5BGeneral Guidelines for National Parks

National Parks of Canada and National Park Reserves of Canada


General guidelines for National Parks and National Park Reserves


Under the Canada National Parks Act (S.C. 2000, c. 32), the Parks Canada Agency has the authority to manage national parks (listed under Schedule 1 of the Act) and national park reserves (listed under Schedule 2 of the Act) on behalf of the people of Canada and is responsible for granting permission to enter any lands or waters for which it has jurisdiction. Visitor permits and/or business licenses are required before entering the boundaries of all national parks and national park reserves, and other permitting requirements may exist.


For general information regarding Canada's National Parks and National Park Reserves, please contact the Parks Canada National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or information@pc.gc.ca, or visit our website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca.


1.National Parks in Nunavut

With the exception of Inuit to whom the Nunavut Agreement applies, anyone entering a national park in Nunavut, including all marine areas, requires authorization from Parks Canada. Authorization normally occurs through a visitor use permit and/or a business licence.

All vessels wishing to enter marine areas of national parks in Nunavut must contact the local park office and register prior to entering. Additional permit requirements and restrictions may apply.



1.1Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada

Coordinates


Restrictions

With the exception of Inuit who have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting, all vessels wishing to enter marine areas within Quttinirpaaq National Park must contact the park office (867-975-467) prior to entering the park.

The following additional restrictions also apply:


Cruise ship access is only allowed in Tanquary Fiord.


Private motorized activities are not permitted in the park and


Recreational fishing is prohibited in all park waters.


Additional Recommendations

Parks Canada recommends that all vessels mooring or transiting adjacent to Quttinirpaaq National Park contact the park office, especially those wishing to disembark onto national park lands as permits, registration, and orientation to the park are required.


Permitting Requirements

Visitor use permits are required for all visitors. A visitor use permit is granted after an advance and mandatory orientation with Parks Canada staff. This permit can be obtained on site at the local park. Contact the park well in advance (at least 90 days) if planning non-routine activities (e.g. other than hiking or skiing), as additional permits may be required.

In addition to visitor use permits, permits are required for operating a business (guiding, outfitting), filming and commercial photography, landing an aircraft, establishing a cache or base camp, or transporting a firearm through the park. Permits must be acquired through the Parks Canada office well in advance of the proposed activities; some permits may take 90 days or more to be issued.

Permit applications for research and collection activities within park boundaries need to be submitted by February 28 for summer and fall field work and by October 30 for winter and spring field work. For details on what is required in research and collection permit applications, please contact

pc.rechercheparcsnunavut-nunavutparksresearch.pc@canada.ca.

Anyone wishing to enter the park for reasons other than those stated above (e.g. other government departments) should contact Parks Canada at least 60 days in advance of their trip.


Reporting of Incidents

All incidents occurring within Quttinirpaaq National Park must be promptly reported to Parks Canada by calling 1-877-852-3100 or 1-780-852-3100.


Contact Information

Quttinirpaaq National Park
Parks Canada
PO Box 278
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0
Phone: 867-975-4673
Fax: 867-975-4674
Email: pc.infonunavut-nunavutinfo.pc@canada.ca


1.2Auyuittuq National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Auyuittuq National Park of Canada


Restrictions

With the exception of Inuit who have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting, all vessels wishing to enter marine areas within Auyuittuq National Park must contact the park office (Office in Pangnirtung - 867-473-2500, Office in Qikiqtarjuaq – 867-927-8834) prior to entering the park.

The following additional restrictions also apply:


Cruise ships are currently not allowed in the fiords located within the park.


Only guided boat access is allowed within Coronation, Maktak and North Pangnirtung Fiords. Coronation and Maktak Fiourds are closed in late summer and fall to respect narwhal harvesting by Inuit. The exact closing dates are set every year when the first whales are seen and the park must be contacted for details on the timing of this closure. Private motorized activities are not permitted. Please contact the Qikiqtarjuaq Office 867-927-8834 for these areas.


