2018 Cannabis in Parks

Cannabis
Provincial/Territorial Laws
and Regulations

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – British Columbia
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No as per PCA Guidelines
Day Use Areas Yes
Playgrounds No smoking/vaping
Backcountry Yes
Around Visitor Centre No smoking/vaping within a 6m radius
Trails Yes
Townsite public areas Field – yes
Around Park Gates No smoking/vaping within a 6m radius
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Glacier National Park
• Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
• Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve,
National Marine Conservation Area
Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site
• Kootenay National Park
• Mount Revelstoke National Park
• Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
• Yoho National Park

• Abbot Pass Refuge Cabin NHS
• Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site
• Fisgard Lighthouse NHS
• Fort Langley NHS
• Fort Rodd Hill NHS
• Fort St. James NHS
• Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS
• Stanley Park NHS
• Twin Falls Tea House NHS

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis
For More Information
gov.bc.ca/cannabis
Notes
BC will prohibit cannabis smoking and vaping:
• in provincial parks, except in designated areas including a visitor’s campsite,
• everywhere tobacco smoking and vaping are prohibited;
o including within 6m of a doorway, window, or air intake of a workplace or a building to which
the public has access;

• at or within a prescribed distance (to be determined) of a sports field, swimming pool, playground,
skate park, and;
o at a deck, seating area, or other place used in association with one of those places.

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Alberta
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No as per PCA Guidelines
Day Use Areas Yes
Playgrounds No smoking/vaping within a 5m radius
Backcountry Yes
Around Visitor Centre No smoking/vaping within a 5m radius
Trails Yes
Townsite public areas

Banff – no (municipal bylaw)
Jasper – no (municipal bylaw)
Lake Louise – yes
Waterton Park – yes

Around Park Gates No smoking/vaping within a 5m radius
Minimum Age: 18
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Banff National Park
• Elk Island National Park
• Jasper National Park
• Waterton Lakes National Park

• Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
• Cave and Basin National Historic Site
• Maligne Lake Chalet and Guest House
National Historic Site
• Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
• Skoki Ski Lodge National Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity Orders in order
to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks Canada’s website to find
out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis
For More Information
alberta.ca/cannabis
https://aglc.ca/cannabis
Notes
“In an effort to protect children and limit second-hand exposure, public smoking or vaping of cannabis in
Alberta will be prohibited from any place where tobacco is restricted*, and in the following places:
• on any hospital property, school property or child care facility property
• in or within 5 metres from: playground, a sports or playing field, a skateboard or bicycle park, a zoo,
an outdoor theatre, an outdoor pool or splash pad
• from any motor vehicles, with the exception of those being used as a temporary residences, such as
a parked RV”

  • It is illegal to smoke/vape cannabis or tobacco within 5m of a doorway, window, or air intake of a workplace
    or a building to which the public has access.

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Saskatchewan
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No
Day Use Areas No
Playgrounds No
Backcountry No (except at campsites)
Around Visitor Centre No
Trails No
Townsite public areas No
Around Park Gates No
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Grasslands National Park
• Prince Albert National Park

• Batoche National Historic Site
• Fort Battleford National Historic Site
• Fort Walsh National Historic Site
• Motherwell Homestead National
Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis
For More Information
saskatchewan.ca/cannabis
Notes

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Manitoba
Location Consumption permitted?*
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No
Day Use Areas No
Playgrounds No
Backcountry No (except at campsites)
Around Visitor Centre No
Trails No
Townsite public areas No
Around Park Gates No
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Riding Mountain National Park
• Wapusk National Park

• Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
• Prince of Wales Fort National Historic
Site
• Riel House National Historic Site
• St. Andrew’s Rectory National Historic
Site
• The Forks National Historic Site
• York Factory National Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis
For More Information
manitoba.ca/cannabis
https://lgcamb.ca/cannabis/
Notes
*Manitoba’s legislation only restricts smoking and vaping, not consumption in general (e.g. edibles,
other cannabis products).
It will also be illegal to smoke/vape at provincial parks, including at an individual’s campsite.

