There will be free entry into provincial parks this Labour Day long weekend.
That means vehicle permits are not required to visit a provincial park from Friday to Monday. Overnight camping fees still apply. Entrance fees to national parks also still apply.
Individuals who wish to camp can make a reservation through the Parks Reservation Service at www.manitobaparks.com or by calling toll free at 1-888-482-2267. Several provincial park campsites, cabins and yurts remain open through the fall, allowing campers to stay as late as Thanksgiving weekend in October.
Meanwhile, visitors and campers at provincial parks should remember to:
- be 'Wildlife Smart' by maintaining a clean campsite, keeping all food, trash, toiletries and cooking utensils locked in a vehicle or trailer and pack out trash and recyclables before leaving;
- keep all pets on leash;
- keep all campfires in approved pits such as those found in campsites, check with the campground office for any campfire restrictions; and
- prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer by not transporting firewood outside Winnipeg as this can result in charges and fines of up to $1,300 for individuals or $15,000 for businesses. Firewood should be obtained and burned locally, and is available for purchase from local retailers at most campgrounds.
To prevent and contain the spread of aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels, all water users including boaters, fishers and beach goers, must follow the specific decontamination and bait requirements in place in control zones. Anyone transporting watercraft including canoes and kayaks must stop at watercraft inspection stations when they are open.
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