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Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Policies

Saskatchewan Parks, Thu Mar 11 2021

Rules & Regulations

Saskatchewan parks have a natural beauty we want you to enjoy, and for this reason rules are in place for everyone. We carefully review and update these rules regularly and look to our visitors to follow them so everyone can enjoy our parks safely and continue to use our facilities for years to come

A complete list of rules and regulations are outlined in The Parks Act and The Parks Regulations, 1991.
 

General Guidelines

  • A valid vehicle entry permit is required on all vehicles while in a provincial park.
  • Park entry fees are charged in addition to camping fees. If you have not pre-paid for park entry with your campsite reservation, and do not have an annual vehicle entry permit, you will be required to purchase entry upon arrival at the park.
  • If you purchase an annual vehicle entry permit before May 1, the permit will be mailed to the mailing address associated with your reservation. For annual vehicle entry permits purchased from May 1 to March 30 of the following year, you will need to pick up your permit when you arrive at the park.
  • A valid driver’s licence is required as proof of site occupancy.
  • Permit holders are responsible for the conduct and behavior of their family and guests and must ensure all camping permit rules and regulations are being met.
  • Quiet time is 24 hours a day.
  • Pets are welcome in all our parks and must be on a leash no longer than two meters. Owners are responsible for the behavior of their pets at all times and must clean up after their pets. Pets are not allowed in buildings, public places or on the beach.
  • Consumption or display of an alcoholic beverage or cannabis in a public space is prohibited. Alcoholic beverages and cannabis may be consumed in the camping permit holder’s camping unit, and on their assigned campsite, in accordance with the Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act  and The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997, except during times when an alcohol or cannabis ban is in effect.
  • Use the firewood provided within provincial parks to protect them from invasive insects and diseases. Don't bring firewood from home; use only what you need during your park visit. It is illegal to remove any firewood from provincial parks.
  • Maximum of 12 CSA-approved patio lights (one string) or one section of rope lights per campsite.
  • Use of tarps will be accommodated for protection from elements; tarps must not create safety concerns within the campground.
  • Major appliances must be contained within camping unit’s original construction.
  • Intermittent generator use in campground without electricity permitted between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Must be turned off when the campsite is unattended.
  • Liquid or solid waste must be disposed of using provided sewage system or receptacle
  • Park users may not remove any sign, facility, turf, rock, or the whole or part of any flower, plant, shrub or tree
  • Wildlife is present in the park and feeding wildlife is prohibited. Keep campsite clean and all food, garbage, and attractants securely stored. Bird feeders are not permitted in campgrounds.
  • Fees and charges are subject to change at any time. If site fees change, we will honor the fees in effect when you made the reservation, as long as you do not change the reservation. If you make changes, we will apply the new fees.
  • For changes, cancellations or inquiries related to your camping or facility reservation, visit parks.saskatchewan.ca or call 1-833-775-7275 (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST, 7 days a week except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day).
  • To report park emergencies, enforcement or wildlife concerns, call Park Watch at 1-800-667-1788 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

 

Backcountry Camping

  • Backcountry camping permits can only be printed up to seven (7) days prior to arrival date. Once printed, you cannot change or cancel the backcountry permit.
  • Backcountry camping permit MUST be carried by the group leader.
  • There is no potable water available at the backcountry campsites. Hikers must have their own water filtration systems.
  • Hikers must camp at designated campsites. All campsites are shared sites.
  • Trail users must practice Leave No Trace principles.
  • All trash must be packed out. Pack out what you pack in.
  • Keep trails and sites litter-free.
  • Campfires are only permitted in designated areas.
  • Do not leave the designated trail. Diverting from the path to avoid puddles can harm vegetation and increase erosion.
  • Respect all trail users and obey quiet times and individual privacy.
  • Avoid hiking alone whenever possible. Make a plan and share it with someone. If possible, set a plan to check in periodically throughout your outing.
  • Feeding wildlife is strictly prohibited - use bear safe food lockers where available (Meadow Lake Provincial Park).

