Rules, Regulations and Etiquette

Backcountry Etiquette

North Frontenac Park Lands are a marvel of natural beauty and home to a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife species. Here are a few “common sense” rules of backcountry etiquette that will help ensure that nature's fragile balance is maintained for all visitors to enjoy.

Avoiding Bears

Bears have a very keen sense of smell. To avoid attracting bears, please follow the following simple guidelines:

Eliminate odours, as much as possible, including food and garbage, cosmetics, sunscreen, toothpaste and insect repellent.

Separate your tent from the cooking area and food supply, which should be downwind from the tent.

Store your food supplies in a sturdy bag 5 meters off the ground, 2 meters from the trunk and 1 meter below the branches. Never store or leave food in your tent.

Be sure to pack all your garbage with you when you leave. Never bury or burn your garbage. The bears will find it!


Who to Contact


Call 911 or your local police, if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and:

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • stalks people and lingers at the site

Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.


Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (*between April 1-November 30) if a bear is:

  • roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering

From Dec 1-March 31, please contact your local MNRF District office.

Information Fact Sheets

Download OPP Bear Encounter – Who Do I call fact sheet.

Download Be Bear Wise Cottage Fact Sheet

Download the Keep Bears out of Your Neighbourhood fact sheet.

Download Be Bear Wise Camping fact sheet.

Download the Bear County safety fact sheet.

Download the Be Bear Wise –Enjoying the outdoors fact sheet.


Campsites are equipped with stone fire rings, which help to minimize the impact of campfires on the immediate environment. Building a fire anywhere else on the campsite is not permitted. Never leave a fire unattended and always keep a supply of water nearby, just in case. Before leaving the campsite, make sure the fire is fully extinguished

Pit Privies and Cat Holes

If your campsite has a pit privy, by all means use it. A pit privy is designed to contain human waste in as small of an area as possible and to prevent the spreading of disease. If a pit privy is not located on or near your campsite, a “cat hole” is an easy solution for safe disposal. Simply dig a hole 15-30 cms deep, at least 30 meters from the water, then when you're done replace the soil and restore the immediate area to its original condition, as much as possible.

Show Respect for Nature and the Wildlife

Let the sounds of nature prevail and avoid making loud noises. Always observe the wildlife from a distance and avoid approaching, following or feeding the animals. When hiking or biking, stay on the trails and avoid stepping on plants.

The Campsite

Before pitching your tent, look for a location that will result in the minimal damage to plant life and that can be restored to its original condition when you leave. Always check for garbage left behind and make sure you pack out everything you brought with you to the campsite.


If you need to use soap, either for bathing of dishwashing, please use only biodegradable soap and avoid draining the soap into the water source. It should be disposed of in an area where there is no vegetation and at least 30 meters from the lake or water source.

Rules and Regulations

The North Frontenac Parklands are situated on Crown Lands which offer campers, hikers, bikers and users of small recreational water craft some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer.

To help make your stay an enjoyable one for you and other visitors, we ask that you abide by the following Municipal Camping By-law rules and regulations:

  • The North Frontenac Park Lands are open to visitors with camping permits from May 1 through to October 31 every year. Road access permits are required for the use of Crown roads within the North Frontenac Park Lands, from April 1st to November 15th each year.
  • Camping is allowed only on designated campsites with a valid camping permit. Road access is included during the valid period specified on your camping permit. Leave the road access portion of your camping permit displayed in the windshield of your vehicle when you park it.
  • No more than 6 persons shall occupy a campsite at the same time.
  • No more than 10 persons shall occupy a group campsite (non-profit groups only) unless otherwise designated.
  • Campsite permits are in effect from the time of issue until noon on the day it expires. Please vacate the site by 12 noon.
  • Persons to whom campsite permits have been issued are required to show the permit for inspection by the By-law Enforcement Officer upon request.
  • Upon vacating a campsite, persons shall take with them all equipment, materials, food supplies and garbage and leave the campsite in a neat and tidy condition.
  • Persons with valid permits shall not leave their campsite unattended for a period exceeding 8 hours.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated fire pits or in portable stoves and BBQs.
  • Keep fires small using only fallen small branches and twigs. Never cut down trees or vegetation on the campground.

       a) If a FIRE BAN is in effect, then no person shall start a fire or permit a fire to continue to burn, EXCEPT in a portable                  stove or BBQ. ***Please check the Township of North Frontenac website ( for the current                    FIRE BAN status and BURNING BYLAW.

       b) Persons starting a fire must keep it under control at all times, and ensure that it is fully extinguished with water

  • No person using the Park Lands shall:

       a) Remove, damage or deface any property of the Park Lands

       b) Cut or remove any trees

       c) Deposit litter or other debris in any place other than a designated receptacle

       d) Shout, play loud music, make noises or engage in unruly behaviour that is disturbing, disruptive or annoying to other               visitors

  • All guests shall be registered with the permit issuer and the person to whom the campsite permit is issued shall be responsible for the conduct of the guests at all times.
  • Failure by any person to comply with this By-law may result in immediate cancellation of the campsite permit and removal from the Park Lands.
  • Any person who contravenes this By-law is guilty of an offense and upon conviction is liable to payment of a fine.
  • The Township of North Frontenac does not allow for refunds under normal circumstances. If unable to use your reservation you may submit a request prior to you arrival date to exchange for another time for the same length of stay.

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