Camper's Guide

Camper's Guide

Camper's Guide Brochure (PDF)

In order that everyone 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).

Quiet Time: Campground quiet time is from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Use of loud equipment, such as chain saws, radios, or generators, during this time is prohibited.

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 him/herself or others using the site interferes with the quiet, peaceful use and enjoyment of other park users.
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) 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.

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.

Consumption of alcohol: Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed on permitted campsites. Alcohol is not permitted in provincial park campgrounds during the May long weekend. Certain group use areas and campsites remain liquor free all season.

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 used if the permit holder and/or immediate family is not present on the site. Continuous generator use during the day is not allowed.

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.

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

: 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.

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, 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.

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. Only two pets (cat or dog) are allowed inside cabins and yurts designated as pet friendly.

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.

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 for the next incoming camper.

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.

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 truck campers 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.

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 or transporting 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, roadways and designated trails) is prohibited at all times. Please note that there may be park-specific restrictions. Contact your local Sustainable Development 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, UTVs 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.