Recreational fishing requires a permit.


Additional Recommendations

Parks Canada recommends that all vessels mooring or transiting adjacent to Auyuittuq National Park contact the local park office, especially those wishing to disembark onto national park lands as permits, registration, and orientation to the park are required.


Permitting Requirements

Visitor use permits are required for all visitors. A visitor use permit is granted after a mandatory orientation with Parks Canada staff. This permit can be obtained on site at the local park office. The park office should be contacted in advance if for any reason a visit to the park office will not be possible.


Contact the park well in advance (at least 90 days) if planning non-routine activities (e.g. other than hiking or skiing), as additional permits may be required.


In addition to visitor use permits, permits are required for operating a business (guiding, outfitting), filming and commercial photography, landing an aircraft, establishing a cache or base camp, or transporting a firearm through the park. Permits must be acquired through the Parks Canada office well in advance of the proposed activities; some permits may take 90 days or more to be issued.


Permit applications for research and collection activities within park boundaries need to be submitted by February 28 for summer and fall field work and by October 30 for winter and spring field work. For details on what is required in research and collection permit applications, please contact pc.rechercheparcsnunavut-nunavutparksresearch.pc@canada.ca.


Anyone wishing to enter the park for reasons other than those stated above (e.g. other government departments) should contact Parks Canada at least 60 days in advance of their trip.


Reporting of Incidents

All incidents occurring within Auyuittuq National Park must be promptly reported to Parks Canada by calling 1-877-852-3100 or 1-780-852-3100.


Contact Information


Auyuittuq National Park

or

Auyuittuq National Park

Parks Canada


Parks Canada

PO Box 353


PO Box 122

Pangnirtung, NU


Qikiqtarjuaq, NU

X0A 0R0


X0A 0B0

Phone: 867-473-2500


Phone: 867-927-8834

Fax: 867-473-8612


Fax: 867-927-8454

Email : pc.infonunavut-nunavutinfo.pc@canada.ca



1.3Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Restrictions

With the exception of Inuit who have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting, all vessels wishing to enter marine areas within Sirmilik National Park must contact the park office (867-899-8092) prior to entering the park.

The following additional restrictions also apply:


Access to Oliver Sound requires a permit and/or business license


Recreational fishing requires a permit


Additional Recommendations

Parks Canada recommends that all vessels mooring or transiting adjacent to Sirmilik National Park contact the local park office, especially those wishing to disembark onto national park lands as permits, registration, and orientation to the park are required.


For access to waters adjacent to Bylot Island, the Canadian Wildlife Service should also be contacted because it is responsible for the management of the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which includes a marine component.


Permitting Requirements

Visitor use permits are required for all visitors. A visitor use permit is granted after a mandatory orientation with Parks Canada staff. This permit can be obtained on site at the local park office or in advance of your trip.


Contact the park well in advance (at least 90 days) if planning non-routine activities (e.g. other than hiking or skiing), as additional permits may be required.


In addition to visitor use permits, permits are required for operating a business (guiding, outfitting), filming and commercial photography, landing an aircraft, establishing a cache or base camp, or transporting a firearm through the park. Permits must be acquired through the Parks Canada office well in advance of the proposed activities; some permits may take 90 days or more to be issued.


Permit applications for research and collection activities within park boundaries need to be submitted by February 28 for summer and fall field work and by October 30 for winter and spring field work. For details on what is required in research and collection permit applications, please contact pc.rechercheparcsnunavut-nunavutparksresearch.pc@canada.ca.


Anyone wishing to enter the park for reasons other than those stated above (e.g. other government departments) should contact Parks Canada at least 60 days in advance of their trip.


Reporting of Incidents

All incidents occurring within Sirmilik National Park must be promptly reported to Parks Canada by calling 1-877-852-3100 or 1-780-852-3100.


