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
- 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.
Canada has information about boating regulations and
- Please register your campsite.
- Guaranteed check-in time: 4:00 p.m.
- Check-out time: 2:00 p.m.
- 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
Equipment/People Permitted on a
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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
- Picking common flowers, wild fruits and mushrooms is permitted
IF you have verbal approval from a 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.