5B GENERAL 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. Coastal National Parks in Nunavut

With the exception of beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement,  anyone entering the boundaries of 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.With the exception of beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement, anyone entering the boundaries of 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.

1.1 Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Quttinirpaaq National Park of Canada

Restrictions

All vessels wishing to enter marine areas within Quttinirpaaq National Park must contact the park office prior to entering the park: 867-975-4673.

The following additional restrictions also apply:

  • Cruise ship access is only allowed in Tanquary Fiord.
  • Private motorized activities are not permitted in the park.
  • Recreational fishing is prohibited in all park waters.
  •  Inuit have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting.

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 - 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.

Business licences - required for all businesses operating within park boundaries. This licence must be obtained by contacting Parks Canada at least 45 days in advance of your trip.

In addition to visitor use and business licences, all persons wishing to carry out research and collection, aircraft landing, or filming/photography will require additional permitting which requires at least 45 days notice to Parks Canada.

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: nunavut.info@pc.gc.ca

1.2 Auyuittuq National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Auyuittuq National Park of Canada

Restrictions

All vessels wishing to enter marine areas within Auyuittuq National Park must contact the park office prior to entering the park: 867-473-2500.

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 fiords 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.
  • Recreational fishing requires a permit.
  •  Inuit have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting.

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 - 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.

Business licenses - required for all businesses operating within park boundaries. This license must be obtained by contacting Parks Canada at least 45 days in advance of your trip.

In addition to visitor use and business licenses, all persons wishing to carry out research and collection, aircraft landing, or filming/photography will require additional permitting which requires at least 45 days notice to Parks Canada.

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 
Parks Canada 
PO Box 353 
Pangnirtung, NU 
X0A 0R0 
Phone: 867-473-2500 
Fax: 867-473-8612 
Email: nunavut.info@pc.gc.ca

1.3 Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Sirmilik National Park of Canada

Restrictions

With the exception of beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement,  anyone entering the boundaries of 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 within Sirmilik National Park must contact the park office prior to entering the park: 867-899-8092.

The following additional restrictions also apply:

  • Access to Oliver Sound requires a permit and/or business license.
  • Recreational fishing requires a permit.
  • Inuit have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting.

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 Recommendations

Visitor use permits - 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.

Business licences - required for all businesses operating within park boundaries. This licence must be obtained by contacting Parks Canada at least 45 days in advance of your trip.

In addition to visitor use and business licences, all persons wishing to carry out research and collection, aircraft landing, or filming/photography will require additional permitting which requires at least 45 days notice to Parks Canada.

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: sirmilik.info@pc.gc.ca

1.4 Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada

Restrictions

With the exception of beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, anyone entering the boundaries of 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 within Ukkusiksalik National Park must contact the park office prior to entering the park: 867-462-4500.

The following additional restrictions also apply:

  • Access to Wager Bay requires a permit and/or business license.
  • Recreational fishing requires a permit.
  • Inuit have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting.

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 lands as permits, registration, and orientation to the park are required.

Permitting Requirements

Visitor use permits - 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.

Business licences - required for all businesses operating within park boundaries. This licence must be obtained by contacting Parks Canada at least 45 days in advance of your trip.

In addition to visitor use and business licences, all persons wishing to carry out research and collection, aircraft landing, or filming/photography will require additional permitting which requires at least 45 days notice to Parks Canada.

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 must 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: ukkusiksalik.info@pc.gc.ca

1.5 Qausuittuq National Park of Canada

Coordinates

Qausuittuq National Park of Canada

Restrictions

Inuit have the free and unrestricted right of access to the national park for the purpose of harvesting as provided in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA).

Additional Recommendations

  • All vessels wishing to enter Qausuittuq National Park waters should contact the park office prior to doing so at: 867-975-4673. 
  • All vessels mooring or transiting adjacent to Qausuittuq National Park should contact the local park office, especially those wishing to disembark onto national park lands as permits, registration, and orientation to the park may be required.

Parks Canada recommends: 

Reporting of Incidents

All incidents occurring within Qausuittuq National Park must 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 278 
Repulse Bay, NU 
X0C 0H0 
Phone: 867-975-4673 
Fax: 867-975-4674 
Email: nunavut.info@pc.gc.ca

2. Coastal National Parks in Eastern Canada

2.1 Kouchibouguac 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' 34" W 46º 50' 20" N
2 64º 54' 21" W 46º 49' 53" N
3 64º 51' 41" W 46º 46' 18" N
4 64º 51' 10" W 46º 45' 46" 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' 2" N

Notes:

Mariners are advised that there may be unmarked rocks in the Kouchibouguac River channel. A submerged rock pile is located in the channel near Loggiecroft Wharf at the following geographical coordinates: 64° 55' 32" W / 46° 50' 8" N. Exercise extreme caution when navigating in this area.

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: kouch.info@pc.gc.ca 



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 information@pc.gc.ca, or visit our website:http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca

Wrecks of HMS Erebusand HMS TerrorNational Historic Site of Canada 

In 1992, the wrecks HMS Erebus  and HMS Terror  were designated as a national historic site under theHistoric 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. The initial discovery of a shipwreck belonging to the Franklin expedition was confirmed on September 7, 2014. On October 1, 2014, it was announced that the shipwreck had been identified as HMS Erebus

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. The site now benefits 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 wreck. This is the 168th national historic site administered by Parks Canada

Wrecks of HMS erebus historic site of Canada

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 a beneficiary accessing the site for harvesting as provided in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA). Cruise ships and other vessels are currently not allowed in the Wrecks of HMS Erebus  and HMS Terror  National Historic Site of Canada. 

    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:
    1. engaging in activities for the purpose of discovering, surveying or documenting archaeological, historical or cultural resources, including wreck that has heritage value;
    2. engaging in activities that may physically disturb or damage archaeological, historical or cultural resources, including wreck that has heritage value;
    3. removing archaeological, historical or cultural resources, including wreck that has heritage value;
    4. anchoring, except when undertaken by a beneficiary under the NLCA for purposes of harvesting; and
    5. diving, except when undertaken by a beneficiary under the NLCA 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: nunavut.info@pc.gc.ca

Authority: Parks Canada