Elk Island National Park

Restricted Activities: Bison Viewing Practices

Issued: February 01, 2024

Pursuant to section 7(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, roadside bison viewing is designated as RESTRICTED, and subject to the following conditions:
a) No person shall willfully approach, remain, view, or engage in any activity within:
1) 100 metres of any Bison, except when completely inside a legally positioned motor vehicle;
2) Any distance that displaces or interferes with the free, unimpeded movement of
3) Any distance that creates or contributes to a potentially hazardous condition or situation.
These restrictions do not apply to a superintendent, park warden, peace officer, or any other person authorized by the superintendent to carry out functions related to the management of a park while any of those persons is engaged in carrying out such functions.

WHERE: Elk Island National Park
All areas within 100 metres of any road, highway, or place within a park intended for use by the public for the passage or parking of vehicles.

The Superintendent has established these restrictions to:
a) Reduce the likelihood of motor vehicle collisions;
b) Ensure visitor safety during bison viewing;
c) Protect bison from disturbance and stress;
d) Provide Parks Canada staff with the tools
needed to safely manage dynamic bison viewing

PENALTY: Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act: maximum penalty $25 000.

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