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Provincial Parks Regulations

made under Section 37 of the

Provincial Parks Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 367

O.I.C. 89-579 (May 16, 1989, effective May 17, 1989), N.S. Reg. 69/89

as amended to O.I.C. 2015-96 (March 31, 2015, effective April 1, 2015), N.S. Reg. 150/2015


Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the “Provincial Parks Regulations”.


Definitions

2     In these regulations

 

                (a)    “Act” means the Provincial Parks Act;

 

                (b)    “Chief Caretaker” means a person appointed pursuant to Section 3;

 

                (c)    “Department” means the Department of Natural Resources;

 

                (d)    “Minister” means the Minister of Natural Resources;

 

                (e)    “park” means an area of land designated as a provincial park pursuant to Section 8 of the Act;

 

                (f)    “park attendant” includes a conservation officer, a Chief Caretaker and a person appointed as a park attendant pursuant to Section 3;

 

                (g)    “resident” means a person permanently or ordinarily resident in the Province for six months immediately preceding the time residency of that person becomes relevant under these regulations;

 

                (h)    “senior citizen” means a person who is 65 years of age or over and is a resident of Nova Scotia;

 

                (i)     “timber” means all trees of any species or size whether standing, fallen, cut or harvested;

 

                (j)     “vehicle” means a vehicle propelled or driven otherwise than by muscular power, whether or not the vehicle is registered pursuant to the Motor Vehicle Act or Off-Highway Vehicles Act, and includes an airplane;

 

                (k)    “vessel” means a means of conveyance of a kind used on water and includes an accessory to the vessel;

 

                (l)     “wildlife” means a species of vertebrate which is wild by nature and hence not normally dependent on man to directly provide its food, shelter or water;

 

                (m)   “yurt” means a semi-permanent structure that consists of a tent-like covering mounted on a frame and is used for overnight camping.

Clause 2(m) added: O.I.C. 2011-186, N.S. Reg. 191/2011.

Administration

3     (1)    The Minister may appoint a person as a Chief Caretaker to perform in one or more parks such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Minister.

 

       (2)    The Minister may appoint a person, including a casual employee of the Department, as a park attendant to perform in one or more parks such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Minister.

 

       (3)    The Minister may appoint, in one or more parks, a person as a campground host to perform such duties during such term as may be determined from time to time by the Minister.

Subsection 3(3) added: O.I.C. 96-393, N.S. Reg. 99/96.


Park classifications

4     (1)    Pursuant to Section 10 of the Act, the following classification system may be applied by the Minister to parks:

 

                (a)    “wildland park” is a park that incorporates natural landscapes and is suited to low-intensity recreational use, particularly relating to non-motorized backcountry travel;

 

                (b)    “natural heritage reserve” is a park that protects natural features, sites, objects or landscapes of Provincial significance primarily for scientific and educational purposes;

 

                (c)    “historic park” is a park that preserves and protects distinctive historical resources in open space settings and is managed for interpretive, educational and research purposes;

 

                (d)    “natural environment park” is a park that incorporates representative natural landscapes in combination with outstanding recreational resources;

 

                (e)    “outdoor recreational park” is a park that incorporates quality recreational resources capable of supporting a wide variety of outdoor activities and is established to meet the recreational needs of residents and visitors;

 

                (f)    “wayside park” is a park that provides specific recreational facilities and services adjacent to travel corridors or local communities and may be a roadside picnic area, scenic viewpoint, access point, boat launch or small park area of local importance;

 

                (g)    “wildlife park” is a park that provides opportunities for the public to view wildlife in controlled settings and to gain an understanding and appreciation of the characteristics and habitat requirements of wildlife populations in the wild.

 

       (2)    (a)    Pursuant to Section 6 of the Act, a “park reserve” is an area of Crown land set aside and reserved by the Governor in Council for the purpose of protecting those lands which have potential as a park.

 

                (b)    The provisions of the Act and these regulations shall be applicable to a park reserve as if it were a park.

 

       (3)    The Minister may classify a park under any one of the classifications mentioned in subsection (1).

 

       (4)    The Minister may from time to time amend or alter the classification of a park.


