Ontario campsites still have availability and here’s how to book


August is fast approaching and the summer holidays are drawing to a close. Looking for last minute activities? Ontario campgrounds still have spots available for a short getaway.

Although the summer has been a busy one for Ontario Parks, a representative told Daily Hive that there are a ton of spots available for those who want to reserve a site before summer is over.

“To date, we have seen an increase in bookings of around 60% compared to the same period last year,” said the representative from Jan. 1 to July 1.

Here are some tips that might help you secure a spot:

  • Try a New Park – Their busiest parks that fill up first are Algonquin, Killbear, Pinery, Sandbanks, and Bon Echo.
  • Book late. Keep an eye out for cancellations.
  • Aim for bookings mid-week or shoulder seasons.

Ontario Parks says there are multi-day vacancies available in southern Ontario, and they recommend checking cancellations, mid-week opportunities and even fall camping.

It is always recommended that visitors book in advance to avoid last minute decisions, but in the odd case you are feeling adventurous, Ontario Parks may be able to accommodate you if possible.

They also made some new changes like lower the price of their seasonal permits, presenting a new service manage the increase in park use among day trippers to avoid long queues and overcrowding in parks.

“We are living an extremely busy year and we need everyone’s help to keep our parks cleaner than they found them; arrive prepared and help us protect these special shared places. Individual actions make a difference, ”said Ontario Parks.


Sally J. Minick

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