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How to plan your day trip to Mono Cliffs

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is a popular place.

It offers excellent hiking and scenic views, hosts a portion of the Bruce Trail, protects many rare cliff-dwelling species, and is a fall colours hot spot.

The crowds being drawn to this small park are growing, so it is important to plan your visit carefully.

We’re counting on people to be respectful of the park and of one another, so read on to find our suggestions on how to avoid the busiest times and keep this natural gem protected:

Planning a trip to Mono Cliffs?

Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking for a frustration-free day:

  1. How do I book my daily vehicle permit?
  2. When is the best/worst time to visit?
  3. How do I get to the park?
  4. What do I do when the parking lot is full?
  5. How much does it cost to visit?
  6. What park rules should I be aware of?
  7. Can you recommend a hiking spot other than Mono Cliffs?
  8. Where can I get lunch?
  9. Can I bring my dog?
  10. What should/shouldn’t I pack?

1. How do I book my daily vehicle permit?

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park has a limited amount of space for visitors.

To help guarantee access for day use, our visitors will now be able to plan their trip ahead of time and obtain a daily vehicle permit in advance.

Beginning June 7, advance daily vehicle permits will become available at 7:00 a.m., five days in advance of your arrival date. We are offering daily vehicle permits on four-hour time slots, in addition to full day permits.

Reservations can be made:

  • online
  • by phone: 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

For more information, including how seasonal-permit holders can take advantage of this opportunity, please visit our website.

2. When is the best/worst time to visit?

Mono Cliffs draws large crowds on weekends, especially during summer and fall. This means the best times to visit are winter and early spring.

Beat the crowds by visiting November through April.

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If you’re planning a trip during the busy months, make sure to visit on a weekday, especially Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Whenever you plan to visit, we highly recommend obtaining a daily vehicle permit in advance, as described above, to avoid disappointment. Further entry will not be permitted once all available permits are sold.

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Please note that the parking lot has limited capacity, and parking is not permitted on municipal roadsides. Visitors must park in a designated parking spot and obey all signage, or they risk receiving a parking ticket or fine, or even having their vehicle towed.

Wondering whether permits are still available? During weekends, we post regular updates on Twitter:

3. How do I get to the park? / Where do I park?

The park entrance is located at 795086 Third Line EHS, Mono. That’s where you’ll find the parking lot.

Park in a designated parking spot and obey all signage. Parking outside designated areas or failing to obey road signs puts you at risk of receiving a parking ticket or fine, or even having your vehicle towed. 

4. What do I do when the parking lot is full?

If the park lot is full, you should not try to enter the park. Plan ahead, and have other local options in mind should you need to delay your visit for a few hours.

There are many attractions in the area. The Town of Mono has plenty of options for any day-tripper or adventure seeker. 

5. How much does it cost to visit?

Day use fees are charged per vehicle:

  • full day: $15.50
  • four hours: $7.25

You can also use your seasonal permit.

6. What park rules should I be aware of?

It’s important to stay on-trail during your visit. There are crevasse dangers due to unstable and uneven terrain.

Also, park trails are designed to avoid harming sensitive plants and habitats. Leaving the trail puts those species at risk, and we know you want to help us keep them safe. Walking off-trail can also spread invasive species.

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If a park warden encounters someone off-trail, the person may be subject to a provincial offence notice and the associated fines.

Removing plants or natural objects from provincial parks is also prohibited. Please refrain from picking flowers, harvesting mushrooms, or any other action that removes a natural object from the park.  

7. Can you recommend a hiking spot other than Mono Cliffs?

The Mono area has several local parks. There are also a number of provincial parks in the region.

Earl Rowe Provincial Park offers six hiking trails, including the Lookout Trail that leads to a lookout platform with a view of the park and surrounding area.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville has five great hiking trails. The 50 m deep Bronte Creek ravine is a photogenic feature.

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MacGregor Point Provincial Park

If you’re willing to venture farther from the GTA, MacGregor Point Provincial Park boasts a collection of cycling and hiking trails, with several routes along the breathtaking Lake Huron shoreline.

The sunsets here are not to be missed! 

8. Where can I get lunch?

Head into the Town of Mono, or bring your lunch for a picnic (don’t forget to pack out any waste!). 

9. Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Just make sure to keep your pooch on a leash (no longer than 2 m). Clean up after Fido, and deposit waste in a garbage can or pack it out. 

10. What should or shouldn’t I pack?

What you should definitely pack: sunscreen, hat, water, snacks, a good pair of hiking shoes

Ticks are also common throughout much of Ontario, so you may wish to bring a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.

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What you shouldn’t pack: alcohol and firewood

Fires are not permitted in the park at any time, and violators will be fined.

Also, please limit the amount of food packaging and other disposable items you bring with you, and dispose of waste responsibly. Please do your part to limit single-use plastics, prevent litter, and keep our parks beautiful.

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