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The Ontario government is providing free day-use permits at 115 provincial parks from Monday to Thursday until September 2, 2021. You can visit any operating provincial park Monday to Thursday for day use opportunities at no cost. The park will still issue you a permit, but you won’t need to pay.
To learn more about free day use, visit our day use page on www.OntarioParks.com.
Starting June 7, visitors will also be able to guarantee access to 17 select provincial parks to avoid long line-ups during popular and busy visitation times by obtaining a daily vehicle permit in advance. Doing so will help avoid crowding, helping to make it safer for the public to enjoy Ontario Parks.
The new advance daily vehicle permits pilot will be available at 17 parks this summer. Daily vehicle permits at all other parks must be obtained on arrival at the park. Advanced daily vehicle permits will be available at the following parks:
- Algonquin, Arrowhead, Batchawana Bay, Craigleith, Darlington, Forks of the Credit, Kakabeka Falls, Kettle Lakes, Lake Superior, Long Point, Mono Cliffs, North Beach, Pinery, Presqu’ile, Sandbanks, Sibbald Point, and Turkey Point.
Visitors will be able to obtain a daily vehicle permit in advance for select provincial parks up to five days prior to arrival. This will allow people to plan ahead and have guaranteed access, which means more time enjoying the parks, preventing overcrowding and less time in long lines. As of June 7, visitors can check daily vehicle permit availability for specific parks and dates on the reservations website.
Ontario Parks are currently open to the public for local day-use activities only, such as walking and hiking. As part of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, overnight stays in Ontario Parks including campsites and in cabins, yurts and cottages will be permitted when the province reaches Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen.