There are around 14,000 campsites in various provincial parks throughout Alberta, and the government is reminding anyone using one to be aware of laws and rules in place.

There are different rules for different sites, however Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Public Affairs Officer with Environment and Parks says the most important thing to keep in mind is being a good neighbour.

"Avoid excessive noise, and excessive partying, people come out to the parks to escape the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives, and search for peace and quiet. We ask that people avoid excessive noise, we do have set quiet hours from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m."

Van Nieuvenhuyse shares a few other rules to keep in mind are keeping all pets on a leash no longer than 2 metres, and never leaving a fire unattended, both of which could result in fines.

She adds anyone heading out for an adventure in a provincial park should check the Alberta Parks website for any trail closures, and liquor bans.

"There is a liquor ban in 9 of our provincial parks for the May Long Weekend, starting from Thursday, until 6 p.m. Monday. That ban applies to all campgrounds within the park, so if people are wanting to know which campsites are effected by it is listed on our website."

Another important thing to keep in mind is avoiding wildlife interaction by properly storing food, and disposing of garbage.

"It is important that people properly dispose of their garbage or store it properly, make sure that its in an area that a bear can't access. Bears are very smart, and they are very motivated to get at your food, they will definitely try to find it, so it's best to make sure that you are clearing it away, and storing it properly as well. It's good to store it in a hard sided case, as well as in your vehicle if you can while you're not there."

Van Nieuvenhuyse adds if you experience any issues with neighbouring campsites, it's best to contact the Alberta Parks Official on Site.

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