Am I Allowed to Own a Pure Wolf in Alberta?

The Alberta Wildlife Act dictates what types of pets are legal to own in the province. Some local authorities may have additional bylaws that overlap these laws.

Is it legal to own a pure wolf as a pet in Alberta? No, you can not legally own a pure wolf as a pet in Alberta. These are deemed to be fur bearing wildlife that is outlawed unless you have special documentation and permissions such as a zoo or wildlife conservation facility.


However, you may own a wolf/dog mixed breed. These wolf and dog hybrids are not provincially banned, and do not require any permits. You would still need to check your local bylaws for legality in your area.

In Summary

  • You can not have a pure Wolf as a pet in Alberta.
  • Pure wolves can only be owned with special documentation and permission. Usually for zoos or wildlife conservation organizations.
  • While pure wolves are generally outlawed, you may own a hybrid of a dog and a wolf. Though you still need to check the bylaws in your municipality. Hybrids are not banned on the provincial level.

What is the Age of Majority in Alberta?

The age of majority in Alberta is 18. This means that when you are an Albertan, you officially, and legally become an adult on your 18th birthday.

Upon becoming the legal age of majority, you also cease to be the age of minority.

This is all according to the Age of Majority Act

Taken from the Age of Majority Act:

“Age of majority 

1   Every person attains the age of majority and ceases to be a minor on attaining the age of 18 years.”

What am I Allowed to do When I Become the Age of Majority in Alberta?

Becoming 18 years old in Alberta opens the doors to a number of activities and services that are only accessible to adults.

Here is a list of things you can do in Alberta when you turn 18 years old:

  • Get married
  • Buy Alcohol
  • Adopt a Pet
  • Give Consent for Medical Treatment
  • Change Your Name
  • Sit on a Jury
  • Request Information about Parents in Adoption Case
  • Get a Credit Card
  • Vote in an Election (Federal, Provincial, and Municipal)
  • Write a Will
  • Join the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Gamble
  • Sign a Contract
  • Donate Blood
  • Buy a Firearm
  • Legally Purchase Cannabis

Some of the activities on this list can be done under the age of 18 with exceptions. For more details on each of these items, and a great run down on all the activities you can take part in by age in Alberta, view this document from the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (cplea).

In Summary

  • On your 18th birthday, you will become the age of majority in Alberta, and cease to be the age of minority.
  • There is an act specifically for this purpose called the Alberta Age of Majority Act.
  • There is a ling list of activities and services that are restricted to ”adult only” that you can now participate in.

Are Tinted Headlights Legal in Alberta?

The Province of Alberta has a section of the Traffic Safety Act that is called the “Vehicle Equipment Regulation”. The section dealing with headlights (headlamps), is Part 1 (Vehicle Lamps), Division 1 (Headlamps), (4) and (5).

Are tinted headlights legal in Alberta? No. Tinted headlights are not legal in Alberta. The light from a headlamp must be white, and the lens and bulb of the headlamp must be made of clear, untinted glazing.

Here is the relevant section of the Traffic Safety Act:

(4) The light from a headlamp must be white, and the lens and bulb of the headlamp must be made of clear, untinted glazing.
(5) A person shall not attach or apply anything that colours the light from a headlamp to the headlamp, part of the headlamp or a bulb in the headlamps.
Source: Vehicle Equipment Regulation

From the Division 1: Headlamps section of the Vehicle Equipment Regulation
Can You Get Married At City Hall In Alberta?

No, you can not get married at city hall in the cities of Alberta such as Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer. However, in some instances, you may be able to make arrangements for wedding photos.

How To Get Married In Alberta:

If you are not looking to be literally married at City Hall in Alberta cities, but looking to do a simple quick marriage on paper, it’s a bit more complicated than just signing some documents.

Everything you need to know about how to get married in Alberta can be found here.

To summarize:

  • All Alberta marriages begin with a marriage license, purchased from a registry agent.
  • Then you pick and hire, for a fee, a licensed and registered marriage commissioner. Two different kinds exist. Some for religious ceremonies, some for civil ceremonies. Both civil and religious marriages are treated equally from a legal perspective, it is a personal choice.
  • The wedding ceremony can take place anywhere where it is legal, but it must be in Alberta.
  • Both people getting married must state an official oath.
  • The officiant and two adult witness (over the age of 18) must be present in person. The married couple, the witnesses and the officiant all sign the document.

This is just a quick summary. Please visit the link above for specifics.

In Summary:

You can not literally get married at a city hall in Alberta. You may be approved to use the wonderfully landscaped property for wedding photographs.

If you want a quick marriage on paper without a fancy ceremony, you can do that, but it involves documents, money, and multiple other people.