There is good news for dog owners hoping to explore Quebec’s network of provincial parks, campgrounds and nature reserves in company of their four-legged friends.
As of May 17, dogs are allowed in the province’s parks managed by the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SÉPAQ).
But before yipping with with joy, be aware of the strict rules in place to ensure the park grounds can still be enjoyed by all.
On its website, Sepaq lists the following regulations:
The move to allow dogs into parks comes after a two-year pilot project that showed high compliance rates by owners. The presence of dogs did not appear to have a negative impact on costumer experience.
“Insofar as these rules are respected, there is no reason to believe that the presence of dogs has a bigger impact than that of humans in provincial parks,” a statement on the website reads.
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While most parks will be accessible to dogs — albeit limited to certain areas — some parks will be off limits, including Sépaq Anticosti and Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé.
Guide dogs and service dogs are allowed everywhere.