Zoning

5     (1)    Pursuant to Section 20 of the Act, a zoning system is hereby prescribed to differentiate lands and waters contained within a park on the basis of the importance attached to their protection as heritage resources and to their suitability for recreational use and associated facility and service development.

 

       (2)    The zoning system within a park may consist of one or more of the following zones:

 

                (a)    an environmental protection zone;

 

                (b)    a resource conservation zone; and

 

                (c)    a recreation development zone.

 

       (3)    (a)    An environmental protection zone includes an area of a park that is highly sensitive or contains significant natural or historic resources that require protection.

 

                (b)    An area zoned as an environmental protection zone permits interpretative, educational and scientific activities where these activities do not conflict with the underlying protection objectives of the zone.

 

       (4)    (a)    A resource conservation zone includes an area of a park that contains significant natural, cultural and recreational features and landscapes that require a high standard of conservation.

 

                (b)    An area zoned as a resource conservation zone permits activities which do not conflict with the inherent natural character and aesthetic qualities of the park resource base.

 

       (5)    A recreational development zone includes an area of a park that is capable of supporting the development of facilities and services associated with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.

 

       (6)    (a)    The Minister may establish a zoning system for a park in a management plan.

 

                (b)    For the purpose of these regulations, a management plan means a document prepared by the Department and approved by the Minister which provides direction for the protection and management of a park and provision for visitor facilities and services.

 

       (7)    The Minister may establish special management guidelines to apply to a zone as defined in subsection (2).


Management of lands adjacent to a park

6     The Minister may enter into a management agreement with the owner or occupier of land adjacent to a park.


Occupation of land in park

7     No person shall occupy land in a park except

 

                (a)    under authority of a licence, privilege or concession granted under Section 17 of the Act;

 

                (b)    under authority of a lease or licence issued or granted under the Act or regulations; or

 

                (c)    under authority of the Act and regulations respecting the use of a park for recreational purposes.


Designated areas

8     (1)    (a)    The Minister may by sign, notice, map or other device designate a park or a certain area of a park as a campground for camping use only.

 

                (b)    For the purpose of these regulations, an area designated under clause (a) shall be referred to as a “campground” or words to like effect.

 

                (c)    Unless authorized by the Minister, no person shall picnic in an area designated as a campground unless that person is the holder of a valid campsite permit.

 

       (2)    (a)    The Minister may by sign, notice, map or other device designate a park or a certain area of a park for day use only.

 

                (b)    For the purpose of these regulations, an area designated under clause (a) shall be referred to as a “day use park” or a “day use area” or words to like effect.

 

                (c)    Unless authorized by the Minister, no person shall camp in an area designated as a day use park or day use area.

 

       (3)    (a)    The Minister may by sign, notice, map or other device designate a park or a certain area of a park for group camping use.

 

                (b)    For the purpose of these regulations, an area designated under clause (a) shall be referred to as a “group camping area” or words to like effect.

 

       (4)    The Minister may by sign, notice, map or other device designate an area of a park for a special or restricted use.


Closing time in a day use park

9     Unless a sign or notice is posted otherwise, the daily closing time in a day use park or day use area shall be one hour after sunset.


Issuance of a campsite permit

10   (1)    No person shall occupy a campsite in a park unless that person is the holder of a valid campsite permit for that park.

 

       (2)    A park attendant is authorized to issue a campsite permit and to collect a fee for the permit.

 

       (3)    Subject to these regulations, a park attendant may issue a campsite permit to a person upon receipt of the prescribed fee.

 

       (4)    If there is reasonable and probable cause, a park attendant may refuse to issue a campsite permit to a person.

 

       (5)    No person under 16 years of age may apply for a campsite permit in a park unless that person is accompanied in the park by a person who is 19 years of age or over and who accepts responsibility in the park for the conduct of the person under 16 years of age.

 

       (6)    A park attendant may assign a specific campsite to a person who obtains a campsite permit.

 

       (7)    It shall be an offence for a person to transfer or assign a campsite permit to another person.

 

       (8)    It shall be an offence for a person to contravene any term or condition contained on a campsite permit.


Campsite restrictions

11   (1)    (a)    A campsite permit authorizes the holder thereof to occupy a campsite in a park for which it is issued with no more than one vehicle along with tents, trailers or other shelter accommodations needed to house those persons covered in the campsite permit for the period of time authorized by the permit.