Contact Information

Sirmilik National Park
Parks Canada
PO Box 300
Pond Inlet, NU
X0A 0S0
Phone: 867-899-8092
Fax: 867-899-8104
Email: pc.infopnsirmilik-sirmiliknpinfo.pc@canada.ca or pc.infonunavut-nunavutinfo.pc@canada.ca


1.4Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada

Restrictions

With the exception of Inuit who have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting, all vessels wishing to enter marine areas within Ukkusiksalik National Park must contact the park office (867-462-4500) prior to entering the park.


The following additional restrictions also apply:


Access to Wager Bay requires a permit and/or business license.


Additional Recommendations

Parks Canada recommends that all vessels mooring or transiting adjacent to Ukkusiksalik National Park contact the local park office, especially those wishing to disembark onto national park waters or lands as permits, registration, and orientation to the park are required. Anyone wishing to enter into, use and travel in Ukkusiksalik National Park, must obtain an entry permit and be accompanied by an authorized Bear Guard while in the park.



Permitting Requirements

Visitor use permits are required for all visitors. A visitor use permit is granted after a mandatory orientation with Parks Canada staff. This permit can be obtained on site at the local park office or in advance of your trip.

Contact the park well in advance (at least 90 days) if planning non-routine activities (e.g. other than hiking or skiing), as additional permits may be required.

In addition to visitor use permits, permits are required for operating a business (guiding, outfitting), filming and commercial photography, landing an aircraft, establishing a cache or base camp, or transporting a firearm through the park. Permits must be acquired through the Parks Canada office well in advance of the proposed activities; some permits may take 90 days or more to be issued.

Permit applications for research and collection activities within park boundaries need to be submitted by February 28 for summer and fall field work and by October 30 for winter and spring field work. For details on what is required in research and collection permit applications, please contact

pc.rechercheparcsnunavut-nunavutparksresearch.pc@canada.ca.

Anyone wishing to enter the park for reasons other than those stated above (e.g. other government departments) should contact Parks Canada at least 60 days in advance of their trip.


Reporting of Incidents

All incidents occurring within Ukkusiksalik National Park should be promptly reported to Parks Canada by calling 1-877-852-3100 or 1-780-852-3100.


Contact Information

Ukkusiksalik National Park
Parks Canada
P.O. Box 220
Repulse Bay, NU
X0C 0H0
Phone: 867-462-4500
Fax: 867-462-4095
Email: pc.infopnukkusiksalik-ukkusiksaliknpinfo.pc@canada.ca or pc.infonunavut-nunavutinfo.pc@canada.ca


1.5Qausuittuq National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Qausuittuq National Park of Canada

Restrictions

With the exception of Inuit who have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting, all vessels wishing to enter marine areas within Qausuittuq National Park must contact the park office (867-252-3000) prior to entering the park.


The following additional restrictions also apply:


Access to May and Young Inlets requires a permit and/or business license.


Permitting Requirements

Visitor use permits are required for all visitors. A visitor use permit is granted after a mandatory orientation with Parks Canada staff. This permit can be obtained on site at the local park office or in advance of your trip.


Contact the park well in advance (at least 90 days) if planning non-routine activities (e.g. other than hiking or skiing), as additional permits may be required.


In addition to visitor use permits, permits are required for operating a business (guiding, outfitting), filming and commercial photography, landing an aircraft, establishing a cache or base camp, or transporting a firearm through the park. Permits must be acquired through the Parks Canada office well in advance of the proposed activities; some permits may take 90 days or more to be issued.


Permit applications for research and collection activities within park boundaries need to be submitted by February 28 for summer and fall field work and by October 30 for winter and spring field work. For details on what is required in research and collection permit applications, please contact pc.rechercheparcsnunavut-nunavutparksresearch.pc@canada.ca.


Anyone wishing to enter the park for reasons other than those stated above (e.g. other government departments) should contact Parks Canada at least 60 days in advance of their trip.


Additional Recommendations

Parks Canada recommends that all vessels mooring or transiting adjacent to Qausuittuq National Park contact the local park office, especially those wishing to disembark onto national park lands as permits, registration, and orientation to the park are required.


