Fisheries and Land Resources

Rules & Regulations

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. This is true at Burnt Cape, although because of the rare plants' vulnerability, taking a guided tour is strongly recommended.


At the Burnt Cape Ecological Reserve:

  • No entry permit is required, though visitors are asked to avoid walking on the tiny arctic-alpine plants while in the reserve.
  • Because of the vulnerability of the plants, camping, hunting, fishing, and trapping are not permitted in the reserve, and building fires is prohibited.
  • Taking plant cuttings and seeds is prohibited.

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

  • disturbing, destroying, or removing plants or animals
  • introducing plants, animals, or anything else to the reserve landscape
  • forestry, mining (including exploration), hydro development, agriculture, new roads, tracks, or building construction
  • driving off-road vehicles including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)

Photographers should be particularly careful not to step on one tiny plant when getting the "best shot" of another.

Read the official reserve regulations:

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