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.
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 addition, at Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve:
- Pets are not permitted in the reserve.
- A person may enter the reserve with a service animal which is to be is kept under control at all times.
- No hunting is allowed in the reserve.
- Motorized boats are not permitted within 100 metres of the cliffs containing nesting birds during the breeding season (April 1-October 30).
- Non-motorized boats can approach to 20 metres of the cliffs containing nesting birds during the breeding season (April 1-October 30).
Complete rules and regulations for scientific researchers, fishers, local residents, commercial tour boat operators, Coast Guard staff, and other potential visitors are available online.
Read the official reserve regulations: