted.
- The camping fee applies to each accommodation unit on a campsite. EXCEPTION: if the second accommodation unit is a tent and there is only one motor vehicle registered to the site, there is no additional charge for the tent.
- NOTE: a campsite must be large enough to accommodate the maximum number of allowable units. Depending on a campsite's design and dimensions, a campground manager may decide that only one camping accommodation unit may be assigned to that campsite.
- No more than six people may occupy a campsite unless they are all members of the same family unit.
- Download the Regulations in Alberta's Provincial Parks & Recreation Areas pamphlet.
- Liquid and solid waste must be disposed of in receptacles provided.
- Pouring waste water on open ground or in sumpholes dug beneath trailers is prohibited.
- Where waste receptacles are not provided, waste must be carried out of the area for disposal.
- Do not bathe or clean clothing, fish or cooking/eating utensils near water fountains, taps and wells.
Be a Good Neighbour
- Avoid excessive noise so that everyone can enjoy the peace and tranquility of parks.
- Quiet hours are 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
- Loud partying, stereos at high volume and other rowdy behavior are not tolerated at any time.
- Constantly running generators is considered excessive noise UNLESS required for medical reasons. Please use your generator in moderation.
- Camping permit holders are responsible for the actions of all camping party members and any visitors to their campsite.
- Available for public use from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. only
- Campfires are permitted only in facilities provided.
- Never leave your campfire unattended. Ensure your campfire is completely out before retiuring for the night and before leaving your campsite.
- Campfire bans and/or travel restictions may be imprlemented when the fire hazard is extreme.
- Campgrounds may be closed if a forest fire situation in the vicinty threatens public safety. Check public advisories.
- To report a wildfire, call 310-FIRE (310-3473) toll free from anywhere in Alberta.
Firearms & Hunting
- Hunting and carrying or discharging firearms are not permitted in most provincial parks and recreation areas.
- Hunting is permitted in wildland parks and in some provincial parks and recreation areas. Check our hunting section for details about where and under what conditions hunting is allowed.
- The Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations contains detailed information about hunting licenses, hunting regulations and wildlife management units.
- Dressing, hanging and storing big game are not permitted without authorization from a conservation officer.
- Use of fireworks is prohibited.
- Consumption of alcohol is restricted to registered campsites in accordance with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Act.
- Liquor is prohibited:
- on roads, trails and beaches;
- in washrooms and cook shelters; and
- in day use areas/picnic sites.
- Drive cautiously and obey all speed limits. Children may be playing in the area and campground roads are often used as pathways.
- Keep all vehicles on designated roadways to prevent damage to trees and other vegetation.
- Operating off-highway vehicles (OHVs) is not permitted in provincial parks. OHV use is permitted in a limited number of provincial recreation areas and wildland provincial parks on designated trails only.
- Info on locations where OHVs are permitted.
- Keep your pet on a leash during your stay and while using trails to protect your pet, wildlife and other campers.
- Pets are not allowed in public swimming areas, on public beaches or in public buildings.
- Pick up after your pet.
- Be considerate of other campers - ensure that your dog doesn't bark excessively.
- Dog in the Park info sheet
Plants & Fossils
- It is illegal to remove, deface, injure or destroy plants, fossils and rocks.
- Using dead wood lying on the ground (deadfall) for firewood is also prohibited.
- Picking wild fruits and mushrooms MAY BE permitted IF you have verbal approval from the district conservation officer.
- Do not approach, feed or harass wildlife. These actions can cause a wild animal to feel threatened, which can pose a danger to humans and their pets. It is illegal to feed wildlife in provincial parks and recreation areas.
- To Report A Poacher phone 1-800-642-3800 toll-free from anywhere in Alberta.
We experience very little serious crime in our parks and with your co-operation, we can keep it that way.
- Store your camping gear and valuables securely.
- Mark your camping gear and valuables to deter thieves.
- Report vandalism to a conservation officer or police.
- Be a good neighbour - help protect others' property.