Free Admission to Ontario Parks

May 1, 2021

September 2, 2021


Ontario Parks


Events Description


The Ontario government is making it easier and more affordable to get safely outdoors and enjoy nature by providing free day-use permits at 115 provincial parks from Monday to Thursday until September 2, 2021.

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.

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.




Daily vehicle permits will be available in advance at 17 parks starting June 7, 2021.

You can buy advance permits up to 5 days before arrival.

At all other parks, daily vehicle permits are available on arrival at the gatehouse or at a pay and display machine.

Check out park social media accounts for updated information on park capacity.

How to get tickets?

At the door

Buy Online


Date & Time:

May 1 to September 2, for all provincial parks Mondays through Thursdays.

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.

Free admission at all parks on select dates.
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.

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