Are areas of exceptional beauty or cultural significance that are protected in a mostly natural condition. Various business and recreational uses are restricted. They are managed by the Canadian government in Ottawa, Ontario.
Are areas of exceptional natural beauty and/or cultural significance managed by the government of each province in Canada (e.g. provincial parks of Ontario, provincial parks of British Columbia). They are classed either a, b, or c, according to permitted uses and activities.
Are areas of significant natural beauty designated for public enjoyment and managed by bodies associated with local city governments.
Are areas, often within provincial or national parks, which are designated as having exceptional biological or cultural values and may have restrictions on access and stringent guidelines on usage.
The legislation guiding these areas is very restrictive and all extractive activities are prohibited. As such, ecological reserves are considered to be the areas most highly protected and least subject to human influence.