Biodiversity protection and habitat conservation are two of the key purposes of ecological reserves, so certain rules apply within all the reserves in the province.
The public can visit most ecological reserves for educational purposes or low-impact recreational activities, such as hiking or sightseeing. These activities have certain restrictions due to the significance and sensitivity of the site. Access to Middle Lawn Island is by special permit only, in order to limit disturbances to seabirds during breeding, and their burrows year-round. During the breeding season (March 15 - October 30), access to Swale and Colombier Islands is also by special permit only. At that time only those conducting approved scientific research, people with valid access permits, and authorized government personnel can visit the seabird nesting areas. There are no access restrictions for hiking on Swale and Colombier Islands outside of the breeding season.
The following activities are strictly prohibited in all wilderness and ecological reserves:
In addition, at Lawn Bay Ecological Reserve:
More information on rules and regulations for scientific researchers, fishers, local residents, commercial tour boat operators, Coast Guard staff, and other potential visitors are available online or by contacting the Natural Areas Program.
Read the official reserve regulations: