Some provincial parks in Ontario are changing their backcountry camping fees for the 2020 season.
User on the Algonquin Adventures forum posted about the change which will affect the Temagami area parks and Massassauga Provincial Park. The change would see campers pay a flat rate of $20 – $40 per site, per night rather than paying for individual campers per night.
Below are the new backcountry camping fees for The Massasauga and parks in the Temagami region.
|The Massasauga||Base Fee||HST||Total|
|Regular – per campsite fee||$40.75||$5.30||$46.05|
|Ontario Senior – per campsite fee||$32.60||$4.24||$36.84|
|Youth / Ont. Persons with Disabilities * – per campsite fee||$20.38||$2.65||$23.03|
|Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater, Makobe-Grays River, Obabika River, Solace, Sturgeon River||Base Fee||HST||Total|
|Regular – per campsite fee||$32.50||$4.23||$36.73|
|Ontario Senior – per campsite fee||$26.00||$3.38||$29.38|
|Youth / Ont. Persons with Disabilities * – per campsite fee||$16.25||$2.11||$18.36|
The new fee structure is fine if you’re traveling with a group, but for solo paddlers, the flat rate fee structure is pricey.
In an email response about the change, an Ontario Parks rep said:
Ontario Parks is making this change in order to simplify the booking process by streamlining the backcountry fee structure and making it consistent with our car camping fee model.
Most users on the Algonquin adventures Forum don’t like the change and worry the new fee structure could extend to more Provincial Parks including Algonquin.
One forum member wrote:
It’s too bad. I was planning to check out Massassauga this summer for the first time, but as a soloist, it is now getting out of reach. I chose this hobby because it was relatively cheap (once the up-front camping equipment costs are paid). Looks like crown-land camping for me, if this catches on and spreads to places like Algonquin.
Another user did some math:
$12.43 per night at Algonquin. $46.05 per night at Massassauga.
Mon-Fri trip in Algonquin is $62.15. In Massassauga it will be $230.25. Yikes.
So parties of four or more? It’s a deal for you. The rest of us, not so much.
What do you think of the fee changes? Let us know in the comment section below.