About the Canada Wildlife Act

The Act allows for the creation, management and protection of wildlife areas for wildlife research activities, or for conservation or interpretation of wildlife.

The purpose of wildlife areas is to preserve habitats that are critical to migratory birds and other wildlife species, particularly those that are at risk.

The Wildlife Area Regulations prohibits all activities that could be harmful to species and to their habitat, unless a permit is issued indicating the permitted activity. Activities such as hiking, canoeing, photography and bird watching can be carried out without a permit in most areas.

For historical reasons, wildlife areas are known as National Wildlife Areas.

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