A park use permit is issued to:
- authorize the provision of commercial services in a park or conservancy;
- authorize the use, disturbance or removal of a natural resource in a park or conservancy;
- authorize the use and occupancy of land in a park or conservancy; and
- authorize scientific research in a park or conservancy.
Four general types of park use permits exist:
Commercial Recreation: This permit covers all commercial recreation activities involving guided adventure tourism opportunities in parks and conservancies including, but not limited to, hiking, kayaking, boat tours, river rafting, caving, and heli-skiing.
The Commercial Recreation permit is also used to authorize commercial recreation services in parks and conservancies that may involve land use and occupancy such as guide outfitting, angle guiding, lodges, ski facilities, equipment rentals and food services. Angle guides and guide outfitters will also need authorizations under the Wildlife Act.
The Commercial Recreation permit is also used to authorize the provision of access services to a park or conservancy by a commercial operator (e.g. floatplane, helicopter, boat or bus).
Film Production: This permit covers all commercial filming undertaken within parks and conservancies including still or motion photography on film or videotape regardless of the amount of time spent in the park (can be anywhere from less than an hour to multiple days).
Land Use/Occupancy: This permit covers all use and occupancy of land, other than commercial recreation activities, that take place within a park or conservancy, including but not limited to: structures and improvements, access roads or trails, utility rights-of-way, communication sites, aquaculture, water storage, trapping, diversions, dams and other miscellaneous land use.
Research: This permit covers research activity undertaken in a park or conservancy such as specimen collections, surveys, inventories and monitoring plots.
Resource Use Permits
Resource use permits are the same as park use permits but are issued to authorize activities and uses in a recreation area.
Ecological Reserve Permits
Ecological reserve permits may only be issued to authorize the use and occupation of an ecological reserve for ecological scientific research or education purposes.