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Revised Statutes of Newfoundland 1990




1. Short title

2. Definitions

3. Lands for provincial parks

4. Constitution of provincial parks

5. Control and management

6. Appointment of officers

7. Boards or committees

8. Regulations

9. Penalty

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Provincial Parks Act.

RSN1970 c312 s1

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2. In this Act

(a) "minister" means the Minister of Environment and Lands; and

(b) "provincial park" means a provincial park constituted under this Act.

RSN1970 c312 s2; 1972 No7 s2; 1972 No11 s2;
1973 No18 Sch B; 1979 c49 Sch D; 1981 c4 Sch F; 1981 c4 s55(5); 1989 c21 Sch B

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Lands for provincial parks

3. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may

(a) acquire by purchase, lease or otherwise land within the province as a provincial park or a part of it, out of money provided by the Legislature for that purpose;

(b) accept a gift of land from a person for a provincial park or a part of it; and

(c) set apart Crown lands as provincial parks.

RSN1970 c312 s3

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Constitution of provincial parks

4. (1) The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may by proclamation published in the Gazette constitute an area within the province as a provincial park within the meaning of this Act and may by proclamation increase or decrease the area of a provincial park.

(2) The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may, subject to the terms and conditions that he or she may consider desirable, make a provincial park constituted under subsection (1) available to the public for use as a recreational and picnic site or for either of those purposes.

RSN1970 c312 s4; 1981 c89 s1

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Control and management

5. The minister shall control and manage provincial parks.

RSN1970 c312 s5

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Appointment of officers

6. (1) The minister may appoint officers who shall exercise and perform the powers and duties that are conferred or imposed upon them by this Act or the regulations or assigned to them by the minister.

(2) An officer appointed under subsection (1) has and may exercise within provincial parks the power and authority of a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

RSN1970 c312 s6; 1981 c79 s8

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Boards or committees

7. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may appoint the boards or committees that he or she thinks necessary to help and advise the minister in the control and management of provincial parks and may appoint different boards or committees for different provincial parks.

RSN1970 c312 s7

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8. The Lieutenant-Governor in Council may make regulations

(a) for the use, care, preservation and improvement of, and safety within provincial parks including the rivers, lakes, trees, shrubbery and other things whether animate or inanimate;

(b) designating parts of provincial parks in which land may be leased or occupied under a licence of occupation for private or commercial purposes;

(c) regulating the location of sites that may be occupied and limiting the number of commercial resorts in each of the parts designated under paragraph (b);

(d) prescribing the terms and conditions governing the cost or type of construction and the location of buildings or structures that may be erected under a lease or licence under paragraph (b);

(e) for licensing and governing guides in provincial parks;

(f) for regulating, controlling and governing air, land and water traffic, including pedestrian traffic, in provincial parks and prohibiting the use of a defined class of aircraft, boat, or land vehicle whether power driven or not;

(g) for regulating the use, setting out and extinguishment of fires in provincial parks;

(h) for prohibiting or regulating and governing horses, dogs and other animals in provincial parks;

(i) prescribing the fees and rentals payable to the Crown for a licence, permit or lease issued or made under this Act or the regulations; and

(j) generally, to give effect to the purpose of this Act

and in respect of the preceding matters different regulations may be made in respect of different provincial parks or parts of them.

RSN1970 c312 s8

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9. A person who fails to comply with this Act or the regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $500.

RSN1970 c312 s9; 1973 No68 s2

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