Rules and Regulations
Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve
Respectful Travel I Rules and Regulations I Leave No Trace
National parks are unique places that require unique rules and regulations. Laws are designed to protect you (the visitor) and the park for continued use and enjoyment by Indigenous peoples and future generations. The good news is... Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve allows for some activities not allowed in other national parks! It is your responsibility to be aware of the laws and regulations. If you have any questions, please contact us.
All visitors to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve must be registered. Parks Canada’s northern parks use backcountry registration systems as part of their visitor safety programs. There is no cost to register your trip.
If you plan on fishing in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve, you will require a Parks Canada fishing permit. Please be aware that, although the same catch limits apply, an NWT fishing licence is NOT valid inside the National Park Reserve. The terms and conditions of a Parks Canada fishing permit are available online.
Harvesting Berries and Plants
Visitors are allowed to pick berries and gather medicinal and healing plants in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve for their personal use. Harvesting is not allowed in other national parks.
Cutting and Gathering Wood
In Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve you can cut and collect wood for personal campfires and temporary shelters. Please be aware that cutting and collecting of wood are activities that are not allowed in most other national parks.
Leave What You Find
Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. In Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve you may take berries, medicinal and healing plants, and wood for campfires and temporary shelters; these are all activities that are not allowed in other national parks.
You are welcome to photograph cultural or historic structures, resources and artifacts. Disturbing or collecting any of these is illegal. Help us to deepen our understanding of the area by reporting any cultural artifacts found and their location.
Please be aware that visitors are NOT allowed to hunt in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. Traditional harvesters, lease holders (within National Park Reserve) possessing a NWT hunting licence (small game only), or holders of a Special Harvester Licence are permitted to hunt.
Visitors are permitted to carry firearms for defense against wildlife only. Use of firearms should only occur as a last resort. Visitors should carry bear spray and be bear safe at all times. Please note that visitors are not allowed to use firearms for defense in other national parks.
Visitors are allowed to travel by snowmobile in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. Snowmobile safely! Please be aware of hazards, including local weather and ice conditions.
The use of drones is restricted in national parks. Recreational drone use is prohibited and commercial drone use requires a permit.
Visitors must keep dogs and pets under control at all times. Do not leave your pet unattended at your campsite or anywhere else during your visit to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. Wildlife, weather and an unfamiliar environment can be scary or dangerous for your pet. Please clean up after your pet.
Commercial and non-profit organizations require a business licence to operate in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. Parks Canada defines “business” as any trade, industry, employment, occupation, activity or special event carried on in the National Park Reserve, for profit, gain, fundraising or commercial promotion, and includes an undertaking carried on in a park by a charitable organization, or by an organization or individual on a non-profit basis.
Aircraft Access Permits
All aircraft must comply with the Canadian Aviation Regulations, and National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations. Please be aware that take-offs and landings in a national park require a Parks Canada aircraft access permit. Seasonal permits are available at no charge.
A fuel caching permit is required to store fuel at the Reliance fuel cache. Permits are available at no charge.
A film permit or filming registration is required for anyone taking pictures or footage for commercial reasons (e.g., film production, photography contract, or intending to sell images, or providing images to expedition sponsors).
For a complete listing of the applicable laws and regulations please visit the Canada National Parks Act.
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