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Be Aware of Drone No-Fly Zones

Drone No-Fly Zones are areas where it may be unsafe or illegal to fly your drone. If you fly a drone in Canada, you must follow the rules that help keep people and aircraft safe.

When you fly a drone for any reason you should generally not fly around airports, in busy, populated areas, or in national parks. If you want to fly in any of these areas you will need to get permission from Transport Canada. 

The National Research Council Canada has created an interactive map, that helps drone operators understand airspace and find out where to fly. There is also a selection of handy FAQs to help you understand restrictions.


  1. Drone pilots are not allowed to fly within the security perimeter of a police or first responder emergency operation, such as a traffic accident or near emergency sites, such as wildfires or floods. A drone flying near these areas may interfere with emergency operations and hinder the efforts of crews.
  2. Drone pilots are not allowed to fly near or over advertised events, such as outdoor concerts and sporting events, unless they have a Special Flight Operations Certificate that specifically allows them to do so.
  3. Drone pilots are not allowed to take-off or land within a National Park without a permit. You can read about the use of drones within National Parks and contact Parks Canada here:
  4. You must get air traffic control approval for operations in controlled airspace. For airspace controlled by NAV CANADA, request an RPAS Flight Authorization.
  5. Drones cannot fly closer than 5.6 km from any airport listed as Certified or 1.9 km from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only.

Please ensure you know of all possible restrictions and obtain all necessary permits from governing authorities, before  flying your drone.


Sources: and the National Research Council Canada.

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