Terra Nova National Park: Charges laid for illegal snowmobiling

ST. JOHN’S, March 8, 2011 – Parks Canada advises the public that a total of 10 charges have been laid against 4 individuals for offences occurring in Terra Nova National Park on February 6, 2011.

Six charges were laid under the Canada National Parks Act: three for damaging and destroying flora in a park and three for operating an over-snow vehicle in a park without a permit.  Four additional charges have been laid under the Criminal Code for obstructing a person making a legal seizure in a park.

The investigation continues for offences related to the events of February 13, 2011 and the illegal cutting of a trail in Terra Nova National Park in late 2010 and charges may be laid where warranted.

Parks Canada wishes to remind Canadians that illegal snowmobile and ATV use in a national park are serious offences that are addressed through the court system. Convictions may result in maximum fines of $25,000 and the forfeiture of vehicles or other equipment used in the commission of an offense. Individuals and recreational groups are urged to respect the regulations governing the use of national parks.

Parks Canada is committed to applying the Canada National Parks Act and associated regulations to ensure the protection of Canada’s natural heritage for the enjoyment and benefit of this and future generations of Canadians.



Jennifer Duff
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Newfoundland East Field Unit