 

                (b)    For the purpose of clause (a), a vehicle attached to a motor home by a fixed tow bar shall be considered one vehicle.

 

                (c)    Despite clause (a), a park attendant may, where the park attendant is of the opinion that there is sufficient space at a campsite, issue a permit allowing the holder of the campsite permit to park one additional vehicle at the campsite.

Clause (11)(1)(c) added: O.I.C. 96-393, N.S. Reg. 99/96.

 

       (2)    Notwithstanding subsection (1), a park attendant may limit the occupancy of a campsite to the number of persons, vehicles, tents, trailers and other shelter accommodations as the Minster considers appropriate and, in any case, no more than 6 persons shall occupy any one campsite in a park unless the persons are members of a family unit or are camping in a group camping area.


Duration of campsite permit

12   (1)    Except as provided in subsections (2), (4) and (5), no campsite permit shall be issued to a person within a park for more than fourteen days.

Subsection 12(1) amended: O.I.C. 96-393, N.S. Reg. 99/96.

 

       (2)    A person who has been registered in a park for fourteen days may re-register thereafter on a daily basis provided a campsite is available and other persons are not waiting to use the campground.

 

       (3)    Unless a park attendant directs otherwise, registration under subsection (2) will only be permitted after the hour of 3 p.m. local time.

 

       (4)    In a park where campsites are available, a park attendant may exempt re-registering on a daily basis.

 

       (5)    A park attendant may issue a campsite permit to a campground host for the term of the campground host's appointment.

Subsection 12(5) added: O.I.C. 96-393, N.S. Reg. 99/96.


Closing time/quiet time in campground

13   (1)    (a)    The daily closing time for a visitor in a campground or a group camping area shall be the hour of 10:30 p.m. local time.

 

                (b)    Notwithstanding clause (a), the park attendant may set an earlier closing time for a campground or group camping area.

 

       (2)    It shall be an offence for a person to remain in a park after the hour of 10:45 p.m. local time unless that person is the holder of a valid campsite permit.

 

       (3)    (a)    In a park, the time period from the hour of 10:30 p.m. local time until sunrise of the following day is designated as “quiet time”.

 

                (b)    It shall be an offence for a person during quiet time in a park to create or allow a noise to be made which will or might disturb the enjoyment of another person in the park.


Expiry time of campsite permit

14   (1)    A campsite permit expires at the hour of 1 p.m. local time on the last day of the period for which it is issued.

 

       (2)    Where a campsite permit is issued to a person, the person shall not leave the campsite unattended for a period exceeding forth-eight hours without the written permission of a park attendant.

 

       (3)    Where the holder of a campsite permit fails to comply with subsection (2), a park attendant may cancel the permit without refunding any part of the fees paid for the campsite permit.


Cancellation of privileges

15   (1)    The holder of a campsite permit shall make it available for inspection at all times and shall produce the campsite permit for inspection upon request of a park attendant.

 

       (2)    Where a park attendant has reasonable and probable grounds to believe that the holder of a campsite permit or day visitor has violated any provision of the Act or these regulations, the park attendant may by verbal or written notice cancel the campsite permit or revoke the permission of the day visitor to remain in the park.

 

       (3)    No person whose campsite permit has been cancelled or day visitor whose privileges have been revoked pursuant to subsection (2) shall within the following 72 hour period enter or attempt to enter the park unless that person has the permission of a park attendant.

 

       (4)    A park attendant shall have due regard for public, personal and property protection and safety and shall enlist the cooperation of the R.C.M.P. or the Municipal Police if such action is deemed necessary by the park attendant.


Campsite fees

16   (1)    The fees for campsite permits are as follows:.

 

                (a)    in a park not serviced by a flush toilet and shower, $20.00 per day, inclusive of any applicable tax.

 

                (b)    in a park serviced by a flush toilet and shower, $26.70 per day, inclusive of any applicable tax.

Subsection 16(1) replaced: O.I.C. 2007-633, N.S. Reg. 452/2007; amended: O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 150/2015.

