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 Watts Point, although because of the rare plants' vulnerability, visitors are asked to be careful and watch their step.

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 building construction
  • Driving off-road vehicles including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)

At the Watts Point 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 and building fires are not permitted in the reserve.
  • Taking seeds, seedlings, or plant cuttings is prohibited.
Fernald's Braya

Read the official reserve regulations:

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