Scattering cremated remains in Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park
Effective January 1, 2020 ; Updated April 2023
Many people choose to memorialize a loved one who has passed on by scattering remains in places that have meaning to them. We understand the connection that many people have to our national parks. The beauty of nature can help us celebrate and remember someone lost.
You may scatter cremated remains of a loved one in the park. A permit is not required; however, there are conditions we ask you to follow to ensure your experience remains special and personal, and the national park environment is protected.
- Choose a location that is not directly on a trail and is approximately 30 metres from trails, day-use areas, roads, campgrounds, and facilities.
- Avoid culturally sensitive areas. These are locations in the park that have significance to Indigenous people with ties to park lands, such as Spirit Island, located on Maligne Lake, the Indigenous Cultural Use Area, located near the Sixth Bridge at Maligne Canyon, or ribbon-marked trees.
- Cremated remains should not be scattered within 30 metres of a body of water unless it is a trace amount found in tiny keepsake urns. Our rivers and lakes are very sensitive and even small amounts of certain minerals can change the aquatic environment.
- Leave only the memory of your loved one and their remains. Do not leave anything else behind at the location you choose. Memorial items like flowers, plants, containers, identification discs or cards should not be left in the natural park environment.
- Choose a time that ensures your privacy. Summer is peak season, and most park users are out and about during the day. You may find a quieter time is early in the morning or in the evening. There are fewer people visiting the park in fall, winter, and spring.
- In addition to these conditions, all applicable federal and provincial regulations apply in Jasper National Park.
If you are unsure how you will meet the above conditions at the location you have chosen, send an email to email@example.com. Please allow some time for a review to be completed by park administration. In your email, tell us the location where you are planning to scatter the remains, and Parks Canada will provide additional guidance.
Field Unit Superintendent, Jasper National Park
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