The October 10th passage of the Parks Bylaw 21/18 clarified public consumption rules in Mountain View County parks prior to the October 17th legalization of recreational Cannabis use in Canada.
Under the updated bylaw, which was reviewed and approved by Mountain View County Council, Cannabis use is prohibited in the County’s day-use parks including Davidson Park, William J. Bagnall Wilderness Park, Hiller’s Dam, Winchell Lake, and Wayside Park and Fish. Alcohol consumption has always been prohibited and still is under the updated Bylaw.
Like alcohol the use of Cannabis is also prohibited in any County reserve such as municipal, environmental or other designated reserves.
Cannabis use in County-owned campgrounds, including the Water Valley Campground and the Westward Ho Park, is allowed at individual campsites. The exception to this regulation is if a campsite is within five (5) metres of a playground, a sports or playing field, or any area or place restricted by the provincial Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Act.
Any violation of this regulation can result in a $250 fine under provisions in the bylaw.
The full statement on liquor and Cannabis consumption in County parks is under section 6.08 of the Parks Bylaw.
Regulations regarding Cannabis production, processing, or retail are contained within the County’s Land Use Bylaw 16/18.
For the most part, County regulations regarding public consumption of liquor and cannabis mirrors that of provincial regulations. However, the regulations will continue to be reviewed on a regular basis to report back to Council on their effectiveness.
For more information on this issue please contact the County office at 403-335-3311 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.