Drone flying is a popular hobby and useful in many fields of work. However, they also pose risks and can disturb wildlife and visitors. For these reasons, Parks Canada strictly limits the use of drones.

Flying a drone without park or site approval may result in law enforcement action and a fine of up to $3000.

Flying for fun

All Parks Canada places are “no drone zones” for recreational use. Please leave your drone at home.

Special events

On occasion, Parks Canada may host a special event, such as a model aircraft festival, where recreational flights will be allowed under controlled conditions. Organizations that wish to hold a drone flying event should begin discussions with the park or site several months in advance to determine whether the activity is possible and to arrange the necessary permits.

Non-recreational use

Field Unit Superintendents may authorize limited use of drones for:

  • natural and cultural resource management
  • public safety
  • law enforcement
  • park/site management purposes (including filming and photography for outreach, education and promotional purposes)

For non-recreational drone usage, you will need:

The risks and impacts of drone flight vary depending on time/season and location; therefore, each application is evaluated separately.

Commercial video and photography

You must identify the desire to fly a drone in your Film and Photography Permit application. Please contact the park or site directly.

Scientific research

You must identify the desire to fly a drone in your Research and Collection Permit application.

Other uses

For other uses, please contact the park or site directly.