Alberta Parks

Pilot Project: Reducing Noise in Campgrounds


Excessive noise can negatively affect campers, hindering their ability to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors. To help minimize these impacts, we’re continuing to pilot rules for fuel generators (running on gas, diesel, or propane) at a few select campgrounds across the province in 2023. Positive feedback was received from campers, with most supporting these changes in our Reserve Alberta Parks survey. This project is continuing with the same sites for the 2023 season. Establishing fuel generator rules at select Alberta Parks’ sites will help reduce noise overall while continuing to provide opportunities for generating power.

Participating Campgrounds

Fuel Generator Use Rules


Why is Alberta Parks instituting rules on generator use through this pilot?

Question: Why is Alberta Parks instituting rules on generator use?


  • In recent years, we have received feedback through visitor satisfaction surveys suggesting that rules for fuel generators, including restricted hours, would improve overall camping experiences.
  • We recognize that there are many potential sources of noise in campgrounds; however, we have heard from Albertans that fuel generators are especially disruptive. By continuing to pilot these rules at select campgrounds, we hope to reduce noise while continuing to provide some opportunities for generator usage.
  • Excessive noise complaints put pressure on Alberta Parks' staff, conservation officers and facility operators, while reducing visitor satisfaction. It is our hope that these rules will make the great outdoors more enjoyable for everyone.  
  • We introduced these rules in 2022 as a pilot, and will continue the pilot in 2023.
  • These rules align Alberta Parks with other jurisdictions such as Parks Canada and BC Parks.

What kinds of generators are permitted in the participating sites?

Question: What kinds of generators are permitted in the participating sites?


  • Fuel generators are permitted within posted hours in these sites.
  • Wherever possible, we encourage the use of “inverter generators” (i.e. energy efficient/low noise) over industrial sized fuel generators. We also recommend that generators do not exceed 60 decibels (measured on the A-weighted scale at 50 feet). The use of sound barriers and base padding should be considered if a low noise generator is not being used.
  • We strongly encourage using portable solar panels and batteries when possible, especially if a powered site is not available. Solar generators, which emit little to no noise, are not subject to these new rules.

When and where can I use my generator?

Question: When and where can I use my generator?


  • Fuel generator use is permitted only between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in participating sites.
  • Fuel generators are not permitted in powered campsites except as required during a power outage for visitors requiring an electrical source for medical purposes (e.g. CPAP or BIPAP machine).
  • Visitors with medical needs who are unable to secure a campsite with electricity are advised to contact Alberta Parks in advance, with as much notice as possible, to determine if alternate arrangements can be made. Alberta Parks may grant a medical exemption if no alternative is available. Please see the bottom of this page to submit an exemption request for your visit.
  • Visitors should note that a neighboring campsite during their stay may have a medical exemption.
  • A campsite occupant must be present while the fuel generator is in operation.
  • Unless mounted to a truck or trailer, fuel generators must be placed on designated campsite pads (the gravel or cement area of the campsite, excluding the driveway) when in use. Generators must always be clear of surrounding vegetation to mitigate the risk of fire.
  • The fuel generator exhaust must not be pointed in the direction of a neighbouring campsite or unit.
  • Quiet hours remain the same, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Medical Exemption Request  

Please select a campground for your medical exemption request.
Updated: Apr 24, 2023