Some Ontario Provincial parks open longer this year

The camping season is extended in some provincial parks in Northern Ontario.

Parks that would have closed on Labor Day remain open for a few more weeks.

This is the case for four provincial parks in the northeast of the province.

René Brunelle provincial parks in Moonbeam, Fushimi west of Hearst and Kap-Kig-Iwan near Englehart will welcome campers until September 27. Ivanhoe Park, west of Timmins, will do so until September 21.

Ontario Parks says it wants to continue a season during which there was a very high attendance.

We had a lot of new campers and we wanted to continue offering this possibility, for the well-being and health of the visitors.

Nancy Daigle, Park Superintendent in the Timmins and Cochrane area

In addition, Ms. Daigle points out that the demand for fall camping has led us to try it this season to see how much interest there is .

The increase in traffic to provincial parks has occurred even though they were only opened in June for camping , due to containment measures related to COVID-19.

Showers were not accessible in parks this season to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

But it was possible to rent equipment, such as canoes and kayaks.

Some provincial parks are generally open until fall. One of those, Kettle Lakes Provincial Park, near Timmins, is open annually until Thanksgiving weekend in October.

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