Provincial parks open, but not for over night stays

May 13, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Provincial parks in Ontario remain open, however if you are considering an over night visit you will have to wait a little longer. 

The parks are open and continue to offer safe and local outdoor recreational activities for day use with some modifications or restrictions to ensure the safety of staff an visitors. 

Provincial Parks announced that due to the province-wide stay-at-home order, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, is extending the temporary closure of campground and backcountry campsites and roofed accommodations, like cabins, yurts, and cottages in its parks.

While the parks stay open and continue to provide facilities and services like walking and hiking, modifications and restrictions will apply. 

Recreational amenities like multi-us sports fields are closed. 

Park stores and visitors centres remain closed to the public so if you go, you should bring your owns supplies like hand sanitizer, extra water, soap, and other necessities. 

The Park’s websites have a list of  what is available at each park.

If you do want to visit a park, you should check ahead as the number of daily vehicle permits is being reduced and you may not be able to get it if you just show up at the gate. 

Currently provincial parks are expecting to have the current restrictions in place until at least May 20, however that period may be extended if the provincial government extends the current shut-down situation.

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