With families confined to their homes during Ontario's recent lockdown, getting outdoors and spending time in nature has never been more sought after! And now that we no longer have to stay cooped up, Ontario Parks is making it easier for families to get out to play, by providing Free weekday admission to its parks. Spending time outdoors can have such a positive impact on our physical and mental health and well-being, and this has become even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From Mondays through Thursdays, until September 2, 2021, Ontario Parks is extending free weekday daily vehicle permits. That means you can visit any operating provincial park during the week, for day use, at no cost. The park will still issue you a permit which must be displayed on the dash of your vehicle, but you won’t need to pay.
Ontario Parks is also offering a new service for day use visitors this year. You can now get your daily vehicle permit in advance of your visit at 17 of their busier day-use parks:
- Batchawana Bay
- Forks of the Credit
- Kakabeka Falls
- Kettle Lakes
- Lake Superior
- Long Point
- Mono Cliffs
- North Beach
- Sibbald Point
- Turkey Point
To avoid overcrowding, parks will be monitoring park visitation levels. That's why it is recommended that you obtain a permit in advance before you visit, even on free days, to guarantee your entry at participating parks ― therefore avoiding disappointment.
Nature is calling! Pack your picnic, sunscreen, bathing suit, hiking shoes, water, hand sanitizer ... and have fun in nature! And be kind to the environment ― don't forget to dispose of your garbage properly and recycle when possible.
To learn more about free day use, go to www.OntarioParks.com.
You can also check their COVID-19 page to find out what's open, and to get the latest updates.