Commercial Film and Photography Guidelines

Riel House National Historic Site

Travel back to the home of the Riel family and immerse yourself in Métis culture at Riel House National Historic Site. Discover the Métis river lot system of farming, venture through the garden and explore the traditional furniture throughout the home. Restored to its 1886 appearance, tour this house in mourning, and note the unusual luxuries throughout such as a private bedroom, fine china and ornate mirrors. More than 840 artifacts on site recount the story of the Riel-Lagimodière family, and the day-to-day living necessities of that time.

Riel House National Historic Site boasts unparalleled film, photographic and recreational possibilities which leave visitors feeling re-energized and inspired to return. To care for this site and ensure visitor experiences are not impacted, commercial film and photography activities have special considerations.

How to apply

Commercial film and photography activities require approval by Parks Canada. A Parks Canada Film and TV Request Form must be completed in full and submitted a minimum of 15 days prior to the intended commercial film/photography activities to allow sufficient time for evaluation.

Please be sure to follow all park regulations while photographing or filming in the Parks Canada places. Consult the Guide to film/photo shoots at Parks Canada for rules relating to small-scale travel media film/photo shoots.

Download file: Download Film and TV Request Form (343 kb)

Download file: Download Photography Request Form (343 kb)

What we look for

Applications are assessed against Canada's National Parks Act, National Parks General Regulations and the project’s potential contribution to public awareness, appreciation and understanding of Canada’s national parks and Parks Canada. Parks Canada reserves the right to deny applications that do not support Parks Canada’s mandate, values and operating principles.

If applications are approved, a film/photography permit will be issued.

Insurances and fees

Proof of comprehensive liability insurance policy must be received by Parks Canada in order for application to be complete.

Please note that a non-refundable application fee may apply. Fees are assessed based on the scope, location and crew size associated with the project. Discounts may apply once the nature of the proposal has been evaluated.

Further information regarding Insurance and Fees can be found on the Parks Canada Film and TV Request Form.

Download file: Download Film and TV Request Form (343 kb)

Download file: Download Photography Request Form (343 kb)

Aerial filming

Usage of aircraft, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs/drones) are restricted under the Canada National Parks Act and National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations.

Supplementary information governing the use of UAVs in Canada can be found through the National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations, and the Aeronautics Act.

Additional information and/or permissions are required for all aerial filming requests. Further direction from Parks Canada will be provided upon receipt of aerial filming requests.


Contact us

Carly Walsh
Email address:
Public Relations and Communications Officer, Manitoba Field Unit
Phone number: 431-996-6758

Interested in filming or taking photos in Riding Mountain National Park? Contact:

Shane Robins
Email address:
Promotions and Non-Personal Media Officer, Riding Mountain National Park
Phone number: 204-848-7275

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