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Rules to Guide and Assist

This summary of rules is prepared for your convenience. It is not a complete list of the various Acts and Regulations which apply in provincial parks. Please contact the camp offices for a more detailed summary. These laws are enforced by Park Wardens who are Peace Officers defined under the Criminal Code of Canada and have, in the park, the same authority as a police officer. Violation of these laws may mean eviction from the park, an out of court fine or a fine imposed by the court.

Alcoholic Beverages
You are permitted to consume or possess open alcoholic beverages on a registered campsite only. A total alcohol ban is in effect the week proceeding and including the Victoria Day Weekend (phone the park information line at (519) 243-2220 for specific dates). During this period, possession of alcohol is prohibited in Pinery.
Minimum Fine - $100.00 and eviction

Bicycles
Are allowed only on paved roads and the bicycle trail. Since they cause damage to the trail surface, and are a nuisance to hikers, their use on all other trails is prohibited. Cyclists 16 years of age and younger must wear a helmet.
Minimum Fine - $60.00

Campfires
Fires are permitted in designated fireplaces only.
Minimum Fine - $150.00

Camping Equipment
Without a limit on the amount of camping gear allowed, sites would quickly deteriorate, eventually destroying surrounding vegetation. The limit is 3 pieces of shelter equipment (only one of which can be a trailer).
Minimum Fine - $75.00

Camping Permits
You are required to vacate and remove all property from your campsite by 2 PM on the date your permit expires. A maximum of 6 persons are allowed to occupy a site and the maximum length of stay is 23 days.
Minimum Fine - $75.00

Entry to the Park
All visitors must enter through the main gate of the park. After eviction, you are prohibited from entering any Provincial Park for 72 hours.
Minimum Fine - $55.00-$200.00

Fireworks
Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited at all times.
Minimum Fine - $100.00-$150.00

Fishing
Ontario residents between the ages of 18 to 65 are required to purchase a fishing license. Nonresidents please check fishing regulations.
Minimum Fine - $100.00-$150.00

Hours of Closing
Only registered campers are allowed in the park during posted hours of closing; 10 PM to 8 am.
Minimum Fine - $75.00-$125.00

Motorized Vehicles
Licensed motor vehicles may operate on roads only. All provisions of the Highway Traffic Act apply on all park roads at all times. Off-road vehicles are not permitted into the park because of environmental damage that results from their use. Each vehicle in the park must have a valid permit on display.
Minimum Fine - $125.00

Parking
All vehicles must be parked in designated areas. The camping fee allows for one vehicle to be parked on a campsite. An Additional Vehicle Permit is required for a second vehicle parked on the campsite. Any further vehicles need a permit as well and must be parked in a specific Additional Parking area. Permits must be in full view at all times to allow staff to monitor the status of each vehicle.
Minimum Fine - $30.00

Pets
All domestic animals must be kept on a leash not exceeding 2 metres, at all times. Under the Public Health Act, pets are not allowed in swimming areas or on the beach at any time. You must clean up after your pet.
Minimum Fine - $75.00-$100.00

Park Resources
Laws in provincial parks protects all vegetation, wildlife, and natural features. Nothing, including wild flowers and dead wood, may be picked, removed or damaged. Picking wild flowers can kill the plant and remove the seed source. Dead wood is protected as it provides homes for wildlife and replenishes the soil as it decays.
Minimum Fine - $125-$150.00

Refuse/Litter
Deposit all garbage and litter in the containers provided to discourage raccoons and other wildlife from becoming pests. Leave your campsite in a clean and natural state at all times.
Minimum Fine - $125.00

Rowdyism/Noise
Rowdy behaviour, including excessive noise and obscene language, is not permitted at anytime. You are not allowed to disturb any other person or interfere with anyone else's enjoyment of the park at any time of the day or night.
Minimum Fine - $150.00/ eviction

Speeding
Excessive speeds are dangerous to wildlife and park visitors who may be walking, riding bikes or driving. The speed limit is 40 km/h on all main park roads and 20 km/h on campground roads.
Minimum Fine - $100.00

Watercraft
Powered watercraft may not land, launch or be nearer than 30 metres from shore in designated swimming areas. Swimming areas are marked with white buoys. Red and green buoys mark where watercraft can enter and leave the shore areas. Motors of any kind are not permitted in the Old Ausable Channel.
Minimum Fine - $125.00

The court imposes a surcharge to all fines and some offences may result in eviction from the park.

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