Want to canoe, fish or paddleboard in Banff National Park? Get a valid Self-Certification Permit!

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Parks Canada has recently introduced new restrictions on water activities in Banff National Park.

The use of non-motorized watercraft, fishing equipment, and aquatic recreational equipment are restricted in all waterbodies within the Park at all times to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.

Aquatic Invasive Species are fish, plants, etc. species that have been introduced to a new waterbody. They can grow quickly due to the lack of natural predators in the new environment, which can harm native species. Read more: https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/species-especes/ais-eae/about-sur/index-eng.html

Non-motorized watercraft” includes any of the following that is not motorized:
  • Boat
  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • Raft
  • Stand-up paddleboard,
  • Inflatable or other type or class of vessel
“Fishing equipment” means:
  • Fishing rods
  • Tackle
  • Waders
  • Wading boots
  • Gloves
  • Nets
  • Any other type of fishing equipment that comes into contact with water or animal material
“Aquatic recreational equipment” means:
  • Personal floatation devices
  • Throw bags
  • Water shoes
  • Wetsuits
  • Any other type of recreational gear that comes in contact with the water
Violators may be charged under the Canada National Parks Act: maximum penalty $25,000.

You are allowed to do these activities if you carry a valid Self-Certification Permit while out on the water.

Obtain a Self-Certification Permit from Parks Canada’s website:


Word of the Day:

Non-motorized: not equipped with a motor

Information in this post is taken from the official website of the Canadian government on June 17, 2021: RESTRICTED ACTIVITY – Restriction on the use of non-motorized watercraft, fishing equipment and aquatic recreational equipment – Bulletins – Banff National Park (pc.gc.ca)