General Information & Regulations

General Information & Regulations

General Information & Regulations


  • Parks are generally open between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., unless marked otherwise at a park entrance gate.
  • Entrance gates at Moorecroft and Top Bridge close at 9 p.m. (subject to earlier closure during winter months).


  • Dogs are permitted in RDN Parks if kept under control by their owners.
  • Dogs must be leashed at Moorecroft, Horne Lake and Descanso Bay Regional Park.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the Little Qualicum River Estuary Regional Conservation Area.

Camping & Campfires

  • Camping and campfires are only permitted at Descanso Bay and Horne Lake Regional Parks.
  • Camping and smoking bans may be in effect during dry weather. Check for notices here.

Vehicles, E-bikes and Vessels

  • ATVs, dirt bikes and other personal motorized recreational vehicles are not permitted in RDN Parks or Trails.
  • Electric bikes are not considered vehicles and are permitted in RDN Parks and Trails.
  • Overnight mooring of vessels (on land or water) is not permitted.
  • No person shall bring in, park, operate, launch or run ashore a personal watercraft (seadoo/jet-ski).

Wildlife & Our Natural Environment

  • The RDN is bear and cougar country. Learn facts and tips here!
  • Please respect wildlife, vegetation and other natural features in RDN Parks and Trails.
  • Hunting, harvesting, salvage or disturbance of any natural feature is not permitted.
  • Where garbage cans are not provided, please take out what you take in.

Special Events

  • Park Use Permits may be granted for a special event or occasion within a park.

Park Use Regulations

  • For safe enjoyment by all park visitors, please observe and obey signage posted at RDN Parks and Trails.
  • Additional information can be found in the Park Use Regulations Bylaw No. 1801.