Trespassing is entering another’s land or entering lands protected by the provincial Trespass to Property Act without permission or without a reason recognized by law.
Property owners may give written (including posted signage) or verbal notice of restrictions on the property. If the person will not leave, the property owner can call the police.
Possible fines for trespassing are between $200 and $2,000.
No child under the age of twelve may be prosecuted for trespassing.
Here is a list of do’s and don’ts about trespassing:
- Don’t enter without permission: a lawn, a garden, an orchard, a golf course, a fenced area, a commercial berry growing area, cropland, a Christmas tree management area, or a tree plantation area.
- Don’t dump or deposit materials of any kind on someone else’s property.
- Don’t remove a sign or notice that has been posted.
- Don’t remain on someone’s property if you have been asked to leave.
- Don’t disturb an occupier by unreasonable recreational use of a motor vehicle on or near the occupier’s property.
- Don’t disturb an occupier by disorderly behavior.
- Don’t enter or carry out an activity where a sign or notice is posted saying you cannot.
- Do respect the right of others to enjoy their property.
- Do check if you are not sure whether or not you are trespassing on private property.
- Do obey signs posted on property.
- Do enjoy your own property and explore this beautiful Island, keeping in mind the laws about trespassing.