 

       (1A) Despite subsection (1), a campsite permit may be issued free of charge to any person where the person provides campsite services to the Department within the park at the request of a park attendant.

Subsection 16(1A) added: O.I.C. 2007-633, N.S. Reg. 452/2007.

 

       (1B) Despite clauses [(1)](a) and (b), the fee for a campsite permit to use a campsite that provides water and electrical service, commonly known as a 2-way serviced campsite, is $35.60 per day, inclusive of any applicable tax.

Subsection 16(1B) added: O.I.C. 2007-633, N.S. Reg. 452/2007; amended: O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 150/2015.

 

       (1C) The fee for a campsite reservation is $9.00.

Subsection 16(1C) added: O.I.C. 2007-633, N.S. Reg. 452/2007; replaced: O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 125/2011.

 

       (1D) The fee for any cancellation of or change to a campsite reservation is $7.00.

Subsection 16(1D) added: O.I.C. 2007-633, N.S. Reg. 452/2007; replaced: O.I.C. 2011-110, N.S. Reg. 125/2011.

 

       (1E) Despite subsection (1), the fee for a campsite permit to use a campsite that provides a yurt is $59.95, inclusive of any applicable tax, for up to 4 people, plus an additional $10.90 per person for each person in excess of 4, inclusive of any applicable tax.

Subsection 16(1E) added: O.I.C. 2011-186, N.S. Reg. 191/2011; replaced: O.I.C. 2013-105, N.S. Reg. 151/2013; amended: O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 150/2015.

 

       (2)    The fees for group camping permits are as follows:

 

                         (a)    in a park with no flush toilet and shower, $20.00 per day, inclusive of any applicable tax, plus $2.35 per day, inclusive of any tax, for each person in excess of 6;

 

                         (b)    in a park with a flush toilet and shower, $26.70 per day, inclusive of any applicable tax, plus $2.35 per day, inclusive of any tax, for each person in excess of 6.

Subsection 16(2) replaced: O.I.C. 2013-105, N.S. Reg. 151/2013; amended: O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 150/2015.

 

       (3)    Any fee specified in this Section shall be paid in advance for the total number of days of occupancy to be authorized by the campsite permit or group camping permit.

 

       (4)    The fee to use a camping trailer sewage disposal unit in a park for any person who does not hold a valid campsite permit or group camping permit is $6.55 per dumping inclusive of any applicable tax.

Subsection 16(4) amended: O.I.C. 2001-239, N.S. Reg. 54/2001; O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 150/2015.

 

       (5)    Where a campsite permit is surrendered or cancelled before its expiry date and where an application for a refund is made on a form provided by the Department and filed with the Department, the Minister may allow a refund.

 

       (6)    The fee for a permit issued pursuant to clause 11(1)(c) providing for the parking of one additional vehicle shall be $8.30 per day inclusive of any applicable tax.

Subsection 16(6) added: O.I.C. 96-393, N.S. Reg. 99/96; amended: O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 150/2015.


Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Subsection 16A(1) replaced: O.I.C. 2013-105, N.S. Reg. 151/2013; repealed: O.I.C. 2013-411, N.S. Reg. 343/2013.

Subsection 16A(1A) added: O.I.C. 2007-633, N.S. Reg. 452/2007; replaced: O.I.C. 2013-105, N.S. Reg. 151/2013; repealed: O.I.C. 2013-413, N.S. Reg. 343/2013

Subsection 16A(2) repealed: O.I.C. 2013-413, N.S. Reg. 343/2013

 

16A(3)    Despite the fees prescribed in clauses 16(1)(a) and (b), the following campsite and rental fees, inclusive of any applicable tax, apply in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park:


Service

Fee Per Day

campsite

$26.70

bunkhouse or cabin rental

$59.40 for up to 4 people, plus additional $11.85 per person per night for up to 4 additional people

Subsection 16A(3) replaced: O.I.C. 2013-105, N.S. Reg. 151/2013; amended: O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 150/2015.


 

       (4)    For greater certainty, except as provided in this Section, all provisions of these regulations apply to Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.

Section 16A added: O.I.C. 1998-351, N.S. Reg. 52/98.


