Are you certain a permit was not formerly required in winter? According to Canada’s current national parks regulations SOR/80-127 (2010):JohnAbercrombie said:In years past it was clear that a permit was required to camp in the BGI during the May 1 - Oct 1 'summer season', but a permit was not required in the 'winter' season
No person shall use or occupy or reside or camp on any public land in a Park ... unless he is
(a) the holder of a valid camping permit authorizing him to use that land for that purpose; or
(b) a member of a group in respect of which a camping permit has been issued and is still valid.
The current regulation is 10 years old, and I’ve confirmed that previous versions of the regulation dating back at least as far as 2006 contained the same requirement to obtain a camping permit.
If Parks Canada wasn’t giving out camping permits for the winter season in the past, then it would seem camping in winter wasn’t ever allowed. This would also be consistent with the email from Parks staffer Helen Davies, who wrote, “This is not a new decision.”
Is it possible this is all just a misunderstanding? Maybe kayakers who thought winter camping was allowed (and even permit-free!) were simply mistaken?