Rules & Regulations
To maintain its Canadian Heritage River status, the Main River must keep its pristine wilderness quality. This means that all visitors to the Main must "leave only footprints." General guidelines for low-impact visiting or camping are listed below.
Generally, the following activities are prohibited along the river or inside the Heritage River boundary.
- disturbing or destroying habitat
- mining (including exploration), hydro development, and agriculture
- driving off-road vehicles including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), except on existing roads
In addition, visitors should follow these guidelines:
- pack out everything you bring in, including cans, glass, and other refuse
- observe fire guidelines-during some seasons, open fires may be prohibited. Contact your local office of the Department of Natural Resources to determine if open fires are permitted. Completely extinguish fires before leaving.
- Note that aircraft must fly above 300 metres, except during take-off and landing, while in the river system area. Exceptions are allowed during poor weather conditions and emergencies.
Low-Impact Camping Guidelines
- choose reusable containers and utensils
- use camp stoves instead of campfires made from wood you gather
- if you make a campfire, use only small, downed dry dead wood
- burn only paper waste-plastic, foil, and food do not burn completely use only no-phosphate soaps and detergents to wash dishes, clothes, and yourself-and do it in a basin away from the river. Phosphate detergents are toxic for small fish.
- create your own toilet pit at least 300 feet from the water
- dump waste water into toilet pit
- avoid trenching-choose higher ground for wet weather tenting
- sleep on a pad or air mattress, not gathered leaves or evergreen needles
- wear shoes and boots that have low-profile treads (so disturb less soil)
- buy food in bulk to avoid excessive packaging
- bring food in reusable containers or re-sealable plastic bags
- rinse and flatten cans, and take them home to recycle
- keep animals out of your trash-hang the food bag high and away from the campsite
- carry out all of your garbage