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Enjoy the day at a provincial park…for free

Getting outdoors and spending time in nature 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.

We are making it easier for Ontarians to enjoy the outdoors by providing free weekday daily vehicle permits from May 1 to September 2, for all provincial parks Mondays through Thursdays.

What does this mean?

Man fishing by a lake.

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.

To learn more about free day use, visit our day use page on

Book your daily vehicle permit in advance!

Remember: you still need to display a permit, even on days when entry is free.

This year, Ontario Parks will be offering a new service for day use visitors: at 17 of our busier day-use parks, you will be able to get your daily vehicle permit in advance of your visit.

Starting June 7, book your advance daily vehicle permit online or by phone at participating provincial parks

This new service will provide you with guaranteed access for your day trip.

Learn more here!

Visitor and staff safety is our main priority!

To help prevent overcrowding and promote physical distancing in our park spaces, capacity limits for camping and day use will be in place at many of our parks, especially during busy times.

We expect our parks to be very popular this year and we will temporarily stop issuing daily vehicle permits when we reach capacity limits.

Don’t forget to regularly check out individual social media accounts for the park you wish to visit for regular updates on that day’s capacity.

Top tips for visiting

A couple hiking in a forest.

  1. Use the Park Locator to find a park near you.
  2. Check out park social media accounts for updated information on park capacity.
  3. Click on the COVID-19 link on for the latest updates.
  4. Pack your picnic, sunscreen, bathing suit, hiking shoes, water, hand soap, or hand sanitizer…and have some fun.

Stay local

We know how much people love to visit Ontario Parks for day use 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, especially when provincial or regional order and restrictions are in place.

Limiting your travel is essential in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, staying safe and saving lives.

We’re counting on people to be responsible when enjoying our parks, and continue to follow all of the public health advice, including physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, wearing a face covering when physical distancing may be challenging or not possible, washing hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, and if you are worried you may have COVID-19, get tested and stay home.

Be a good park steward

Parks are precious places. We remind all visitors to be good park stewards. Respect the rules and dispose of your garbage and recycling properly.