Backcountry Camping Still Available In Ontario Despite Covid-19 Cronavirus

Christine Elliott, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health and Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks today released the following statement regarding the activities of Ontario Parks in response to COVID-19.

“The safety of the public and the well-being of our visitors and the staff of Ontario’s provincial parks is our number one priority.” In response to the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario to immediately halt major events and public gatherings of more than 250 people, Ontario Parks has canceled all scheduled public events until further notice. All Ontario Parks public buildings, such as visitor centers, will also be closed.

The possibilities of outdoor activities, such as camping and daily use will always be available in the operating parks .

The possibilities of outdoor activities, such as camping and daily use will always be available in the operating parks .

Appropriate cleaning measures continue to be implemented to reduce the risk to staff and visitors to the buildings. Ontario Parks will also increase the frequency of cleaning of public areas that remain open, including washrooms. 

Individuals and groups wishing to cancel their current reservations for arrivals up to April 30, 2020 will receive a full refund or may modify their reservations based on availability at no cost. 

Ontario Parks will monitor the situation and conduct a reassessment on April 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020. “

Additional resources

  • Visit the Ontario Parks website for a list of operating parks and updates.
  • For more information on cancellations or changes to reservations if applicable, please contact the Ontario Parks Reservation Service Call Center at 1-888-668-7275 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern Time . To receive a refund without penalty, please do not cancel or modify your online reservations .
  • Consult the website of Ontario for more information on how the province continues to protect Ontarians from Covid-19.

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