Drones or unmanned air vehicles (UAV)

Yoho National Park

Recreational drone use – Prohibited

In Canada’s national parks, the landing and take-off of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) – also known as a drone – is prohibited. In Canada, a UAV is considered aircraft. Their use is governed by Transport Canada and regulated under the National Parks Aircraft Access Regulations which prohibit a person to take-off or land an aircraft in a national park.

Anyone caught operating a drone within park boundaries and without an approved permit may result in law enforcement action and a fine of up to $25,000.

Commercial drone use – By permit only

Anyone wishing to use a UAV in Yoho National Park must submit a written proposal to pc.llykfilm.pc@canada.ca clearly indicating how the intended use of the UAV supports the management of the park. If approved, a Restricted Activity Permit will be issued.

  • As per Section 3 (1) of the National Parks Aircraft Access Regulations, the Superintendent can issue a Restricted Activity Permit for a UAV for the purpose of (a) natural or cultural resource management and protection directly related to the administration of the park; (b) any other management or control function directly related to the administration of the park; (c) public safety; or (d) law enforcement.
  • A Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) may also be required from Transport Canada for the UAV depending on its weight.

Report a drone

If you witness the use of a UAV in Yoho National Park, please report the incident to Park Wardens at 403-762-1470.

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