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Ontario Parks 2009 Season

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Ontario Parks 2009 Season


Making Reservations at Ontario Parks

Ontario's provincial parks are popular camping spots. Reservations are recommended for overnight stays and can be made up to five months in advance. The cost for each reservation is $12.00, and the minimum cost to change or cancel a reservation is $9.00.

To reserve a campsite, call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. EST daily, or book online 24 hours a day at www.OntarioParks.com.

Regular fees for campsites range from $25.75 to $40.00 a night, with discounts available for Ontario seniors and Ontario persons with disabilities.  Day-use fees range from $10.00 to $18.00 a day.  Seasonal day-use passes are also available. In addition to campgrounds for tents and trailers, some parks offer yurts, cabins and cottages for rent.

Most provincial parks in southern Ontario open on May 8, and the majority of northern parks open on May 15.  Visit www.OntarioParks.com to find out when a specific park is opening.

Alcohol Ban in 44 Provincial Parks

Ontario Parks reminds campers that May 8 also marks the beginning of an 11-day ban on possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages in selected provincial parks. 

The alcohol ban, in effect through May 18, includes campsites and day-use areas.  Beginning May 19, park visitors may consume alcoholic beverages at registered campsites only.  The possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited in day-use areas year-round.  Charges under the Liquor Licence Act and regulations can be laid against those who possess and consume alcohol in day-use areas or do not observe the alcohol ban.

This year, the alcohol ban is in effect at the following 44 provincial parks:



Rushing River

Arrow Lake


Samuel de Champlain


Long Point


Balsam Lake

MacGregor Point

Sauble Falls

Bass Lake



Blue Lake

McRae Point

Sharbot Lake

Bon Echo

Murphys Point

Sibbald Point

Bronte Creek

Oastler Lake

Silver Falls



Silver Lake


Point Farms

Six Mile Lake

Earl Rowe

Port Burwell

Sleeping Giant



Sturgeon Bay


Rideau River

Turkey Point


Rock Point


Grundy Lake


Get a Copy of the Parks Guide

Free copies of the 2009 Ontario Parks Guide are available at www.OntarioParks.com, at provincial park offices, tourism agencies, ServiceOntario, local chambers of commerce and by calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).

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