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Cannabis Friendly Canadian Campsites


Have you ever wanted to take a cannabis-friendly camping trip? Well, Highland Cannabis has mapped it all out for you.

If you’re ready to celebrate park season, it’s important to know where you can trigger one.

Parks Canada has allowed campers to smoke cannabis in campsites since 2018. The only catch is that you must follow local provincial guidelines on how to consume cannabis in Canadian parks. Collectively, cannabis use is acceptable at most individual trails and campsites in Canada, but each province is different and therefore has different regulations.

Highland Cannabis, a shop based in Kitchener, Ontario, has created a guide, Blazing Trails – A Canadian Guide to Cannabis-Friendly Campgrounds, to help smokers navigate campsites and trails that Parks Canada allows cannabis use. They even provide province-specific regulations, guidelines, and penalties.

According to a Press release created by Highland Cannabis, here are the rules, restrictions and penalties for each province:

Cannabis Friendly Campgrounds in Canada

With over 6,500 medically licensed producers, British Columbia is one of the most popular destinations for people who want to enjoy cannabis with a landscape.

Registered Parks Canada campsites, the backcountry, Yoho National Park, and trails like Alice Lake Trail and DeBeck’s Hill Trail allow cannabis use.

Common areas and playgrounds in campgrounds are prohibited.

If you are caught smoking weed in undesignated areas, you can be fined up to $575.

Alberta is home to many great parks like the Rockies and the Great Plains.

While in this province, you must be 18 or older to purchase and transport marijuana.

Parks Canada registered campsites, backcountry and trails allow the consumption of cannabis.

Park sites like Lake Louise (Banff National Park) and Waterton Park (Waterton Lakes National Park) allow public consumption if they are within the city limits.

Common areas and playgrounds in campgrounds are prohibited.

If caught, you will receive a first-time warning with a $100 fine.

Saskatchewan must be the least welcoming to smokers. They have very strict cannabis and alcohol regulations. Both are prohibited.

Cannabis is not permitted in public areas, campgrounds, backcountry, trails, playgrounds or Prince Albert National Park.

It is only permitted at registered Parks Canada campsites.

Getting caught using cannabis by a school or daycare can put you at risk of a hefty fine of $200 to $1,000.

Like Saskatchewan, Manitoba is not in favor of the 420.

Cannabis is not permitted in public areas, campgrounds, backcountry, trails, playgrounds and Riding Mountain National Park.

It is only permitted at registered Parks Canada campsites.

If you are caught smoking or vaping cannabis in Manitoba, you will be fined $672.

Ontario is another smoker-friendly province in Canada.

In public, Parks Canada campgrounds, backcountry and registered trails allow the consumption of cannabis.

It is prohibited in common areas and play areas of campsites.

Due to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act of 2017, if you smoke or vape in a prohibited area, you will be fined $1,000 for the first time, and $5,000 for any subsequent violations.

Maybe one you might not want to put on your list. Quebec is one of the strictest provinces in Canada.

The legal age to purchase and transport marijuana is 21 or older. Cannabis is only legal in Quebec if you buy it from the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC).

It’s easier to tell you where it’s allowed than where it’s not, and only at registered Parks Canada campsites. Everywhere else marijuana is banned.

You could receive fines ranging from $70 to $2,250.

Although it’s not the best province to go to, it’s not the worst.

Canada’s second-smallest province allows cannabis use in public, at registered Parks Canada campsites and in the backcountry.

It does not allow consumption in the common areas, trails and play areas of the campsite.

You can face a fine of up to $2,000 for a violation.

New Brunswick offers perfect campsites, but not for marijuana lovers,

The only area where cannabis is allowed is at registered Parks Canada campsites.

Public use, campground common area, backcountry, trails and playgrounds are prohibited.

There is not yet an average fine in New Brunswick, but it is said to be quite significant.

Again, another province to avoid for cannabis users.

It is prohibited in public places, campgrounds, common areas, backcountry, trails and playgrounds.

Only campsites registered with Parks Canada allow the flower.

Since Prince Edward Island is governed by the Smoke-Free Act, the penalty fee for smoking is between $100 and $2,000.

Both provinces share the same view on cannabis in their parks. It’s forbidden.

Restricted to public areas, campgrounds, backcountry, trails and playgrounds.

Must be consumed only at registered Parks Canada campsites.

Penalty fees range from $50 to $500 if caught in a public area. If you are caught consuming in a vehicle, penalty charges range from $300 to $10,000.

As great as being able to observe the Northern Lights with high-pitched sounds, it might not be the easiest thing to do. Most territorial parks listed in Parks Canada for the Northwest may not be cannabis friendly.

Public use, registered Parks Canada campsites, backcountry and trails allow cannabis consumption.

The consumption of cannabis is prohibited in the common areas and play areas of the campsite.

You will have to pay a penalty of $500 for your first violation and up to $1,000 for any subsequent violation.

Not only will you be able to consume, but you will be able to see the amazing indigenous communities and lands around you.

Anyone over the age of 19 is allowed to carry 30 grams of cannabis for their own use.

The only restricted areas are common areas of campgrounds and playgrounds.

Other areas such as public campgrounds registered by Parks Canada, backcountry and trails are permitted.

You could be fined $200 for your first offense and up to $2,000 for any subsequent offences.

Last on the list, unfortunately, is one of the strictest provinces in Canada for cannabis consumption.

Parks Canada registered campsites are the only places where consumption is permitted.

In public, common areas of campgrounds, backcountry, trails and playgrounds are excluded.

The Yukon is governed by the Cannabis Control and Regulation Act, which means you will be subject to a fine of up to $2,000 for your first offence.

When planning your 420 friendly camping trips, remember to consider the terrain you are on. If you smoke, be sure to pick up after yourself. We want to preserve these beautiful parks for future generations to enjoy.

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