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Permits and Fees

Permits

Wilderness Reserves

The following permits are required in Wilderness Reserves.

  • Entry Permit
    • Every visitor to a wilderness reserve requires an entry permit. Application forms for these permits are available at a variety of locations around the province and are usually processed within 1 day.
  • Commercial Operator Permit PDF (145 KB)
    • All commercial operators, including outfitters and tour guides, whose activities take them inside a reserve's borders require a commercial operator permit.
  • Educational Tour Permit PDF (145 KB)
    • Any group, including school, university, or conference groups, conducting a tour within a wilderness reserve requires an educational tour permit.
  • Scientific Research Permit PDF (145 KB)
    • Anyone who wants to conduct scientific research in a wilderness reserve requires a scientific research permit.

Ecological Reserves

The following permits are required in Ecological Reserves.

  • Commercial Operator Permit PDF (145 KB)
    • All commercial operators, including outfitters and tour guides, whose activities take them inside a reserve's borders require a commercial operator permit.
  • Educational Tour Permit PDF (145 KB)
    • Any organized group, including school, university, club, or conference group, conducting a tour within an ecological reserve requires an educational tour permit.
  • Scientific Research Permit PDF (145 KB)
    • Anyone who wants to conduct scientific research in an ecological reserve requires a scientific research permit.

Application forms for commercial operator, educational tour and scientific research, permits should be submitted to the Parks and Natural Areas Division for processing (allow a minimum of three weeks).

Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis, with the exception of scientific research applications for seabird ecological reserves.

Note: Entry permits are not required for access to most ecological reserves. The exception is seabird ecological reserves. Entry permits are not required for access to the marine portion of the reserve but they are required for the sensitive nesting areas of the reserve.

Seabird research is reviewed annually at the Seabird Ecological Reserves Advisory Committee meeting. All Scientific Research Permit application forms must be submitted by January 31. For guidelines and more information on this process, see Science and Research.

Fees

Entering a wilderness or ecological reserve is free, and there are no fees charged for permits.

There are no charges for the guided tours offered by the Parks and Natural Areas Division at two ecological reserves on the Island of Newfoundland - Mistaken Point and Cape St. Mary's (on the southeastern and southwestern tip of the Avalon Peninsula, respectively).

The visitor centre at Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is open from May to October (see Park Opening and Closing Dates for specific opening and closing dates).

Guided tours are available at both locations from May to September or early October.

Please book ahead.

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve

Tel: (709) 277-1666

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve

Tel: (709) 438-1011

 

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