COVID 19 UPDATES
Information current as of April 15, 2021
Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in Ontario Parks
We know that the health and well-being of Ontarians is crucial, especially during COVID-19. That’s why Ontario Parks continues to offer safe and local outdoor recreational activities for day-use in provincial parks and conservation reserves, with some modifications or restrictions to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.
During the current provincial stay-at-home order, overnight stays including campgrounds, backcountry campsites and roofed accommodations in Ontario Parks will remain closed until further notice in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and support Ontario’s further provincial restrictions.
We understand this temporary closure of overnight stays in provincial parks may impact your plans, however, the health and well-being of Ontarians is our number one priority.
What’s open and what’s not
Ontario Parks remain open and continue to provide facilities and services for local and safe outdoor day-use activities like walking, hiking, biking, birdwatching and fishing at many provincial parks. COVID-19 measures, modifications and restrictions will apply. Please visit the individual park pages for a listing of operating dates and day-use facilities and services available at your local provincial park.
We know how much people love to visit Ontario Parks as a way to spend time outdoors, get fresh air and stay healthy, but we continue to ask that, regardless of the area you are from, you only visit and enjoy a provincial park or conservation reserve close to home. Limiting your travel is essential in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, staying safe and saving lives. Please do not travel outside of your area to visit.
Please be aware that park stores, visitor centres and equipment rentals continue to be closed to the public. It’s important that you come to the park prepared with all the equipment and supplies you will need for your visit including hand sanitizer, extra water, soap, and other necessities.
Before planning your trip to Ontario Parks, click on the “Parks” drop down menu to view the Facilities and Activities icons to see what’s available at the provincial park or conservation reserve you wish to visit.
Keeping safe at the park
We’re counting on people to be responsible when enjoying our parks. Continue to follow public health advice including practicing physical distancing by keeping at least two meters from others, wearing a face covering where required, when physical distancing may be a challenge or not possible and when entering indoor public spaces, and wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Postpone your visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to isolate.
While some services remain closed in Ontario Parks, priority for cleaning and disinfection is placed on essential areas and high-touch surfaces in public spaces including washrooms and other shared facilities.
The safety of our visitors and staff is always our top priority. We have implemented measures to address overcrowding and promote physical distancing in our park spaces during busy visitation times by limiting occupancy for day use. This includes limiting the number of daily vehicle permits sold.
Keep up to date by visiting individual park social media channels before you leave and when you are travelling to the park, especially for day use. A list of park accounts can be found on the Social Media page at www.OntarioParks.com
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions or the “Visiting Parks” section for more details and information on our facilities, services and programs.