 

Camp-Easy and Mongolian Yurt

  • All occupants staying in a Camp-Easy site aged 18 years or older must complete a Camp-Easy Liability Waiver and bring the completed form to the park at time of check in. Camp-Easy Liability Waivers can be found at saskparks.com
  • Check-in time is after 2:00 p.m. CST. Check-out time is before 12:00 p.m. CST.
  • Sites will be held for 24 hours past your scheduled 2:00 p.m. CST check-in time. If arriving more than 24 hours late, you must notify the park directly. A no-show will result in a penalty of up to four nights of camping being charged.
  • If you have an annual vehicle entry permit and a reservation, you can proceed directly to your campsite. You will be automatically checked in.
  • A maximum of two vehicles and one watercraft are permitted at each campsite at any time, providing the site will accommodate them.
  • No smoking or cooking is permitted inside Camp-Easy camping tents, yurts or Mongolian Yurt.
  • Pets are not permitted on the sleeping cots within Camp-Easy tents and yurts. Pets are not allowed inside the Mongolian Yurt.

 

Drones

  • Drone use in Provincial Parks are subject to the Saskatchewan Parks Act Regulation and Transport Canada’s Canadian Aviation Regulations. Provincial Park Regulations prohibit drone pilots from disturbing and harassing wildlife; and from annoying or disturbing people.  
  • Flight Rules requires pilots to maintain at least 30 meters (100 feet) horizontal distance from any person and at all altitudes. For provincial parks, the Flight Rules will result in drone pilots being unable to fly drones in campgrounds; swimming areas; beaches; and playgrounds in use.
  • Please contact the park office for areas within the park that are compatible for drone use.

Entry Permits

  • Daily entry permits are valid from time of arrival to 2:00 p.m. CST the following day. Not transferable between vehicles.
  • Weekly entry permits are valid from time of arrival until 2:00 p.m. on the last day (7 days later). Not transferable between vehicles.
  • Annual entry permits may be transferred between vehicles; valid in any Saskatchewan Provincial Park from May 1 until April 30 of each year; no refunds once issued; and lost, stolen, or damaged passes will not be refunded or replaced.
  • Saskatchewan residents 65 or older (or turning 65 years of age any time during the current year) and provide valid Saskatchewan identification can receive a free park entry permit.
  • Stand-alone daily and weekly entry permits are non-refundable; however, they can be upgraded to annual entry permit upon arrival at the park. Visitors can print at home or pick-up in park to display on their vehicle dashboard.

Equestrian Camping

  • Check-in time is after 2:00 p.m. CST. Check-out time is before 12:00 p.m. CST.
  • Sites will be held for 24 hours past your scheduled 2:00 p.m. CST check-in time. If arriving more than 24 hours late, you must notify the park directly. A no-show will result in a penalty of up to four nights of camping being charged.
  • If you have an annual vehicle entry permit and a reservation, you can proceed directly to your campsite. You will be automatically checked in.
  • If you reserved an accessible/barrier-free campsite, you must be able to provide and display a valid accessible parking permit upon check-in at the park.
  • If you bring different equipment than what you reserved a site for, the park may not be able to honor your reservation.
  • A maximum of two vehicles and one watercraft are permitted at each campsite at any time, providing the site will accommodate them.
  • Up to 6 adults may occupy a single campsite. A responsible person (18 years of age or older) must register and be a member of the camping party each night.
  • Only one camping unit (tent, tent-trailer, camper, camper truck/van, camping trailer or motorhome) is permitted on each campsite, along with one small tent for accommodating dependent children and one screened tent for meal purposes (if campsite size permits).
  • Additional small tents for dependent children may be allowed at the discretion of the Park Manager.
Guidelines for equestrian camping in provincial parks
  • Cleaning stock trailers within park is prohibited.
  • Stalls, pens and paddock are provided. You may bring your own corral panels or electric fence if desired but they must be erected within the fenced grazing paddock.
  • Please keep pens and stalls clean.
  • Stallions are allowed into the park for day-use only.
  • Please stay on designated trails or riding areas. Permission is required on private land.
  • Only commercial processed feed is allowed into the park such as feed bagged pellets or cubes and rolled oats only. Hay is not permitted.
  • In the event of high fire hazard conditions, steel horse shoes will not be permitted.
Additional guidelines for equestrian camping at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park
  • Campers must bring their own water for personal use, or water can be obtained at one of the water spigots in the northeast area of the park.
  • Corrals, tie stalls, and water for horses are also available.
  • Stock trailers with living quarters are allowed in the camping area, but unloading must be done in the designated area.
  • Riding areas are accessible from the camping area. Horses are allowed in the pens or pasture area adjacent to the campground. Please ensure a pen is vacant before occupying it. Tying or hobbling of horses in the campground is prohibited.
  • Ensure that you clean up after yourself and your horse (i.e. garbage, manure, etc.).
  • Horseback riding is allowed south of the South Saskatchewan River on both sides of Highway #4. There are no designated trails for horseback riding, and horses are NOT allowed on the park’s hiking trails.
  • Horse drawn wagons are not allowed in the park.
  • You may bring your own feed pots and you may bring your own corral panels if desired, but they must be erected within the larger corral and removed when you leave.
  • You may bring a hay fork and rake. You are expected to clean up any pens that you use. A manure trailer is provided on site. Cleaning stock trailers within the park is prohibited.

