Bans on alcohol at some national and provincial parks are in place for Canada’s May long weekend
Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay national parks
A liquor ban is in effect for the Victoria Day long weekend (May 21 at 7:00 a.m. to Monday, May 24 at 12 noon) at all front-country campgrounds in Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay national parks. No alcohol is permitted in the campgrounds while the ban is in effect. For a list of the campgrounds that are open for the long weekend and affected by the liquor ban, click here.
Campers will be greeted by wardens and RCMP. They won’t let anyone into campsites with alcohol. If campers are caught with booze, fines range from a few hundred dollars, to a few thousand dollars with jail time.
Temporary liquor bans are in place at 10 provincial parks and recreation areas from noon today (May 20), until 6 p.m. Monday (May 24). The ban has been expanded to cover two new locations this year—Ghost Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area near Cochrane and Jarvis Bay Provincial Park near Sylvan Lake. An increased need for enforcement interventions at both parks resulted in this year’s ban.
Sites under the temporary liquor ban during Victoria Day long weekend include:
- Aspen Beach Provincial Park
- Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
- Dillberry Lake Provincial Park
- Garner Lake Provincial Park
- Ghost Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area
- Jarvis Bay Provincial Park
- Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
- Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
- Wabamun Lake Provincial Park
- Whitney Lakes Provincial Park
For campsite available visit Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca, or call 877-537-2757. Online reservations at 50 provincial campgrounds are available up to 90 days in advance.
There are a number of other provincial campgrounds that offer first-come, first-served campsites, and in some of these locations, phone reservations are available through the local campground office. Visit www.AlbertaParks.ca for more information.
You are encouraged to visit www.albertafirebans.ca for latest conditions before heading out to Alberta provincial campgrounds this camping season.
Saskatchewan’s provincial parks and recreation areas officially open for the season today (May 20) just in time for the long weekend. However, those campers looking to party it up this long weekend will have to do it without alcohol. Beginning 12 p.m. today until 11 p.m. Monday, there will be a liquor ban in all provincial parks and 17 regional parks.
In a news release sent out by the Government of Saskatchewan, it said the reason for the ban is to ensure park visitors enjoy a peaceful, family environment while visiting the parks.
The ban was introduced in 2006 across the province because of increasing concerns about alcohol related disturbances, in the parks, during the long weekend.
Saskatchewan provincial park reservable sites are 95 per cent full during the peak operating season of June 20 through to August 15. For details on reserving campsites, visit the Reserve-a-Site page.
First-come, first-served sites are also available for campers who are unable to secure a reservation or have not yet planned their vacation. Since these sites are popular you’re encouraged to call ahead to check availability prior to your departure.
Camping in Manitoba provincial parks will be a family experience this long weekend, says provincial conservation minister Bill Blaikie, who announced that the parks will once again be liquor free for the Victoria Day holiday.
“Manitoba’s provincial parks are a popular May long weekend destination, but no liquor will be allowed in the campgrounds over this holiday,” Blaikie said. “We hope everyone will enjoy their camping experience and we encourage them to not put themselves in a position where they could be fined or face an eviction from their campsites.”
The alcohol ban applies to all provincial park campgrounds, group-use areas, provincially operated family vacation cabin locations and yurts. Consumption of alcohol is not allowed in public areas such as beaches at any time.
Campsite, cabins, yurt and group-use reservations are available and recommended. Reservations can be made on-line through manitobaparks.com or by contacting a customer service representative at 1-888-482-2267 or in Winnipeg at 948-3333.
There are 329 provincial parks in Ontario and more than 100 provide visitor facilities. Last year, 9.5 million visits were made to Ontario Provincial Parks.
Effective last Friday (May 14), an 11-day ban on the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is in effect at 44 provincial parks. For additional information and list of parks affected, click here. If you possess or consume alcohol during this time, you can be charged under the Liquor Licence Act.
Camp site reservations, which can be made up to five months in advance, are available and recommended; and can be made on-line through the Ontario Parks Reservation Service, or by phone 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275).
Have a great and safe long weekend—and please DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
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