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 brochure. The brochure is also available in other languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog.
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 Cypress Hills Provincial Park, after 16 consecutive nights, you must vacate the park for a minimum of 72 hours.
- In group campgrounds, the maximum stay is five consecutive nights.
- 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.
Equipment/People Permitted on a Campsite
- 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, but will be charged as two accommodation units.
- 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.
- 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. Call the campground direct to find out if a second unit will be permitted upon check-in.
- 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.
Deal with Waste Properly
- 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.
- Starting June 1, 2022, if you are camping at a campground participating in the pilot project, some different rules will be in effect. Please see the Fuel Generators section below for details.
- Camping permit holders are responsible for the actions of all camping party members and any visitors to their campsite.
- We are introducing a pilot project, effective June 1, 2022, to reduce noise and improve camper experiences in a few select campgrounds across the province. Click here for more details, including a list of participating campgrounds.
- The following applies to the participating campgrounds.
- Fuel generator (gas, diesel, or propane) use is permitted only between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- A campsite occupant must be present while the fuel generator is being operated.
- 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 reduce the risk of fire.
- The fuel generator exhaust must not be pointed in the direction of a neighbouring campsite.
- Fuel generator use is 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 click here and go to the bottom of the page to submit an exemption request for your visit.
- Visitors should note that a neighbouring campsite during their stay may have a medical exemption
- 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 returning for the night and before leaving your campsite.
- Campfire bans and/or travel restrictions may be implemented when the fire hazard is extreme.
- Campgrounds may be closed if a forest fire situation in the vicinity 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.
- In accordance with the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act.
- Consumption of liquor is restricted to registered campsites, and to some specifically designated provincial day use area picnic sites where liquor is permitted from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
- Liquor may be allowed with special permits when an AGLC liquor license is in place.
- Liquor is prohibited in public areas including:
- on roads, trails and walking paths;
- public beaches;
- in washrooms and shower buildings;
- in cook shelters; and
- in boats.
- With the exception of Comfort Camping sites, Alberta Parks adult visitors may consume cannabis in their registered campsites, (including in RVs being used as a temporary residence in a registered campsite).
- Adult visitors may consume cannabis in public areas where tobacco is permitted.
- Cannabis is not allowed in motorized vehicles (i.e. cars, trucks, SUVs and vans).
- Tobacco and cannabis smoking and vaping are prohibited within 5 meters of playgrounds, sports or playing fields (e.g. bike skills parks), outdoor theatres (e.g. outdoor public education amphitheatres) and outdoor pools or splash pads (e.g. Sikome Aquatic Facility).
- 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.
- Limited use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) may be permitted in some Alberta Parks’ sites. Where it is allowed, riders must stay on designated OHV trails and obey all signs. Check locations where OHVs are permitted. Please follows rules for responsible OHV use.
- Pets are allowed in Alberta’s Provincial Parks and Protected Areas.
- Pets must be kept on a leash, no more than 2m in length, in campgrounds and day use areas and on trails.
- Pets are not allowed in or around comfort camping sites.
- Pets are not allowed:
- In swimming areas
- On beaches
- In buildings
- Pets are not permitted on most groomed ski trails unless designated.
- Please pick up after your pets.
- Please ensure your dog doesn't bark excessively.
- Read Dogs in Parks 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.