Saskatchewan Parks locations might notice a change this May long weekend after a longstanding rule surrounding alcohol (and cannabis) consumption was lifted for the unofficial start to summer.
"This year, alongside neighbouring provinces Manitoba and Alberta, alcohol will be permitted in campsites during the opening of May long weekend." stated a government release.
Since 2006, alcohol has been banned in park campgrounds during the May long weekend here in Saskatchewan. Once legal cannabis was introduced it was added to the longstanding ban as well. The lifting of the ban means that both are now permitted, with some rules.
The Saskatchewan Parks website states that "consumption or display of an alcoholic beverage or cannabis in a public space is prohibited", but goes on to share that "alcoholic beverages and cannabis may be consumed in the camping permit holder’s camping unit, and on their assigned campsite in accordance with the Cannabis Control (Saskatchewan) Act and The Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act, 1997."
When an alcohol or cannabis ban is in effect those rules are ignored, but with this year's news of the May long ban being lifted, any red tape that existed around the consumption of the above items during the annual long week are now gone.
Other respectful rules people should be extra aware of during the long weekend is that quiet time runs 24 hours a day, and that intermittent generator use in campground without electricity is permitted between 9:00 AM and 11:00 PM, but must be turned off when the campsite is unattended.
Find the complete list of Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Policies here.