Beginning this May long weekend, Government of Alberta officers will be out in force patrolling Alberta’s roadways, water bodies, parks, and public land. They will work with the RCMP to conduct checkstops and off-highway vehicle compliance checks to ensure Albertans are following the law.
When it comes to outdoor recreation, know the rules before you go – and respect them.
Camping on public land
Rules for camping vary depending on whether you’re visiting
- Provincial parks
- Public Land Use Zones (PLUZ)
- Alberta’s Forest Protection Area
- Privately held agricultural leases
Read up on the laws for your area before you go – but keep in mind these general guidelines for responsible camping on public lands.
Using motorized vehicles
Quads and other off-highway vehicles are exciting to ride – but their speed and power also makes it easier to damage the landscape. To minimize your impact:
- Travel on approved trails only
- Keep wheels out of streams, rivers, and lakes
- Leave fences and gates as they were
- Wash vehicle between uses – but never in a creek, river, or lake
- Ensure engines have working mufflers and spark arrestors
- Prevent the start of a wildfire – keep vehicle ‘hot spots’ free of debris
Learn the laws before you drive – read the complete list of requirements for OHV riders.
Hiking, biking, and more
Activities like hiking, biking, and horseback riding seem low-impact – until you multiply the effects by thousands of Albertans. Learn how to minimize your impact before you hit the trails.