 

Group Camping

  • Check-in time is after 2:00 p.m. CST. Check-out time is before 12:00 p.m. CST.
  • Sites will be held for 24 hours past your scheduled 2:00 p.m. CST check-in time. If arriving more than 24 hours late, you must notify the park directly. A no-show will result in a penalty of up to four nights of camping being charged.
  • If you have an annual vehicle entry permit and a reservation, you can proceed directly to your campsite. You will be automatically checked in.
  • If you bring different equipment than what you reserved a site for, the park may not be able to honor your reservation.
  • Group campsites are available to groups of three or more camping units unless the group campground has less than five campsites designated. A camping unit is defined as a tent, tent-trailer, camper, camper truck/van, camping trailer or motorhome. Each group campground is designated as having a maximum number of campsites which cannot be exceeded.
  • Group campsites are designated as small (up to 7 sites), medium (8-12 sites) and large (13 or more sites). 

 

Nightly Camping

  • Check-in time is after 2:00 p.m. CST. Check-out time is before 12:00 p.m. CST.
  • Sites will be held for 24 hours past your scheduled 2:00 p.m. CST check-in time. If arriving more than 24 hours late, you must notify the park directly. A no-show will result in a penalty of up to four nights of camping being charged.
  • If you have an annual vehicle entry permit and a reservation, you can proceed directly to your campsite. You will be automatically checked in.
  • If you reserved an accessible/barrier-free campsite, you must be able to provide and display a valid accessible parking permit upon check-in at the park.
  • If you bring different equipment than what you reserved a site for, the park may not be able to honor your reservation.
  • A maximum of two vehicles and one watercraft are permitted at each campsite at any time, providing the site will accommodate them.
  • Up to 6 adults may occupy a single campsite. A responsible person (18 years of age or older) must register and be a member of the camping party each night.
  • Only one camping unit (tent, tent-trailer, camper, camper truck/van, camping trailer or motorhome) is permitted on each campsite, along with one small tent for accommodating dependent children and one screened tent for meal purposes (if campsite size permits).
  • Additional small tents for dependent children may be allowed at the discretion of the Park Manager.

 

Recreation Halls

  • A refundable damage deposit is owed at the time of reservation. If no damage occurs during stay, you will be refunded the damage deposit.
  • You are required to apply for a Special Event Permit with your recreation hall reservation. Special Event Permit application can be found at saskparks.com

 

Refund Policy

  • Sask Parks will only consider refunding fees if the request meets the grounds for refund. Refund requests must be received within 3 months of the departure date. The Refund Application Form is available at saskparks.com.
  • Refunds will only be given on the following grounds:
  • For incorrect charges caused by technical issues on parks.saskatchewan.ca.
  • When you are unable to enter campgrounds or access campsites due to natural disasters, road closures or other park-related emergencies.
  • For serious medical emergencies that prevent you from fulfilling the reservation.
    • These applications require a doctor’s note or proof that a member of the camping party was seriously injured or admitted to the hospital. Dates on the medical note or document must coincide with the arrival date. Where applicable, the permit holder must cancel or change the reservation immediately.
  • If there is a death in the immediate family.
    • The application may require a death certificate and/or obituary notice that clearly demonstrates the deceased’s relationship with the reservation holder or a member of the camping party named in the reservation. Where applicable, the permit holder must cancel or change the reservation immediately. 
    • Immediate family: parent, spouse, child, grandchild, grandparent, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and any other relative permanently residing in the same household.) *Death of friends, distant relatives or pets do not qualify for refund.
  • When the reservation holder or camping party member(s) are in a serious motor vehicle accident that prevent customers from fulfilling their reservation. Applications may require an accident report dated within the reservation time period.
  • Refunds will not be given:
  • If wildlife (bears, cougars, etc.) or insects (tent caterpillars, ticks, etc.) are in the campsite/campground or damaged/destroy personal property.
  • For weather (temperature, rain, snow, etc.) or air quality issues (wildfire smoke, etc.). 
  • Because fire bans/restrictions are in effect.
  • For in-park conditions (unsatisfactory conditions, poor customer service, etc.). These requests for refund must be directed to the Park Manager.
  • For early departure, a maximum of two nights camping will be forfeited. (exceptions - see Refunds below)
  • If expected or common park conditions trigger existing medical condition (i.e., reaction to bee sting, or asthma attack from campfire smoke, etc.) or if someone in the camping party gets ill but does not require medical attention.
  • For errors made on reservation by the reservation holder.
  • For minor vehicle issues including breakdowns, repairs or other equipment issues.
  • When a reservation cancellation or change falls within the penalty period.
  • For plans change due to arrangements falling through (i.e. child/pet care) or getting called into work.

