Ontario Parks

Reservations - Rules and Regulations

Reservations

  • Reservations are accepted up to five months in advance of your arrival date. For example, you can book January 15 for an arrival date of June 15.
  • Reservations must be made in the name of the person who will pick up the camping permit. Multiple reservations in the same name for the same time period are not allowed.
  • Ontario Parks can be busy and are often full during the summer months. To avoid disappointment, reservations are always recommended.

Reservation fees

  • A non-refundable reservation fee is required for all reservations and is charged at the time of reservation. This fee covers the cost of providing the Ontario Parks reservation system, including call centre agents, online reservations, and more.

Changing and cancelling reservations

  • Reservations cannot be changed or cancelled more than four months in advance of your arrival day.
  • A reservation penalty or administration fee may be applicable.
  • To cancel or change a reservation, login to your reservation account at reservations.OntarioParks.com, or call 1-888-668-PARK (7275).

Car Camping Rules

  • Full payment of camping fees is required at the time your reservation is made.
  • The campsite permit holder must be sixteen years of age or older.
  • The maximum stay on a campsite is twenty-three nights.
  • No more than six people can occupy a campsite unless these people comprise a single family of parents and their children.
  • Parking for one vehicle is included with your campsite permit. Additional vehicle permits must be purchased for all other vehicles when you check-in. They may need to be parked in a separate designated parking area away from your campsite.
  • Reservations can be made up to 8:00 pm on your day of arrival.
  • Where space permits, you are allowed up to three pieces of shelter equipment plus one dining shelter/tarp on your campsite. Only one piece of shelter equipment can be a tent trailer, house trailer, motor home, or self-propelled camping unit.
  • Check-in time is after 2:00 pm and check-out time is before 2:00 pm.

Backcountry rules

  • Full payment of backcountry camping fees is required at the time your reservation is made.
  • The campsite permit holder must be sixteen years of age or older.
  • The maximum stay on any one backcountry site is sixteen consecutive nights with the following exceptions: a maximum of three consecutive nights at Frontenac, four consecutive nights at Killarney on George, O.S.A., David, and Killarney Lakes, and a maximum of one night on sites H1-H8 and H37-H54 on the Killarney Hiking Trail.
  • No more than six people can occupy a backcountry campsite at Bon Echo, Charleston Lake, Frontenac and Killarney hiking trail. All other backcountry campsites have a maximum occupancy of nine people.
  • One vehicle is included with your campsite permit. Additional vehicle permits must be purchased for all other vehicles.
  • You must obtain an interior camping permit prior to entering the backcountry. Campers must be able to present their permit to a park warden if requested. How to obtain a permit for the backcountry.
  • Check-in time is after 2:00 pm and check-out time is before 2:00 pm. If a site is vacant prior to 2:00 pm on the day of your arrival, you may occupy it.
  • If entering Quetico from outside of Canada it is your responsibility to clear Canada Customs. For more information visit the Quetico park page.

Roofed Accommodation Rules

  • Full payment of roofed accommodation fees is required at the time your reservation is made.
  • A security deposit may be required upon arrival. Please contact the park directly for details.
  • The roofed accommodation permit holder must be twenty-one years of age or older.
  • The maximum length of stay for rustic cabins and cottages is fourteen consecutive nights.
  • Parking for one vehicle is included with your campsite permit. Additional vehicle permits must be purchased for all other vehicles when you check-in. They may need to be parked in a separate designated parking area away from your roofed accommodation.
  • Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all roofed accommodations. Cooking in yurts is not permitted.
  • You are expected to read and understand the rules, restrictions, amenities, and information on what to bring for the roofed accommodation you are reserving.

Day-Use Facility Rules

  • Full payment of day use fees is required at the time your reservation is made.
  • A security deposit for certain facilities may be required upon arrival. Please contact the park directly for details.
  • The day-use facility permit holder must be sixteen years of age or older.
  • One daily vehicle permit is included within the day-use facility reservation. Additional daily vehicle permits must be purchased for all other vehicles when you check-in.
  • Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all day-use facilities.
  • Consumption of liquor is prohibited in all day-use facilities without a valid liquor licence. Contact the park directly for information on how to obtain a liquor licence.

Liquor Bans

Liquor is permitted in Ontario Parks for most of the season except for a two-week period around the Victoria Day weekend. For 2020, the liquor ban is in place from May 8 to May 18 inclusive in the following parks:

  • Arrowhead
  • Awenda
  • Balsam Lake
  • Bass Lake
  • Blue Lake
  • Bon Echo
  • Bronte Creek
  • Craigleith
  • Darlington
  • Earl Rowe
  • Emily
  • Ferris
  • Fitzroy
  • Grundy Lake
  • Inverhuron
  • Killbear
  • Long Point
  • MacGregor Point
  • Mara
  • McRae Point
  • Murphys Point
  • Oastler Lake
  • Pinery
  • Point Farms
  • Port Burwell
  • Presqu’ile
  • Rideau River
  • Rock Point
  • Rondeau
  • Rushing River
  • Samuel de Champlain
  • Sandbanks
  • Sauble Falls
  • Selkirk
  • Sharbot Lake
  • Sibbald Point***
  • Silver Lake
  • Six Mile Lake
  • Sleeping Giant
  • Sturgeon Bay
  • Turkey Point
  • Wheatley

***Sibbald Point also bans alcohol around the Labour Day weekend. The 2020 ban is September 3 to September 7, inclusive.

Smoking and Vaping

Smoking tobacco or cannabis, or using an electronic cigarette to vape any substance (including cannabis) is not permitted in certain areas of provincial parks, including:

  • enclosed public places, including washrooms;
  • sheltered areas with a roof and more than two walls;
  • children’s playgrounds and 20 m from the perimeter of the playground;
  • sporting areas, such as volleyball and beach volleyball areas, designated swimming areas, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and adjacent spectator areas, as well as 20 m from the perimeter of the sporting or spectator areas.

For more information

For general information about visiting a provincial park call 1-800-ONTARIO (1-800-668-2746) or contact us.