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Posted: 06/18/12 05:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Now that I am in Quebec, I have learned that the National Parks here don't allow dogs. Really disappointing and since Canada's wonderful NPs are a really strong reason for us to be in the province, we'll be moving out in less time than planned. Two questions, s'il vous plait:

1) If it is a National Park, how does a province get to alter the rules?
2) As we work our way back all across Canada to BC and visit every province, are we likely to encounter other National Parks with "Provincial" limitations and rule changes re dogs?

This will really help us in our planning. Thanks.

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Are you confusing a National Park with a Provincial Park? I know Quebec does not allow pets in their provincial parks - or at least some of them, as we have been turned away because of our cat. We have never had a problem staying in a National Park with the cat.

Maybe the rules have changed in the past few years as we have avoided National Parks due to the high cost.


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exportman wrote:

Now that I am in Quebec, I have learned that the National Parks here don't allow dogs. Really disappointing and since Canada's wonderful NPs are a really strong reason for us to be in the province, we'll be moving out in less time than planned. Two questions, s'il vous plait:

1) If it is a National Park, how does a province get to alter the rules?
2) As we work our way back all across Canada to BC and visit every province, are we likely to encounter other National Parks with "Provincial" limitations and rule changes re dogs?

This will really help us in our planning. Thanks.


According to the National Park regulations dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs can be removed if a park warden deems the animal to be a nuisance, if it is found at large (not on a leash), if it bites someone, etc.

I just did a quick Google and found the following, which is very surprising to me:

http://www.sepaq.com/pq/oka/information.dot?language_id=1

and specifically the link on the above page which takes you to this:

http://www.sepaq.com/dotAsset/170602.pdf

I don't know how Quebec does things, is it possible they have "National" parks under provincial control and outside the control of Parks Canada?


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Parcs National de la Jacques Cartier near Qubec City and Parc National de la Gaspesie on the Gaspe Peninsula to name two.

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Parcs National de la Jacques Cartier near Qubec City and Parc National de la Gaspesie on the Gaspe Peninsula to name two.


Those aren't National Parks run by Parks Canada. There are only three "National" parks in Quebec:

Forillon National Park of Canada
La Mauricie National Park of Canada
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada

It looks like Quebec has decided to call some parks "National" when they aren't.

Here's a link to the official, Federal Government run, Parks Canada and all of the true National Parks in Canada.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/np-pn/recherche-search_e.asp?p=1

As long as you are at one of these your dog should be good to go (on a leash). I visit the Rocky Mountain national parks all the time (Banff, Jasper, Yoho in particular) and see lots of dogs around.

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Here's a link to the National Parks of Canada Domestic Animal Act. It clearly states dogs are allowed.

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-98-177/page-3.html#docCont

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So, I buy a season pass for the National Parks called the Parcs Canada Discovery Pass and it is't good at all NPs, when a Province such as Quebec calls its provincial park a national park. Guess my understanding of "national" is a bit broader than a province. Hmmm! Buyer beware. Thanks for the links to REAL National Parks/Parcs. We'll get to see more bona fide ones in the weeks ahead.

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96Brigadier wrote:

exportman wrote:

Parcs National de la Jacques Cartier near Qubec City and Parc National de la Gaspesie on the Gaspe Peninsula to name two.


Those aren't National Parks run by Parks Canada. There are only three "National" parks in Quebec:

Forillon National Park of Canada
La Mauricie National Park of Canada
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada

It looks like Quebec has decided to call some parks "National" when they aren't.

Here's a link to the official, Federal Government run, Parks Canada and all of the true National Parks in Canada.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/np-pn/recherche-search_e.asp?p=1

As long as you are at one of these your dog should be good to go (on a leash). I visit the Rocky Mountain national parks all the time (Banff, Jasper, Yoho in particular) and see lots of dogs around.


Vocabulary en francais. Mais oui Parc National est a Park of Quebec.

As said by others what you want is Parks Canada. Google that.

It is also true that much beautiful country is in the parks of the Provence de Quebec. I can't find any regulations re. pets via google. Where did you pick up information re. pets in Parcs National du Quebec?




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Posted: 06/18/12 06:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

C'mon, LK, I know just enough French to know that Parc National means National Park in Quebec or Acadia or France. Isn't it a gross distortion of the term 'national' since it is not managed and run by Ottawa?
FYI we saw it in:
Guide du Camping au Quebec 2012
Gaspesie Tourist Guide 2012/2013
A Quebec area camping guide 2011
also we called both Parks to confirm.

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You may have noticed the Loyal Citizens of Quebec consider Themselves in a slightly different light than do the rest of Canadians.


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