Camper's Guide

Camper's Guide

Camper's Guide Brochure (PDF)

Guide de campeur (PDF)

Manitoba’s provincial parks offer you the opportunity to be close to nature with your family and friends. Our campgrounds are managed to ensure that everybody has a pleasant stay.

The Manitoba Provincial Parks Guide provides information about camping facilities in our provincial parks. More information about accommodations in the province can also be obtained from Travel Manitoba (1-800-665-0040 toll free, in Winnipeg call 204-927-7838 or at or from Manitoba Sustainable Development (1-800-214-6497) toll free, in Winnipeg call (204-945-6784).

Conservation Officers and Park Patrol Officers are working in our parks to ensure a peaceful, safe and enjoyable camping experience for everyone. Rules and applicable policies are established under The Provincial Parks Act, and Regulations, and must be observed by all park users. Failure to comply with these rules may result in enforcement actions by officers and could include cancellation of your permit, eviction from all provincial parks for a period of up to 21 days, a ban from all provincial parks for one year, and
possible charges.

For more information regarding The Provincial Parks
, and Regulations, please contact your local
Manitoba Sustainable Development
District Office in your area. Or visit the website at

In order that everyone fully enjoy Manitoba’s provincial parks, and to ensure that your camping activities do not disrupt the activities of others, the following campground rules must be observed. (Additional rules may be posted in campground offices).

Consider Your Fellow Campers

Quiet Time: Please observe the campground quiet time between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. Use of loud equipment, such as chain saws, radios, or generators, during this time is prohibited.

Consumption of alcohol
: Alcoholic beverages may be consumed only in the permit holder’s camping unit and on his/her assigned site, and in accordance with the requirements of The Liquor and Gaming Control Act and under The Provincial Parks Act and Regulations. Alcohol is not permitted in provincial park campgrounds during the May long weekend. Certain group use areas and campsites remain liquor free all season long.

Generators: Except under the authority of an officer, generators may not be used between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m., and may not be in use if the permit holder and/or immediate family is not present on the site. Continuous generator use during the day is not allowed.

Pets: All pets must be leashed, tied up, or caged and under physical control at all times. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets are only allowed inside cabins and yurts designated as pet friendly. A maximum of two pets (dog or cat) are allowed.

Disturbances: Excessive noise, as determined by an officer, is not permitted at any time. Any disturbance that intrudes on another camper is not permitted. The permit holder must ensure that nothing done by themselves or others using the site interferes with the quiet, peaceful use and enjoyment of provincial park lands by any other person. That means no damaging property, fighting, screaming, playing loud music, using insulting or obscene language, drunkenness or other disturbances. Failure to comply with these rules will result in enforcement actions by officers which may include being charged for creating a public disturbance under the Park Activities Regulations (set fine of $673.65) and/or being evicted from all provincial parks for a period of up to 21 days.
More serious disturbances could result in a charge for breach of peace under the Criminal Code and/or a ban from all provincial parks for one year.

Entering campground after 11 p.m.: Only permit holders returning to their designated campsites are allowed into campgrounds after
11 p.m. Vehicles entering campgrounds may be restricted.

Eviction: When an eviction occurs, the evicted person is banned from entering all provincial parks for the duration of the eviction period. Failure to obey an eviction order by remaining in a provincial park or returning to a provincial park when prohibited will result in further charges under the Park Activities Regulation. No refund will be given for the unused portion of the permit.

Guests: A campsite may be occupied after 11 p.m. only by the permit holder and his/her immediate family or group as indicated on the camping permit. The permit holder is responsible for the conduct of all persons using the site.

Registering for a campsite
: Upon arrival, an individual must register and acquire a valid permit to be on site. The permit can only be registered for one site and only in the registrant’s name. Registering on behalf of another individual is not permitted.

Age Requirement: A camping permit may only be issued to an individual 16 years of age or over. A cabin or yurt permit may only be issued to an individual 18 years of age or older.

Persons on site: Within the allowable equipment on a campsite, the number of persons allowed on a campsite cannot exceed six persons or one family. The permit holder must be present on site for the duration of the stay.

Equipment on campsite: The camping unit must be present at the campground before a permit will be issued. Where campsites are set out in defined lots, only one camping unit is permitted per site. In addition to the camping unit and if space allows, as determined by an
officer, an additional tent and/or dining tent may be set up on the campsite for use by those identified on the permit. A boat or utility trailer is only permitted if space allows, as determined by an officer. Vertical tarps are not allowed.

Campsite availability: Non-reservable campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Directly following registration, the camping unit specified on the permit must be located on the campsite (camping unit means any tent, tent-trailer, camper-truck, camping trailer, fifth wheel or motor home.) Tents must be set up.

Minimum stay: Minimum stays for long weekends are two nights and must include a Saturday night. Exceptions for a single night of stay may be considered. Cabins and Yurts require a two night minimum stay at all times. Certain sites in select locations offer a seven night minimum stay. There is a specific three night minimum at Birds Hill Provincial Park during the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Length of stay: During the period between June 15 and August 15, no person or camping unit is allowed to occupy the same campsite for more than 21 consecutive days. Extensions to limits of stay must be approved by an officer. Other restrictions may apply, depending on demand.

Occupying a reservation site: The name on the reservation must be the permit holder who occupies the site. If you are occupying a reservation campsite without a reservation, please recognize that you are being accommodated between reservations and that there may be an incoming reservation that will restrict your stay on this campsite. If you are planning to extend your stay, please check with the
campground office to ensure the campsite is available.

Check-in/check-out times: Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 3 p.m. Check-in and check-out times vary for group use campsites, family vacation cabins and yurts. Please respect the checkout time and the next incoming camper.

Extending your stay: Renewals may be made at the campground office. All renewals are subject to campsite availability and maximum stay requirements.

Temporary removal of camping unit: Unless prior arrangements have been made with the Park Attendant, a campsite will be considered vacant if the camping unit is removed from the site. Permit holders operating campertrucks and motor homes may temporarily vacate the campsite if the licence number of the unit is recorded on the permit, and the campground office is advised of the temporary departure.

Only one motor vehicle per campsite: If you have visitors coming to your campsite, they must leave their vehicles in designated parking areas. Only one vehicle is permitted in each campsite unless approved by an officer.

Campground Safety

Children at play: Children regularly play in our campgrounds. Please use caution when driving your vehicle or moving your camping unit. Don’t endanger others.

Maximum speed of 20 km/hr: The speed limit in campgrounds is 20 km/hr. All motor vehicles operated in campgrounds must meet the requirements of The Highway Traffic Act (except for specialized park maintenance vehicles). Motor vehicles not defined by the act (such as trail bikes/ATVs) are prohibited, or restricted to designated areas or trails.

Don’t give bears a bad name: Bears can cause serious injury and damage property. No matter how tame they appear to be, they are wild animals. Do not feed or harass them! Do not leave food or garbage out. Bird feeders are not permitted. Report a nuisance bear to an officer or the campground office.

Campfires: Campfires are prohibited except in designated firepits and must be extinguished when the site is unoccupied. Firewood, where provided, is for campsite permit holders’ use only. Removal of cut firewood from a provincial park is prohibited. Cutting or gathering living or dead wood for your fire is prohibited, as is any unauthorized collection of living or dead vegetation in Manitoba’s
provincial parks. Burning elm or ash is not permitted.

Firearms: Discharging a firearm or possession of a loaded firearm within 300 metres of any developed area (including campgrounds) is prohibited at all times. Please note that there may be park-specific restrictions. Contact your local district office.

Fireworks: Use of fireworks and sky lanterns is prohibited in Manitoba’s provincial parks. Off-road vehicles: Off-road vehicles (ORVs) such as ATVs and snowmobiles are prohibited in Manitoba’s provincial parks except on designated ORV trails. All ORVs are
required to meet the requirements of The Off-Road Vehicles Act.

Respect Your Environment

All campers share responsibility to protect nature in our provincial parks and campgrounds. The permit holder must:

  • Keep the campsite in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.

  • Dispose of waste water only in dump stations or sewer drains provided. Disposal of waste water on the campsites or surrounding areas is not permitted.

  • Dispose of garbage in refuse containers to avoid problem wildlife and leave the site free of litter, and clean for the next camper.

  • Ensure there are no shells or food remnants left at your campsite as campers with food allergies could have a severe reaction. Foods commonly associated with allergies include: peanuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, wheat and soy.

  • Dispose of matches and cigarettes in the firepit and ensure campfires are extinguished before you retire for the night or leave the site.

  • Recycle to help reduce waste.

  • Limit the use of glass containers. Broken glass is dangerous to visitors, staff, pets and wildlife.

  • Take care of the trees. Do not strip bark, use nails or attach wire to trees. If you must, use rope to tie tarps and remove upon departure. Damaged trees are more likely to be destroyed by fungus or disease.

  • Do not transport firewood. Out of province firewood can spread harmful pests and destroy our forests. Buy it locally, burn it locally.

Seasonal Camping

If you love camping in Manitoba’s provincial parks, you may be interested in seasonal camping. A select number of campgrounds offer seasonal campsites on a lottery basis for a seasonal fee. You have the opportunity to enjoy holidays throughout the summer with the convenience of the same site for the entire season.

Fall Camping

Imagine pitching your tent or parking your trailer on a quilt of autumn colours. Experience the crisp, clean air and fall colours of autumn in Manitoba. Select provincial park campgrounds remain open as late as Thanksgiving long weekend. Every effort is made to continue services into the fall.

We Can Help You

Expecting Visitors? If you are expecting visitors to your site, please leave your name or group name and site # at the campground office.

Medical assistance: In the event of injury, an officer, or campground attendant will help you obtain medical assistance.


Visit us online or call us to book your summer vacation: or call 204-948-3333 in Winnipeg, 1-888-4U2-CAMP
toll free.

Camping Rates

Camping rates will vary between provincial campgrounds. Rates reflect the different services available in a campground. These services include hookups (electricity, water and sewer), modern washrooms, showers and firewood. The following is what you can expect to pay for the various service options:

Campsite Hookup Fee
Basic from $11.55 and up
Electrical from $15.75 and up
Electrical/Water from $18.90 and up
Full from $23.10 and up

Note: All campsites include a firepit and a picnic table. A full-service campsite includes sewer, water and electrical hookups. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Park Vehicle Permits are required in all provincial parks.

Vehicle Permit Fees 2017
Explorer Pass $40.00 (valid until April 30, 2018)
Casual $12.00 (valid for 3 consecutive days from the date of purchase
Daily $5.00 (valid until midnight on the date of purchase)

For more information on camping or provincial parks, call 1-800-214-6497 toll free (in Winnipeg call 204-945-6784) or reach us through our website:

Thank you for choosing to stay
in Manitoba's Provincial Parks.