Fisheries and Land Resources

Rules & Regulations

Wilderness conservation is one of the province's reserve system's primary goals, so there are rules governing activities within all of our wilderness and ecological reserves. Some rules are universal, some vary with each reserve.

All wilderness reserves are open to a range of low-impact recreational activities-entry permits are required.

The following activities are strictly prohibited in all wilderness and ecological reserves:

  • Disturbing, destroying, or removing plants, animals, or fossils
  • Introducing plants, animals, or anything else to the reserve landscape
  • Forestry, mining (including exploration), hydro development, agriculture, new roads, tracks, or buildings
  • Driving off-road vehicles including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)

In the Avalon Wilderness Reserve, the following regulations also apply:

  • Entry permit is required. You must carry your entry permit (and other applicable permits) with you while in the reserve.
  • Camping in one location is restricted to a maximum of 10 days.
  • You must pack out everything you bring in, including cans, glass, and other refuse.
  • No snowmobiling is permitted in the reserve.
  • Dogs and horses are permitted, if they are kept under control at all times.
  • Outboard motors are restricted to Cape, Mount Carmel, Franks , Bloody, Blackwood, and Southwest Ponds or other ponds accessible by road, and must not exceed 6 hp.
  • The use of ATVs for game retrieval is not allowed in the reserve.
  • Aircraft must fly above 300 metres, except during take-off and landing.
  • 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.

Read the official reserve regulations:

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