Senior citizens

17   (1)    Despite the fees for campsite permits prescribed in Sections 16 and 16A, a person who is 65 years of age or over may be issued a campsite permit for a fee of $2.35 less than the prescribed fee per day, inclusive of any applicable tax, provided that the person

 

                (a)    is obtaining the permit for his or her own personal use of the campsite; and

 

                (b)    presents proof of age to the park attendant.

Subsection 17(1) replaced: O.I.C. 2001-239, N.S. Reg. 54/2001; amended: O.I.C. 2015-96, N.S. Reg. 150/2015.


Subsection 17(1A) added: O.I.C. 96-393, N.S. Reg. 99/96; repealed: O.I.C. 2001-239, N.S. Reg. 54/2001.

 

       (2)    For the purpose of subsection (1), proof of age may be shown by producing a social security card issued to the senior citizen, a Nova Scotia Pharmacare card, a Nova Scotia drivers licence, a birth or baptismal certificate or such other proof as may be deemed acceptable by a park attendant.

Subsection 17(2) amended: O.I.C. 2001-239, N.S. Reg. 54/2001.

 

       (3)    Unless approved otherwise by a park attendant, a permit issued pursuant to subsection (1) authorizes the holder thereof to occupy the campsite with the holder's spouse or with one or more senior citizens or with any person 17 years of age or under provided there are not more than 6 persons occupying the campsite.

 

       (4)    No person 18 years of age or over who is not included in the list of persons mentioned in subsection (3) shall occupy a campsite under a permit held by a senior citizen unless the prescribed fee for a campsite permit is paid pursuant to Section 16.

Agricultural lease/permit

18   (1)    No person shall carry on agricultural production or livestock grazing in a park unless that person possesses either a valid lease or licence issued pursuant to these regulations.

 

       (2)    Upon written application, the Minister may issue a lease or licence under subsection (1) in an area designated in a park provided such usage is not detrimental to the purpose and operation of the park.

 

       (3)    Subject to Section [subsection] 17(2) of the Act, an agricultural or grazing lease or licence issued under these regulations shall be for such period of time as determined by the Minister and shall include terms and conditions deemed appropriate by the Minister with respect to the use of the land.


Aggregate removal

19   (1)    No person shall remove sand, gravel or other aggregate from a park.

 

       (2)    Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Department may operate a quarry in a park to provide quarriable substances needed to construct and maintain roads, buildings, installations and other facilities within a park.

 

       (3)    Subsection (1) does not apply to a lease or licence to remove aggregate from a park which was issued before these regulations came into effect.


Mining

20   (1)    Except as directed otherwise by an Order of the Governor in Council, all provincial parks are reserved by the Crown from mineral exploration and mining development.

 

       (2)    Subsection (1) does not apply to mineral exploration and mining development in Moose River Provincial Park or in any other park provided such activities were authorized before these regulations came into effect.


Removal of timber

21   (1)    Subject to subsection (2), no person shall cut or remove timber from a park.

 

       (2)    Subject to the prior approval of the Director of Parks and Recreation, the Department or a contractor of the Department may harvest timber from any area of a park provided the harvesting is carried out for the purpose of development or management of the park.


Conduct of persons in a park

22   Except with the permission of the Minister, no person while in a park shall

 

                (a)    cut, damage or remove any plant, shrub, flower or tree;

 

                (b)    remove any artifact or object of natural curiosity or interest;

 

                (c)    make an excavation;

 

                (d)    alter, damage, or destroy any watercourse;

 

                (e)    display a sign or advertisement;

 

                (f)    solicit, sell or offer for sale any article, service, or thing, carry on any business, or use a campsite or other area for pecuniary gain; or

 

                (g)    remove, damage or deface any real or personal property belonging to or claimed by the Crown or other persons.


Clean condition

23   Every person using a campsite, day use area or other area in a park shall maintain the area in a condition deemed satisfactory by the park attendant and shall leave the area in a clean and sanitary condition.


Domestic animals

24   (1)    No person who owns or is in control of a domestic animal shall permit it

 

                (a)    to be at large in a park;

 

                (b)    to be in waters designated as a swimming area in a park;

 

                (c)    to be at large upon any part of a beach or day use area adjacent to a swimming area;

 

                (d)    to make excessive noise; or

 

                (e)    to disturb other persons.

 

       (2)    For the purpose of subsection (1), a domestic animal is deemed to be at large unless the animal is on a leash which does not exceed six feet in length and which is handheld or securely tied and restricts the animal from running loose.

 

       (3)    No person shall drive, walk or ride a horse, pony or other domestic animal in a park except in an area designated by a park attendant for that purpose.

 

       (4)    No person who owns or is in control of a domestic animal shall fail to clean up any animal excrement or mess left by the animal in a park.


Fires

25   (1)    Subject to the Forests Act and regulations made pursuant thereto, no person shall have a fire in a park other than in a fireplace or grill provided for that purpose or in an area designated by a park attendant.

 

       (2)    Except with the permission of a park attendant, no person shall have in their possession or ignite fireworks in a park.

 

       (3)    No person shall leave a fire in a park until it is completely extinguished.

 

       (4)    No person in a park shall drop or discard a burning match or an ignited cigar, cigarette or other burning substance.


Sports and other activities

26   (1)    No sport, community event or other activity organized outside of a park shall be permitted within a park.

 

       (2)    Notwithstanding subsection (1), a park attendant may permit a sport, community event or other activity organized outside of a park to take place within designated areas of the park at such times as the park attendant may prescribe.


Hunting and trapping

27   Except with written permission of the Minister, no person shall, while in a park,

 

                (a)    hunt, trap, take, destroy or snare wildlife or attempt to hunt, trap, take, destroy or snare wildlife;

 

                (b)    possess or discharge a loaded firearm or bow;

 

                (c)    possess an unloaded firearm or bow unless the firearm or bow is permitted to be carried under the Wildlife Act and the regulations made thereunder, and

 

                         (i)     is in a case which is properly fastened,

 

                         (ii)    is completely wrapped in a material which is securely tied around the firearm or bow,

 

                         (iii)   is in the locked compartment of a vehicle and the contents of the compartment are not accessible to the occupants of the vehicle from inside the vehicle, or

 

                         (iv)   in the case of a firearm, is rendered inoperable by the attachment of a trigger lock to the firearm.

Section 27 replaced: O.I.C. 97-369, N.S. Reg. 69/97.


Fishing

28   (1)    Except as provided in subsection (2), fishing as authorized in the Wildlife Act or regulations thereunder is permitted in a park.

 

       (2)    No person shall fish or attempt to fish in Round Lake situate in Lewis Lake Provincial Park unless the person is issued a special permit by the Department or the person falls into a class of persons identified on signs posted by the Department who are permitted to fish in that park.


Vehicles

29   (1)    Except with the permission of a park attendant, it shall be an offence for any person who is not the holder of a valid campsite permit to bring a vehicle or vessel in a campground or group camping area.

 

       (2)    No person shall operate a vehicle in a park except on a roadway or other place designated for that purpose.

 

       (3)    No person shall operate a vehicle or vessel in a park other than in accordance with the laws of the Province of Nova Scotia.

 

       (4)    It shall be an offence for a person operating a vehicle in a park to fail to produce a valid drivers licence and permit when requested to do so by a park attendant provided the Province requires a licence and permit to operate such a vehicle.

 

       (5)    No person shall operate a vehicle or vessel in a park at a rate of speed in excess of the speed posted or, if no signs are posted, at a speed in excess of that prescribed by the laws of the Province of Nova Scotia or any other statute.


Off-highway vehicles

30   No person shall operate an off-highway vehicle in a park unless

 

                (a)    it is used in an area designated by a park attendant for the use of off-highway vehicles; or

 

                (b)    it is required to perform a service, maintenance or enforcement function in a park.


Parking of vehicles or vessels

31   (1)    Except as authorized by a park attendant, it shall be an offence for a person to park a vehicle in a position or place in a park that prevents or is likely to prevent free and convenient movement of other vehicles or to park in any area in a park where parking is prohibited by regulatory signs or by verbal directions of a park attendant.

 

       (2)    The Minister may designate one or more areas in a park for parking vehicles or for berthing, mooring, anchoring, beaching, launching or docking of vessels.

 

       (3)    It shall be an offence to leave a vehicle or vessel in an area designated by a sign or notice where parking or docking is prohibited or where parking or docking certain classes of vehicles or vessels is prohibited.


