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Day use at Ontario Parks

Get a permit

You can get a daily vehicle permit for just one day, for a season, or for the entire year.

Daily vehicle permits

gatehouse staff

A daily vehicle permit is good for a single day and includes entry for one vehicle and its occupants.

Daily vehicle permits will be available in advance at 17 parks starting June 7, 2021.

You can buy advance permits up to 5 days before arrival.

At all other parks daily vehicle permits are available on arrival at the gatehouse or at a pay and display machine .

Ontario Parks will be offering free weekday day use visits Monday to Thursday from May 1 to September 2, 2021. Note that you will still require a paid permit to visit parks on Fridays and on weekends.

Seasonal daily vehicle permits

Note: seasonal and annual daily vehicle permits do not guarantee park entry. Park capacity limitations will apply.

Annual day use vehicle permit

This is our best value permit.

Explore provincial parks for an entire year (January 1 to December 31). Visit 5 or more times a year and it pays back. Go for a hike, to the beach, for a picnic, drop a fishing line and so much more. If you are a private individual or family, this pass is for you.

If you purchased a 2020-21 annual permit, it is valid until December 31, 2021. You do not need to purchase a new permit for the 2021 season.

view of lake

Summer day use vehicle permit

Similar to the annual permit, valid from April 1 to November 30.

Winter day use vehicle permit

Do you love to be outdoors when the snow flies? Then this is your pass. Valid for day use from December 1 until March 31.

Commerical day use vehicle permit

Are you a business located near a provincial park? Here is a permit that you can loan out and share with your visitors. They’ll welcome the added park perk! (January 1 to December 31)

Hold your spot

If you have a seasonal permit and want to visit one of the 17 parks that sell advance daily vehicle permits you will need to “reserve” your spot in advance to guarantee entry.

Get a seasonal permit

Buy online now or you can purchase in-person at a park during park operating season.

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seasonal permits

Ontario Parks will be offering free weekday day use visits Monday to Thursday from May 1 to September 2, 2021. Note that you will still require a permit to visit parks on Fridays and on weekends.

Ontario Parks is extending the expiry date of the following permits for one year:

  • The 2021 Annual and Commercial Daily Vehicle Permit expiry date will be extended from December 31, 2021 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.

For customers with a 2020-21 Annual Permit, this is valid until December 31, 2021. You do not need to purchase a new permit for the 2021 season.

No action is required on your part. This expiry extension will be applied automatically.

If you wish to return your 2021 seasonal permit and receive a full refund, you may send a request to Ontario Parks until June 30, 2021.

You can return your permit in-person at a park office, once open, or by mail. If you are returning your permit by mail, please follow the instructions for submitting a refund request form and mail your seasonal permit and the completed refund request form to:

Ontario Parks Revenue Administration Office
Refund Request
P.O. Box 2178
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 6S1

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks to process the refund.