Reserve Your Visit in Advance to Popular Ontario Parks, All Parks Are Free to Visit Four Days a Week This Summer


Credit: Ontario Parks

Ontario government has announced that visitors to 17 popular parks can book their trip ahead starting June 7th.

Now, you can plan ahead and there is no need to keep an eye on Ontario Park’s social media pages wondering whether you will be allowed in due to COVID-19 crowd restrictions as you will have guaranteed access with your advance permits.


List of Parks Where Advance Daily Vehicle Permit is Available:

A new advance daily vehicle permits pilot will be available at 17 parks this summer up to five days prior to arrival.

  • 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
  • Turkey Point.

How to Buy Advance Daily Vehicle Permit:

Starting June 7, visitors can buy daily vehicle permits for the above parks on the reservations website.

Free Day Use Admission from Mondays to Thursdays

In case you missed the April announcement by Ontario Parks, all 115 provincial parks are free to visit from Mondays to Thursdays, from May 1st to September 2nd, 2021.

Ontario Parks will offer free day-use visits and issue free permits on those days. Visitors will still need a permit to visit parks from Fridays to Sundays.

At all other parks (except the 17 parks with advance pass), daily vehicle permits are available on arrival at the gatehouse or at a pay and display machine.

Ontario Parks is also extending the expiry date of select vehicle permits by one year:

  • The 2021 Annual and Commercial Daily Vehicle Permit expiry date extended to December 31, 2022.

  • The 2021 Summer Daily Vehicle Permit will now be valid April 1 to November 30, 2021 and April 1 to November 30, 2022.

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  1. Jacky Fok

    Just want to know how to get the free daily park pass for the weekdays this summer 2021. Any link on line and the process?

    Thank you.

    May 29, 2021 at 1:32 PM
  2. Janice Rutledge

    Do you have to reserve for Friday to Sunday as well.

    June 5, 2021 at 1:59 PM

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