 

Reservation Fees and Charges

  • A $12 reservation fee covers the cost of administering the reservation service. An additional $2 surcharge will apply to all transactions using the call centre.
  • Reservation, change and cancellation fees are non-refundable.
  • Where a refundable damage deposit is owed at the time of reservation, this must be paid in full. If no damage occurs during your stay, you will be refunded the damage deposit.
  • Change and Cancellation penalties are based on the type of site reserved. For a full listing of change and cancellation penalties, see Fees.

 

Seasonal Camping

  • Check-in: You must occupy your seasonal campsite by 12 p.m. noon CST on June 24 or you will be considered a no-show and your reservation cancelled.
  • Check-out: Depart by 12 p.m. noon CST on the last day of the camping season for that specific provincial park.
  • If you have an annual vehicle entry permit and a reservation, you can proceed directly to your campsite. You will be automatically checked in.
  • If you reserved an accessible/barrier-free campsite, you must be able to provide and display a valid accessible parking permit upon check-in at the park.
  • If you bring different equipment than what you reserved a site for, the park may not be able to honor your reservation.
  • A maximum of two vehicles and one watercraft are permitted at each campsite at any time, providing the site will accommodate them.
  • Upon arrival at the park, seasonal campers will be required to confirm they are the permit holder on the reservation to ensure the correct person is checking into the seasonal campsite. 
  • Permit holders shall not rent, sell, sublet, assign or otherwise transfer their reserved seasonal campsite.
  • The park administration office must be notified if the camping unit is going to be removed from the seasonal campsite for any time period.  The park reserves the right to assign the campsite to another camper for the vacated period.  Notice of 24-hours is required when returning to a seasonal campsite.
  • All camping units must be movable upon 24-hour notice.  At the end of the season, the camping unit must be removed from the campsite.  Winter trailer storage is available at some locations.
  • When vacating the campsite at the end of the season, the permittee must remove all personal property and restore the campsite to its original condition.  If the campsite is not restored to its original condition, the ministry reserves the right to restore the campsite and charge the associated costs for restoration of the campsite.
  • Failure to comply with the above conditions, The Parks Regulations, 1991 and The Parks Act may result in eviction and/or loss of the seasonal campsite for the season, or in following seasons.

 

Swimming Lessons

  • A Park Visitor Programs Authorization/Registration Form must be completed and returned upon arrival of the first day of swimming lessons. Park Visitor Programs Authorization/Registration Form can be found at saskparks.com.
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible person 15 years of age or older.
  • Children under six years of age must be actively supervised by a parent or guardian and within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Proper swim attire must be worn at all times.
  • Clean t-shirts, non-denim shorts and water shoes may be worn over proper swim attire.
  • Children, and anyone who may be incontinent, must wear protective swim diapers.
  • No smoking, glass containers or alcohol allowed.
  • Food and drink is allowed on grassed areas only. No sunflower seeds.
  • No outside pool toys or water balloons allowed (with the exception of lifejackets, personal flotation devices and water wings).
  • Every person over the age of three must pay admission to enter facility.
  • For more information regarding Red Cross Swimming, visit www.redcross.ca.

 

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks eGift Cards Terms & Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to Saskatchewan Provincial Parks (“Sask Parks”) eGift Cards (“eGift Cards”) purchased and supplied by Aspira at parks.saskatchewan.ca (“Reservation Website”), via the Sask Parks Reservation Call Centre (“Call Centre), and in Saskatchewan provincial parks. Purchase or use of the Sask Parks eGift Cards constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”). Sask Parks reserves the right to interpret, modify, or terminate the Terms and Conditions without notice. The most recent Terms and Conditions will always be posted at parks.saskatchewan.ca.

