Commercial Film and Photography Guidelines

York Factory National Historic Site

Travel to the banks of the Hayes River and the western edge of Hudson Bay at York Factory National Historic Site. Discover a remote and significant place for local Indigenous peoples and observe the land of York Factory from the fur trade industry, an iconic period in Canadian history. Capture the significance of this fur trade establishment, rich with history, cultural resources and traditional knowledge.

Explore the remote sub-arctic wilderness on the wooden boardwalks, leading to archaeological ruins, a powder magazine and cemetery. The impressive three-story Hudson’s Bay Company building stands tall in the tundra, perched on the shores of the Hayes River. Artifacts unearthed by ongoing archaeology fill the white Depot, among cannons, iron stoves and trade items.

York Factory 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.

To apply, fill out the online form.

Parks Canada Photography Request Form
Parks Canada Film and Television Request Form

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.

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.

Production Crew Size Application Fee (per project) Location fee (per day)
1 to 6 $160.00 $532.25
7 to 15 $399.25 $1064.75
16 to 30 $798.50 $1596.75
31 to 99 $2661.25 $2129.25
100 + $3193.75 $2661.25
Other fees may be applicable.

Contact us

Lauren Wagn
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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