NWT Campsite Etiquette & Rules

NWT Campsite Etiquette & Rules

In the north, where plant life grows slowly, a forest fire could destroy a park for fifty years or more. To ensure that this does not happen, please take time to review the following guidelines:

  • Use only the stoves or fire rings provided - no fires are allowed outside of designated fire pits.
  • Be sure your fire is out before you leave it, even for a few minutes.
  • Mossy ground cover can catch fire and set the whole area ablaze. Never discard matches, cigarettes, cigars, or pipe ashes in it, or build a fire on it.
  • Moss can smolder for days before the fire "takes off". If you come across burning moss, please dig it up. Water and sand will not put it out.

Remember to be careful with fire while out on the land, and respect the restrictions on open fires when they are posted.

Keep it Clean:
Please use the litter barrels for your refuse; even help out by picking up any litter that's present when you arrive. The parks staff will also appreciate it if you let them know of any major trash problem or overflowing litter barrels.

Length of Stay:

There is no maximum length of stay at any of our territorial parks, with the exception of the two parks noted below:

No more than 14 days in a 30 day period at the following parks during peak season (June 15 - August 15):

  • Hay River Territorial Park
  • Fred Henne Territorial Park

Liquor is not allowed outside the individual campsites. Persons found in possession of liquor in public areas may be subject to prosecution under the N.W.T. Liquor Ordinance.

To occupy a campsite you must have an entrance permit. These may be reserved in advance by visiting www.nwtparks.ca. You may also purchase permits directly from the park gatehouse.

Picking a Spot:
Campsites are available on a first come first served basis. Vehicles must remain within the designated campsite area and tents must be placed on the campsite pad.

Plant Life:
It is illegal and unnecessary to cut down trees. Firewood is available at all parks. Please report this or any other form of vandalism to a parks officer. Only through the help of the public can we preserve and protect our parks.

Quiet Time:
Quiet time in all parks is from 10:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Unreasonable noise or other objectionable behaviour will result in eviction from the park and possible prosecution under the law.

It is not only bad manners but it is illegal to make excessive noise or use abusive, obscene or threatening language in the park. Nobody has the right to disturb the peace of other campers at any time of the day or night. This applies in particular to the operation of vehicles, machinery, radios and music players.

Vehicle Traffic:

All vehicles, including ATV’s and motorcycles, must remain on designated roadways. The maximum speed is posted on all park roads. Visitors are not permitted in the park between 10:30pm and 9:00am. Only a permit holder's vehicle may occupy a site.

All Terrain Vehicle

ATV permits are required for ATV use in designated Parks, including Parks with campgrounds. ATV’s must be insured, registered and operated by persons at least 14 years of age and wearing a helmet. ATV’s may not be operated between the hours of 10:30pm and 7:30am. ATV Permits can be obtained at the park gatehouse.

It is illegal to hunt or even harass the park wildlife. Possession of firearms is not permitted in territorial parks, National Parks, game reserves or other protected areas in the Northwest Territories.

Pets must be leashed at all times. Leaving litter or feeding wild animals just creates a future nuisance problem. In particular, be sure to prevent bear problems by covering the garbage cans, keeping your food locked up and reporting any bears. For further information on bear safety issues, please visit Parks Canada and NWT Wildlife & Fisheries.

Bear Safety:
For further information on bear safety issues, please visit Parks Canada and the GNWT's Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Please Remember: All bears are dangerous!