Camping rules change at Ontario parks


Campers used to having the ability to ebook three-week journeys at an Ontario provincial park might have to regulate their plans this summer season.

Starting in 2023, the utmost size a gaggle can keep at a few of the busiest Ontario parks will probably be decreased from 23 nights to seven of 14 nights between the Canada Day and Labour Day lengthy weekends.

The new rules additionally apply to backcountry and roofed lodging.

The change was introduced in a letter despatched to park customers on Monday.

“With reservations on the rise, it has become more difficult for people to make reservations at some of our busier parks,” the letter says. “Reducing the maximum length of stay at select parks will provide more people with the chance to camp and experience Ontario’s Parks.”

Over the final two years, demand for campsites in Ontario has elevated drastically. Some consultants attributed this to the general public well being measures put in place through the pandemic, by which residents had been being urged to remain residence apart from important causes.

Sites at campgrounds began to refill months sooner than regular. Some campers even began mass-booking websites, solely to cancel or reschedule them at a later date. Residents famous that a few of these permits had been resold on websites like Kijiji.

In August 2021, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks vowed to clamp down on campers reselling websites for revenue.

Ontario Parks says that tenting has grown steadily over the past a number of years, from 4.3 million campers in 2014 to six.6 million campers in 2021.

The most size modifications solely apply to pick out parks, however most look like well-liked and busy locations.

There additionally could also be flexibility for longer stays for journeys that overlap with the 2 lengthy weekends.

Here is a full record of Ontario parks that will probably be altering their most size insurance policies:

Parks the place campers can ebook for a most of seven nights throughout peak summer season:

  • Algonquin

  • Bon Echo

  • Killbear

  • Pinery

  • Sandbanks

Parks the place campers can ebook for a most of 14 nights throughout peak summer season:

  • Arrowhead

  • Awenda

  • Balsam Lake

  • Bass Lake

  • Blue Lake

  • Bonnechere

  • Charleston Lake

  • Chutes

  • Craigleith

  • Darlington

  • Driftwood

  • Earl Rowe

  • Emily

  • Esker Lakes

  • Fairbank

  • Finlayson Point

  • Fitzroy

  • Fushimi Lake

  • Grundy Lake

  • Halfway Lake

  • Inverhuron

  • Ivanhoe Lake

  • Kap-Kig-Iwan

  • Kettle Lakes

  • Killarney

  • Lake St. Peter

  • Lake Superior

  • Long Point

  • MacGregor Point

  • Mara

  • Marten River

  • McRae Point

  • Mikisew

  • Mississagi

  • Murphys Point

  • Nagagamisis

  • Neys

  • Oastler Lake

  • Pancake Bay

  • Point Farms

  • Port Burwell

  • Presqu’ile

  • Quetico

  • Rainbow Falls

  • Rene Brunelle

  • Restoule

  • Rideau River

  • Rock Point

  • Rondeau

  • Rushing River

  • Samuel de Champlain

  • Sauble Falls

  • Selkirk

  • Sharbot Lake

  • Sibbald Point

  • Silent Lake

  • Silver Lake

  • Six Mile Lake

  • Sleeping Giant

  • Sturgeon Bay

  • Turkey Point

  • Wheatley

  • Windy Lake

The most size of keep stays 23 nights for all different provincial parks


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