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Day use at Ontario Parks

Overview

picnic table on shoreline

A daily vehicle permit is a great way to explore a provincial park for the day. Bike, hike, swim, picnic and make some magical outdoor memories.

  • Includes entry at any operating provincial park for one vehicle and its passengers.
  • Most permits are valid from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, but can vary by park.
  • Enjoy a park in every season. Daily vehicle permits are available year round – each park has its own operating dates so check ahead to plan your adventure.

Parks can get busy!

Sometimes busy parks need to close or limit entry.

Planning a day trip? Daily vehicle permits are available in advance of arrival at 17 parks. Starting May 16, 2022, 16 additional parks will offer this service. Buying your permit for one of these parks in advance guarantees your spot.

Seasonal permit holder? You will need to “reserve” your spot in advance of arrival for day use entry at parks selling advance daily vehicle permits to guarantee entry.

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

sitting on a picnic table at the lake