Yoho National Park

Fishing and Watercraft Use in all areas in YNP

Issued: April 01, 2024

Ends: March 31, 2025

WHAT:  Pursuant to Section 7(1) of the National Parks General Regulations, of the Canada National Parks Act, the following activity is restricted or prohibited by order of the Superintendent:

All watercraft use and fishing is prohibited in all areas in YNP. Prohibited watercraft include but are not limited to: kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, inflatable boats, or any other vessel. Fishing and the use of waders and wading boots is prohibited in all waters.
The following exceptions apply:
-Use of rental canoes at Emerald Lake                

WHERE: All waterbodies in Yoho National Park (see map)

WHY:  To prevent the spread of whirling disease. This parasitic disease affects some fish species but does not present any health risks for people or other animals.
The risk factors for spreading the disease include the movement of fish, mud/sediment, aquatic vegetation, and water.   
It will remain in effect until alternate management strategies are implemented.

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

Start date: 2024-04-01

End date: 2025-03-31

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