Using Your eGift Card

  • You are obligated to provide a correct email address for delivery of the Sask Parks eGift Card. By sending an eGift Card, you confirm that you have permission to send the eGift Card and reminders on your behalf to the provided email address.
  • eGift Cards may only be redeemed towards the purchase of eligible goods and services offered on the Reservation Website, via the Call Centre and at Saskatchewan provincial parks, including campground reservations and walk-ins upon availability, park entry permits, and services operated solely by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport. eGift Cards are not redeemable towards the purchase of goods and services offered by lessees operating in Saskatchewan provincial parks.
  • Sask Parks eGift Cards do not expire and we do not charge any service fees for non-use.
  • You can check your current balance or add more value to the eGift Card online at parks.saskatchewan.ca, by contacting the Call Centre, or in a Saskatchewan provincial park.
  • Where an eGift Card does not completely cover the full purchase amount, an additional accepted payment method must be used to complete the purchase.
  • If you paid for your Sask Parks transaction with two different payment methods, a refund will be issued on your second payment method first.
  • For example, if you paid for your order using an eGift card and credit card, we will first refund you on the credit card. If the value of the refund exceeded the amount paid with the credit card, the rest will be refunded in the form of a Sask Parks eGift Card. The Sask Parks eGift Card will be sent to you by email after the refund is complete.

Limited Liability

  • Sask Parks is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged eGift Cards or for any unauthorized card use.
  • eGift Cards cannot be exchanged for cash and any unused amount remains on the eGift Card. eGift Cards are fully transferable.
  • No returns and no refunds of Sask Parks eGift Cards.
  • eGift Cards cannot be resold or redeemed for more than face value.
  • A Sask Parks eGift Card does not guarantee availability at any campsite.

 

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Reservation Service Terms of Use

The Saskatchewan Provincial Parks (“Sask Parks”) Reservation Service is an online reservation website administered by the Parks Division of the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan. The service allows you to view, reserve, manage and purchase eligible goods and services at Saskatchewan provincial parks, including campground reservations and walk-ins upon availability, park passes, and services operated solely by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.

In providing information on the Reservation Service, every possible effort is made to keep the content accurate and current. However, we make no claims, guarantees or promises about the accuracy, currency, or completeness of the information provided and are not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for results obtained from the use of the information. We will make an effort to correct errors brought to our attention. Distribution of the information does not constitute any warranty. The user assumes the risk of verifying any materials used or relied on.

Privacy

The Sask Parks Reservation Service does not automatically gather personal information about you. We will only collect this type of information if you voluntarily supply it. If you provide us your personal information, it will only be used or disclosed for the purposes for which it was collected or, in limited circumstances, in accordance with The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

As you navigate the reservation service website, you may see links to external websites not owned or controlled by the Government of Saskatchewan, including social media platforms. Links to external websites do not imply any official Government of Saskatchewan endorsement of the opinions or ideas expressed therein, or guarantee the validity of the information provided. When visiting these external websites, you are subject to different privacy policies and terms of service of the respective external website. We strongly suggest that you read the site policies, including the privacy policies, for any external website that you visit through a link appearing on the Sask Parks Reservation Service.

We have implemented commercially reasonable precautions, including, where appropriate, password protection, encryption, and secure socket layering to protect the service and the information we collect from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Credit card information is collected through a secure connection to process payments and complete reservations in real-time. Your credit card number is not stored within the reservation service database.

You should take steps to protect against unauthorized access to your password, computer, and web-enabled devices, among other things, by signing off after using a shared computer, inserting a password on your web-enabled device, choosing a password that nobody else knows or can easily guess, keeping your password private, and periodically changing your password. You should never share your log-in information with others. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or compromised passwords, or for any activity on your account via unauthorized password activity.

Cookies

The Sask Parks Reservation Service uses cookies to keep your information secure and to see how our site is used and performs. Cookies are small text files that a web server may ask your web browser to store, and to send back to the web server when needed. Cookies may be used to store a transaction identifier or other information a user may provide. You can block or delete our cookies, but doing so will prevent you from using the service to create an account, make a reservation or complete a purchase.

Copyright

The information and images contained on this website are the property of the Government of Saskatchewan and used with permission of the legal owners. Information contained on this site is intended for private, non-commercial use only. You must contact us for permission if you want to:

  • Reproduce or use information or images contained on this website;
  • Charge your website’s users to click on a link to any page on saskatchewan.ca, parks.saskatchewan.ca or tourismsaskatchewan.com; or
  • Say your website is associated with or endorsed by saskatchewan.ca, parks.saskatchewan.ca or tourismsaskatchewan.com

To seek written permission, email parks.info@gov.sk.ca or write to:

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport
Parks Division – Visitor Experiences Branch
3211 Albert Street, 1st Floor
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 5W6
CANADA

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