Vessels

32   (1)    No person shall operate a vessel at a rate of speed in excess of 5 miles per hour within 200 feet of the shoreline of a park.

 

       (2)    Subsection (1) applies whether or not the area within 200 feet of the shoreline of a park is included within the designated boundaries of a park.

 

       (3)    The Minister may by sign or notice prohibit a vessel or other activity in an area designated for swimming, whether or not such area is included within the designated boundaries of a park.

 

       (4)    No person shall leave a vessel unattended except

 

                (a)    on land occupied by permit issued under the Act or these regulations; or

 

                (b)    in an area provided for that purpose in a camping area in respect of which that person occupies a campsite permit.


Signs/notices

33   (1)    The Minister may cause to be marked or erected a sign, notice, map or other device in a park to

 

                (a)    prescribe rates of speed for a vehicle or vessel in a park;

 

                (b)    restrict the type of vessel, including the horsepower thereof, that may be brought into a park and the use that may be made of the type of vessel in a park or on waters contiguous to a park;

 

                (c)    permit, prohibit or regulate parking of a vehicle or vessel or a certain class of vehicles or vessels in a park;

 

                (d)    permit, prohibit or regulate use of domestic animals in a park;

 

                (e)    designate a road as a one way road in a park;

 

                (f)    require a vehicle or vessel to stop in a park;

 

                (g)    close a road or watercourse in a park to all or a class of vehicles or vessels;

 

                (h)    limit the hours during a day when a road or watercourse in a park may be used;

 

                (i)     permit, prohibit or regulate pedestrian traffic in a park; or

 

                (j)     permit, prohibit or regulate other activities or entry in a park.


Traffic directions

34   (1)    Where a park attendant considers it necessary to

 

                (a)    ensure orderly movement of traffic;

 

                (b)    prevent injury or damage to persons or property;

 

                (c)    permit proper action in an emergency; or

 

                (d)    prevent unnecessary or excessive noise or disturbance,

 

the park attendant may restrict entry to a park and give directions required to direct traffic and persons within a park.

 

       (2)    It shall be an offence for a person not to obey the directions of a park attendant given pursuant to subsection (1).

 

       (3)    The operator of a vehicle or vessel shall obey the directions of a park attendant notwithstanding the presence of a sign directing otherwise.

 

       (4)    Subject to subsection (3), it shall be an offence for a person to fail to comply with a sign, notice, map or other device governing or controlling conduct of a person, vehicle, vessel or domestic animal in a park.


Directions to leave park

35   No person who is ordered to leave a park pursuant to Section 31 of the Act shall within a period of 72 hours immediately following the time when the person leaves the park enter or attempt to enter the park unless the person has permission from a park attendant.


Damage/theft of property

36   The Minister shall not be liable for damage or theft of personal property belonging to a user of a park unless the damage or theft is caused by the negligence of a servant, agent or employee of the Minister.


Removal of property

37   (1)    A park attendant may remove or have removed from a park or a campsite any personal property owned or in the custody or control of a holder of a campsite permit whose permit has been cancelled or a day visitor to a park whose privileges have been revoked.

 

       (2)    The owner or person who had custody or control of any personal property removed under subsection (1) shall be responsible for any expenses incurred by the Department in removing and storing the property.

 

       (3)    If property removed under subsection (1) is not reclaimed within three months from the date of removal, the property is thereupon forfeited to Her Majesty in right of the Province and may be disposed of in the manner provided in Section 32 of the Act.

 

       (4)    A park attendant shall have due regard for public, personal and property protection and safety and shall enlist the cooperation of the R.C.M.P. or the Municipal Police if such action is deemed necessary by the park attendant.


Penalty

38   Any person convicted of a violation of any provision of these regulations shall incur a penalty of not less than fifty dollars nor more than one thousand dollars.


Repeal of old regulations

39   Regulations made by Order in Council 85-1204 dated the 5th day of November, 1985, as amended by Order in Council 86-382 dated the 15th day of April, 1986 are rescinded as and from the 17th day of May, 1989.


Effective date of new regulations

40   These regulations shall come into force on, from and after the 17th day of May, 1989.