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COVID-19

Information current as of March 6, 2021

Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in Ontario Parks

We are offering many of our usual facilities and services to our visitors. However, some modifications or restrictions may apply.

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks continues to follow the regulations under the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA) and measures set out in the COVID-19 Response Framework when making decisions regarding provincial park operations.

We know how important getting out in nature and enjoying the outdoors is to our visitors; however, overnight stays in a provincial park located within a Grey-Lockdown zone will remain closed until that region has moved to a Red, Orange, Yellow or Green zone under the response framework.

As a public health region moves into the Grey-Lockdown zone, temporary closures of overnight stays could happen quickly and at any time at any provincial park offering campsites and roofed accommodations. Please remember to check the status of your region before your trip.

We understand extending the temporary closure of overnight stays in affected provincial parks may impact many winter plans, however the health and well-being of the people of Ontario is our number one priority.

Ontario Parks continues to provide facilities and services for local and safe outdoor day-use activities. We know how much people love to visit Ontario Parks as a way to spend time outdoors, get fresh air and stay healthy, but we continue to ask that, regardless of the area you are from, you only visit and enjoy a provincial park or conservation reserve close to home. Limiting your travel is essential in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, staying safe and saving lives.

Please be aware that park stores, visitor centres and some equipment rentals continue to be closed to the public. It’s important that you come to the park prepared with all the equipment and supplies you will need for your visit including hand sanitizer, extra water, soap, and other necessities.

Before planning your trip to Ontario Parks, click on the “Parks” drop down menu to view the Facilities and Activities icons to see what’s available at the provincial park you wish to visit.

Public Health Measures

We’re counting on people to be responsible when enjoying our parks. Continue to follow public health advice including practicing physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, wearing a face covering where required, when physical distancing may be a challenge or not possible and when entering indoor public spaces, and wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Postpone your visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to isolate.

While some services remain closed in Ontario Parks, priority for cleaning and disinfection is placed on essential areas and high-touch surfaces in public spaces including washrooms and other shared facilities.

The safety of our visitors and staff is always our top priority. We have implemented measures to address overcrowding and promote physical distancing in our park spaces during busy visitation times by limiting occupancy for day-use. This includes limiting the number of daily vehicle permits sold. You may notice that day use parking areas will not be as full.

Keep up to date by visiting individual park social media channels before you leave and when you are travelling to the park, especially for day use. A list of park accounts can be found on the Social Media page at www.OntarioParks.com

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions or the “Visiting Parks” section for more details and information on our facilities, services and programs.