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Make the most of summer with Ontario Parks

Whether you're pitching a tent, enjoying a day trip, or immersing yourself in exciting events, Ontario Parks is your gateway to an extraordinary summer.
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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and camping season at Ontario Parks is officially underway.

As the school doors close for the summer break, it's time to embrace the great outdoors and embark on unforgettable adventures and Ontario Parks has some tips to make your summer park experience one to remember.



Campers, Rejoice! The demand for camping spots at Ontario Parks is sky-high, but fear not, intrepid explorers! Even though many of the popular parks are fully booked, there are still hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Ontario Parks has come to the rescue with its new reservation tool, making it easier than ever to find available campsites. 

To give everyone a fair chance at securing a spot, Ontario Parks has introduced a maximum stay of 7 or 14 days during the peak summer season. It's all about spreading the camping joy and allowing more adventurers to experience the magic of Ontario's stunning parks.

Day Trips

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Don't have time for an overnight stay? Day trips to Ontario Parks are a quintessential part of every Ontarian's summer. And this year, it's even easier to plan a perfect day of outdoor fun. Ontario Parks has expanded their popular Advanced Daily Vehicle Permit service to more parks across the province. Whether you're in the mood for a refreshing swim, an exhilarating hike, a peaceful canoe ride, or a delightful picnic, there's a park just waiting for your arrival.

To guarantee your spot, you can now book day use permits up to 5 days in advance at 57 Ontario Parks. So, grab your sun hat, slather on some sunscreen, and let the adventure unfold.

Summer Safety

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As we embrace the sunny days and warm nights, it's crucial to keep safety at the forefront of our minds. Remember, wildfires can be a real threat, so before heading out to your chosen park, be sure to check the park alerts page on the Ontario Parks website. Safety always comes first, and being prepared is the key to a worry-free adventure.

Ontario's abundance of pristine lakes and rivers is an open invitation to swimmers, boaters, and paddlers. But let's not forget about water safety. Brush up on your skills with Water Safety 101. Start by using a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) to keep yourself safe. Luckily, Ontario Parks has got your back with their PFD lending program. You can borrow a PFD for free at many parks, ensuring that your aquatic adventures are as safe as they are fun!

Park Events

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This summer, Ontario Parks has a lineup of great events and programs that will take your summer experience to the next level. Check out the Ontario Parks events calendar to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings across the province. From guided hikes under the starry night sky to wildlife photography workshops, there's something for everyone. 

So, whether you're pitching a tent, enjoying a day trip, or immersing yourself in exciting events, Ontario Parks is your gateway to an extraordinary summer.