Random backcountry camping refers to camping that involves hiking, biking, paddling or horseback riding to a camping destination that does not have established facilities. (This differs from the designated backcountry campgrounds which have basic facilities and require a permit.)
While random backcountry camping is permitted in some areas, there are rules and responsibilities associated with the activity. Please call the Kananaskis Information Line at 403-678-0760 for clarification.
Provincial Parks & Provincial Recreation Areas
Public Land Use Zones (PLUZ)
- Random camping is permitted in Public Land Use Zones (PLUZ) with some restrictions and recommendations.
- You MUST be at least 1 kilometre from any provincial park, public land recreation area or provincial recreation areas.
- In some PLUZ, you MUST be at least 1 kilometer from a roadway. This includes campfires and firearm use as well. Please see individual PLUZ maps for information.
- Please review the PLUZ regulations.
- Review the Alberta Parks rules for permitted activities too as they also apply in a PLUZ.
Wildland Provincial Parks
- Random camping is permitted in Wildland Provincial Parks with some restrictions and recommendations.
- Random camping is not permitted within 1 kilometre of a designated camping facility.
- Random camping is not permitted within 1 kilometre of a road, Provincial Park or Provincial Recreation Area boundary.
- To protect the natural heritage and maintain the integrity of the environment, random camping is not permitted in select areas of some Wildland Provincial Parks. Examples:
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