Ontario Parks will be free to use on Canada Day

Jun 30 2020, 10:19 am

The Ontario government is offering free day use for provincial parks on Canada Day.

And, from July 4 to July 19, the province is providing free fishing for residents of all ages — they will not have to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card.

“As we celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday, this is our way of saying thank you to everyone in Ontario who has followed the public health advice to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Premier Doug Ford during his press conference on Tuesday.

“Tourism is a major source of jobs and economic benefits for many communities across the province, so it’s important to support our local businesses and explore everything our province has to offer as we reopen the province this summer.”

To help prevent overcrowding at the most popular provincial parks, capacity will be limited, so visitors are recommended to arrive early or consider exploring other provincial parks in the area.

Also, park visitors should maintain physical distancing and wear a mask whenever physical distancing is not possible.

In addition, numerous Ontario attractions have special virtual experiences and events planned for July 1.

According to the province, families and individuals can further enjoy the numerous attractions across Ontario, both virtual events and special events with physical distancing planned for Canada Day, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Niagara Parks Commission, Science North and Destination Ontario.

On June 12, campsites and beaches starting to reopen at Ontario Parks as part of the province’s Stage 2 economic plan.