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Ontario Parks

You Should Know

Trash Your Trash

If there’s one rule for food-loving campers, it’s got to be: keep it clean. To avoid attracting animals, dispose of all garbage and recycling at the campground garbage disposal station. Do not leave or burn garbage in your fire-pit.

Disposal of Propane Tanks

In association with Stewardship Ontario, Ontario Parks has installed Orange Drop collection cages in all provincial parks. Single use (non-refillable) propane cylinders should be deposited in the Orange Drop collection cages as a way to protect the park from hazardous waste.


Cooking at an Ontario Park doesn’t necessarily mean building a fire or setting up a tent. Ontario Parks offer many robust shelters with built-in cooking facilities including barbeques. Our Roofed Accommodation experience page has more.

Alcohol in Parks

Alcohol is permitted in all Ontario Parks designated campsites. This applies for most of the season with the exception of a two-week period around the Victoria Day weekend. A full list of do’s and don’ts can be found on our Park Rules page.


Fires are permitted in designated fire-pits and cooking areas only. Every campsite and picnic area has one. Remember to purchase wood locally or at the park, as invasive species could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions of trees.

Fire Bans

During particularly dry seasons, fire bans are a possibility at all Ontario Parks. They are specific to each park and occur at different levels. Being aware of fire alerts is important for protecting the wildlife and natural resources. Fire bans can be checked by asking the park attendant, or checking the Park Alerts page.

Top 10 Parks to Have a Beach Picnic
2Pancake Bay
3North Beach
4Wasaga Beach
7Port Burwell
5 Great Ontario Parks Food Events
PineryFish fry's throughout the summer
Bronte CreekMaple Syrup Festival in March
Esker LakesBlueberry Festival - August Civic Holiday weekend
WheatleyChili cook off in September
Murphys PointHot dog roast in August
Visit our events page for more.
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