Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Ontario Makes Going to Provincial Parks Easier and More Convenient

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Visitors now able to book daily vehicle permits in advance at 20 additional parks

The Ontario government is growing the development day-use reservation administration, accessible at select common parks. Twenty additional parks will implement the service this year, bringing the total number of parks in the province to 57. With this expansion, overcrowding will be reduced and visitors will have more confidence when planning their park visits on busy days like weekends and holidays.

Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks David Piccini stated, “Ontario’s provincial parks are some of the most beautiful and well-loved places in our province, which is why we are always looking for ways to improve and modernize the Ontario Parks experience.” We are responding to feedback from visitors who want a quick and easy way to visit our parks so they can concentrate on what really matters, which is enjoying their visit to the fullest, by expanding the advance daily vehicle permit service.

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A daily vehicle permit can be purchased online up to five days in advance, allowing visitors to spend less time registering when they arrive and more time enjoying the park.

Beginning this spring, the development day to day vehicle license administration is extending to the accompanying common parks:

  • Wasaga Beach, Awenda, Rondeau and MacGregor Point – now available
  • Sauble Falls – as of April 21, 2023
  • Frontenac and Inverhuron – as of April 28, 2023
  • Bronte Creek, Fitzroy, Murphys Point, Oastler Lake, Petroglyphs, Port Burwell, Rideau River and Rock Point – as of May 12, 2023
  • Chutes, Esker Lakes, Ivanhoe Lake, Neys and White Lake – as of May 19, 2023

John Yakabuski, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks, stated, “Building on the success of the last two years, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the advance day-use registration service to even more parks, including Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.” This simple online service helps meet the growing demand from customers and gives visitors peace of mind by letting them reserve a spot in advance to make sure they can get to the park they want to visit.

In order to guarantee access to participating provincial parks, Ontario Parks encourages visitors to obtain an advanced daily vehicle permit whenever it is available, particularly during busy times like weekends and holidays. At, visitors can purchase an advance daily vehicle permit online. Permits for walk-ups will still be sold, but only if they are available.

Another way the government is working with you to build stronger and healthier communities is by continuing to improve and modernize the Ontario Parks system. The government of Ontario is making it possible for families in the province to take advantage of recreational opportunities by expanding services like advance daily vehicle permits. This will also help to increase tourism in the area and improve the health and protection of the environment and wildlife in the area.

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