Reporting of Incidents

All incidents occurring within Qausuittuq National Park should be promptly reported to Parks Canada by calling 1-877-852-3100 or 1-780-852-3100.


Contact Information

Qausuittuq National Park
Parks Canada
P.O. Box 123
Resolute Bay , NU, X0A 0V0
Phone: 867-252-3000
Email: pc.infonunavut-nunavutinfo.pc@canada.ca


2.Coastal National Parks in Eastern Canada

2.1Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada


Coordinates

Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

Coordinates marking boundary segments passing through open water are given in the table below. These locations are approximate since sand can shift from year to year and during extreme weather events.


ID

Longitude

Latitude

1

64º 54' 35" W

46º 50' 22" N

2

64º 54' 27" W

46º 49' 46" N

3

64º 51' 48" W

46º 46' 16" N

4

64º 51' 16" W

46º 45' 44" N

5

64º 48' 05" W

46º 42' 58" N

6

64º 49' 23" W

46º 42' 54" N


Two wharves operate within Kouchibouguac National Park for the purpose of supporting commercial fishing operations as well as recreational boating.

Coordinates of the wharves are:


ID

Name / Nom

Longitude

Latitude

A

Loggiecroft

64° 55' 48" W

46° 49' 57" N

B

Cap-St-Louis

64° 54' 45" W

46° 46' 02" N


Mariners are advised of the possibility of remnant wharf piles near the surface of the water in two areas of the park. Their depth and visibility varies with the tides and turbidity of the water. Navigate with extreme caution in these areas.

Coordinates of these hazards are :


ID

Name / Nom

Longitude

Latitude

i

St-Olivier

64° 54' 42 W"

46° 46' 17 N"

ii

Arsène

64° 57' 21 W"

46° 50' 46 N"


Notes:

Boundary of outward (or easterly) edge of sand beaches can change from year to year and with extreme weather events which cause sand to shift.


Navigable water channels on the Kouchibouguac River from Loggiecroft Wharf to the Northumberland Strait and on the Kouchibouguacis River from the westerly park boundary to the Northumberland Strait, including the wharf at Cap St-Louis, are marked from April 20 to October 30 subject to ice conditions and fishing seasons.


Coordinates are derived using the NAD83 datum.


Restrictions

Navigation by motorized watercraft in park waters after sunset is prohibited.


Contact Information

Kouchibouguac National Park
Parks Canada
186, Route 117
Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
E4X 2P1
Phone: 506-876-2443
Fax: 506-876-4802
Email: pc.infopnkouchibouguac-kouchibouguacnpinfo.pc@canada.ca


3.National Parks in Central Canada

3.1Thousand Islands National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Thousand Islands National Park





Thousand Islands National Park Map A

Thousand Islands National Park consists of several ecologically important mainland properties and more than 20 islands between Kingston and Brockville.

Established in 1904 as the first Canadian national park east of the Rockies, Thousand Islands celebrated its centennial in 2004. The park islands and mainland properties are protected under the Canada National Park Act (S.C. 2000, c.32).


Restrictions

Thousand Islands manages sixty-two water lots along the park’s shoreline (see Map A below). Most water lots have public access docks or mooring cans which require permits for daily or overnight use. The water lot in front of Central Grenadier Island contains a quiet zone marked by water spars.


Contact

To purchase permits or for further questions concerning Thousand Islands National Park, contact us at:


Thousand Islands National Park
Parks Canada
2 County Rd 5
Mallorytown, ON
K0E 1R0
Phone: 613-923-5261
Email: pc.pnmille-iles-thousandislandsnp.pc@canada.ca
Web: http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/1000


3.2Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Georgian Bay


Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada

Georgian Bay Islands National Park is made up of 48 islands that are strewn along 50 km of eastern Georgian Bay from Honey Harbour to Twelve Mile Bay and are part of the world famous 30,000 Islands. Beausoleil Island is the largest park island and is the hub for activities.

