Last year, more than 80% of visitors told us they liked being able to reserve their daily vehicle permit in advance.
That’s why we’re offering this service at even more of our busier day-use parks in 2022.
This year, you will be able to get your daily vehicle permit in advance at 33 provincial parks.
We know you don’t want to spend your time sitting in a line-up at park gates, only to be turned away because your favourite park is already full.
This new service will provide you with guaranteed access for your day trip.
Here’s what you need to know
We’re now offering advance sales of daily vehicle permits at 33 provincial parks.
Our parks are becoming more popular, but we only have room for a limited number of visitors each day.
Starting May 16, 2022, you can now get your daily vehicle permit up to five days in advance to guarantee access at these parks:
- Bass Lake
- Blue Lake
- McRae Point
- Pancake Bay
- Point Farms
- Rainbow Falls
- Rushing River
- Samuel de Champlain
- Six Mile Lake
- Windy Lake
You can still obtain your daily vehicle permit in advance at these parks:
- Batchawana Bay
- Forks of the Credit
- Kakabeka Falls
- Kettle Lakes
- Lake Superior
- Long Point
- Mono Cliffs
- North Beach
- Sibbald Point
- Turkey Point
For all other provincial parks, permits will be obtained or purchased upon arrival as usual.
How to obtain a daily vehicle permit for one of the participating parks
Visit our reservation service to obtain a daily vehicle permit in advance for the 33 participating parks up to five days in advance of your trip, beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Obtaining a daily vehicle permit in advance will guarantee you a spot at the park on that date.
After securing your permit, you’ll receive a confirmation letter. Your email confirmation letter will tell you how to check in at your chosen park.
Check-in options may include:
- Showing your confirmation at the gate (either on your device or a printed copy)
- Printing your permit and leave it on your dashboard
- Being able to produce your confirmation if asked
Already have a seasonal daily vehicle permit?
That’s great! You’ll be able to use your seasonal permit with our new service to guarantee your park access, at no additional cost.
Using your seasonal vehicle permit’s serial number, you can secure your spot up to five days in advance. Remember: you will need to bring your confirmation AND your seasonal permit when you visit.
Just like daily vehicle permits, accessing a park with a seasonal permit is subject to park capacity limits.
Plan your visit with confidence by obtaining a daily vehicle permit in advance.
Can’t I just get my permit at the park entrance or show my seasonal permit when I arrive at the park?
At parks not offering advance daily vehicle permit sales? Where availability exists, absolutely.
At parks offering advance daily vehicle permit sales? Maybe not. We anticipate that these parks will fill up in advance.
Knowing how much Ontarians love our parks, we strongly recommend securing your daily vehicle permit in advance for all our participating parks.
Otherwise, you may be turned away, even if you arrive first thing in the morning.
Learn more about planning your day trip here: www.OntarioParks.com/dayuse.