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Ontario
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No as per PCA Guidelines
Day Use Areas Yes
Playgrounds No smoking/vaping within a 20m radius
Backcountry Yes
Around Visitor Centre Yes
Trails Yes
Around Park Gates Yes
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks/NMCAs National Historic Sites
• Bruce Peninsula National Park
• Fathom Five National Marine Park
• Georgian Bay Islands National Park
• Lake Superior National Marine
Conservation Area
• Point Pelee National Park
• Pukaskwa National Park
• Rouge National Urban Park
• Thousand Islands National Park

• Battle of the Windmill NHS
• Bellevue House NHS
• Bethune Memorial House NHS
• Fort George NHS
• Fort Henry NHS
• Fort Malden NHS
• Fort St. Joseph NHS
• Fort Wellington NHS
• HMCS Haida NHS
• Kingston Fortifications NHS
• Laurier House NHS
• Point Clark Lighthouse NHS
• Queenston Heights NHS
• Rideau Canal NHS
• Sault Ste. Marie Canal NHS
• Trent-Severn Waterway NHS
• Woodside NHS

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity Orders in order
to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks Canada’s website to find
out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis
For More Information: ontario.ca/cannabis
Notes
The Government of Ontario recently passed amendments to allow for the public consumption of cannabis.

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Quebec
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No as per PCA Guidelines
Day Use Areas Yes
Playgrounds No smoking/vaping within a 9m radius
Backcountry Yes
Around Visitor Centre No smoking/vaping within a 9m radius
Trails Yes
Around Park Gates No smoking/vaping within a 9m radius
Minimum Age: 18
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks/Marine Parks National Historic Sites
• Forillon National
Park
• La Mauricie National
Park
• Mingan Archipelago
National Park
Reserve
• Saguenay–St.
Lawrence Marine
Park

• Battle of Restigouche NHS
• Battle of the Châteauguay NHS
• Carillon Barracks NHS
• Carillon Canal NHS
• Cartier-Brébeuf NHS
• Chambly Canal NHS
• Coteau-du-Lac NHS
• Forges du Saint-Maurice NHS
• Fort Chambly NHS
• Fort Lennox NHS
• Fort Témiscamingue NHS
• Fortifications of Québec NHS
• Grosse Île and the Irish
Memorial NHS

• Lachine Canal NHS
• Louis S. St-Laurent NHS
• Lévis Forts NHS
• Manoir Papineau NHS
• Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse
NHS
• Québec Garrison Club NHS
• Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux
NHS
• Saint-Ours Canal NHS
• Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal
NHS
• Sir George-Étienne Cartier NHS
• Sir Wilfrid Laurier NHS
• The Fur Trade at Lachine NHS

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity Orders in order
to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks Canada’s website to find
out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis
For More Information
https://encadrementcannabis.gouv.qc.ca/en/
Notes
It is illegal to smoke/vape cannabis or tobacco within 9m of a doorway, window, or air intake of a workplace
or a building to which the public has access.
It is illegal to smoke/vape cannabis “on lanes specifically built for bicycle traffic.”
The newly elected government is proposing to change the minimum age to 21 and make public consumption
illegal, the date for the new legislation is unknown.

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – New Brunswick
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No
Day Use Areas No
Playgrounds No
Backcountry No (except at campsites)
Around Visitor Centre No
Trails No
Around Park Gates No
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Fundy National Park
• Kouchibouguac National Park

• Boishébert and Beaubears Island
Shipbuilding National Historic Sites
• Carleton Martello Tower National
Historic Site
• Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland
National Historic Site
• Monument Lefebvre National Historic
Site
• St. Andrew’s Blockhouse National
Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis
For More Information
gnb.ca/cannabis

Notes

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Nova Scotia
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No as per PCA Guidelines
Day Use Areas Yes – except coastal beaches
Playgrounds No smoking/vaping within 20m
Backcountry No smoking/vaping within 9m of public trails;

otherwise, yes

Around Visitor Centre No smoking/vaping within 4m
Trails No smoking/vaping within 9m of public trails
Around Park Gates No smoking/vaping within 4m
*Nova Scotia’s legislation only restricts smoking and vaping, not consumption in general (e.g. edibles, other
cannabis products).
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Cape Breton Highlands National
Park
• Kejimkujik National Park and Historic
Site
• Sable Island National Park Reserve

• Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
• Canso Islands National Historic Site
• Fort Anne National Historic Site
• Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
• Georges Island National Historic Site
• Grand-Pré National Historic Site
• Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
• Marconi National Historic Site
• Port-Royal National Historic Site
• St. Peters Canal National Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity Orders in order
to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks Canada’s website to find
out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis
For More Information: novascotia.ca/cannabis/
Notes
It is illegal to smoke or vape cannabis or tobacco:
• On or within 20 metres of playgrounds located in an outdoor public space.
• On or within 20 metres of a publicly owned sport and recreation event or venue, located in an
outdoor public space.
• On and within nine metres of public trails.
• In provincial parks and on beaches, except for within the boundaries of a rented campsite.
• Within 4m of a doorway, window, or air intake of a workplace or a building to which the public has
access.

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Prince Edward Island
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No
Day Use Areas No
Playgrounds No
Backcountry No (except at campsites)
Around Visitor Centre No
Trails No
Around Park Gates No
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Prince Edward Island National Park • Ardgowan National Historic Site
• Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic
Site
• Green Gables Heritage Place
• L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish
National Historic Site
• Province House National Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis

For More Information
princeedwardisland.ca/cannabis
Notes
“Cannabis use will be restricted to private residences, with a potential for expansion to designated
public spaces at a later date, to help limit its impact on communities and public health.”

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Newfoundland and Labrador
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No
Day Use Areas No
Playgrounds No
Backcountry No (except at campsites)
Around Visitor Centre No
Trails No
Around Park Gates No
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Akami-UapishkU-KakKasuak-Mealy
Mountains National Park Reserve
• Gros Morne National Park
• Terra Nova National Park
• Torngat Mountains National Park

• Cape Spear Lighthouse National
Historic Site
• Castle Hill National Historic Site
• Hawthorne Cottage National Historic
Site
• L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic
Site
• Port au Choix National Historic Site
• Red Bay National Historic Site
• Ryan Premises National Historic Site
• Signal Hill National Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis

For More Information
gov.nl.ca/cannabis

Notes

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Yukon
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No
Day Use Areas No
Playgrounds No
Backcountry No (except at campsites)
Around Visitor Centre No
Trails No
Townsite public areas No
Around Park Gates No
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Ivvavik National Park
• Kluane National Park and Reserve
• Vuntut National Park

• Klondike National Historic Sites
• S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis

For More Information
yukon.ca/cannabis

Notes

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Northwest Territories
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No as per PCA Guidelines
Day Use Areas Yes, but not within kitchen/cook shelters or

other roofed/unroofed shelters
Playgrounds No smoking/vaping within a 30m radius
Backcountry Yes
Around Visitor Centre Yes
Trails Yes
Around Park Gates Yes
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Aulavik National Park
• Nahanni National Park Reserve
• Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve
• Tuktut Nogait National Park
• Wood Buffalo National Park

• Pingo Canadian Landmark
• Saoyú-ʔehdacho National Historic Site

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis

For More Information
https://www.eia.gov.nt.ca/en/cannabis-legislation

https://www.eia.gov.nt.ca/en/cannabis/frequently-asked-questions/where-will-smoking-cannabis-be-allowed

Notes

Updated October 18, 2018

Cannabis Consumption – Nunavut
Location Consumption permitted?
Campground
• Individual campsite Yes
• All other areas No as per PCA Guidelines
Day Use Areas Yes
Playgrounds No smoking/vaping within a radius TBD
Backcountry Yes
Around Visitor Centre No smoking/vaping within a radius TBD
Trails Yes
Around Park Gates No smoking/vaping within a radius TBD
Minimum Age: 19
Parks Canada locations:
National Parks National Historic Sites
• Auyuittuq National Park
• Qausuittuq National Park
• Quttinirpaaq National Park
• Sirmilik National Park
• Ukkusiksalik National Park

Parks Canada may issue additional targeted cannabis restrictions through Restricted Activity
Orders in order to ensure public health and proper management of the protected area. Visit Parks
Canada’s website to find out more: www.parkscanada.ca/cannabis

For More Information
https://www.gov.nu.ca/finance/information/cannabis
Notes
It is illegal to smoke/vape cannabis or tobacco within an as-yet to be determined radius from a
playground or a building to which the public has access.