Established in 1929, Georgian Bay Islands National Park straddles an area of St. Lawrence lowlands and pure Canadian Shield and forms a core part of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. The park islands are protected under the Canada National Park Act (S.C. 2000, c.32).


Restrictions

Georgian Bay Islands manages several water lots along the park’s shoreline (see map below). Several water lots have public access docks which require mooring permits.

The water lot in front of Cedar Spring contains a quiet zone marked by water spars and a designated swimming area. The Tobey dock within this water lot is also monitored for length of stay restrictions.


Contact

To purchase permits or for further questions concerning Georgian Bay Islands National Park, contact us at:

Georgian Bay Islands National Park


Parks Canada
901 Wye Valley Rd, Box 9
Midland, ON
L4R 4K6
Phone: 705-527-7200
Fax: 705-526-5939
Email: pc.info.gbi-ibg.pc@canada.ca
Web: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gbi


NOTICE TO MARINERS

General guidelines for National Historic Sites

Under the Canada National Parks Act (S.C. 2000, c. 32), the Parks Canada Agency has the authority to manage national historic sites under its administration on behalf of the people of Canada and is responsible for granting permission to enter any lands or waters for which it has jurisdiction. Visitor permits and/or business licenses may be required to enter a national historic site, and other permitting requirements may exist.


For general information regarding Canada's National Historic Sites, please contact the Parks Canada National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888 or pc.information.pc@canada.ca, or visit our website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca.


Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site of Canada

In 1992, the wrecks HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were designated as a national historic site under the Historic Sites and Monuments Act, despite the locations of both wrecks being unknown at that time. The wrecks were designated for their direct association with Sir John Franklin’s last expedition. In September 2014, an expedition led by Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus. Two years later, the wreck of HMS Terror was located.


In April 2015, a 10 km by 10 km area of seabed surrounding HMS Erebus was added to the National Historic Sites of Canada Order. In 2017, the site of HMS Terror was added, comprising a protected area measuring 57.8 km2 (approximately 6 km by 10 km). The sites now benefit from legal protection under the Canada National Parks Act (S.C. 2000, c. 32) and relevant regulations, which prohibit the removal of artifacts and allow for control of access and activities that may damage the wrecks. This is the 168th national historic site administered by Parks Canada and the first in Nunavut to be co-managed with Inuit.

Coordinates


HMS Erebus Component


HMS Terror Component


Restrictions and Permitting Requirements


1.No person shall enter the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site of Canada without written authorization from the Field Unit Superintendent, except where a person is an Inuk accessing the site for harvesting as provided in the Nunavut Agreement (NA). Cruise ships and other vessels are currently not allowed in the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site of Canada unless authorized by the Field Unit Superintendent.

Anyone wishing to enter the national historic site for official reasons (e.g., other government departments) should contact Parks Canada at least 60 days in advance of their trip.


2.No person shall conduct the following restricted activities without written authorization from the Field Unit Superintendent:


a.engaging in activities for the purpose of discovering, surveying or documenting archaeological, historical or cultural resources, including wreck that has heritage value; 
b.engaging in activities that may physically disturb or damage archaeological, historical or cultural resources, including wreck that has heritage value;
c.removing archaeological, historical or cultural resources, including wreck that has heritage value;

d.anchoring, except when undertaken by a beneficiary under the NA for purposes of harvesting; and

e.diving, except when undertaken by a beneficiary under the NA for purposes of harvesting.


Reporting of Incidents

All incidents occurring within the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site of Canada must be promptly reported to the Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre in Iqaluit using the available Canadian Coast Guard marine radio channel or by calling 1-867-979-5269.


Contact Information

Nunavut Field Unit
Parks Canada
PO Box 278
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0
Phone: 867-975-4673
Fax: 867-975-4674
Email: pc.infonunavut-nunavutinfo.ca@canada.ca

Authority: Parks Canada