More provincial parks including Wasaga Beach will require day trips booked in advance

The government says advance booking ensures people can access the park they want to visit

A trip to Wasaga Beach Provincial Park will require some additional planning.

The Ontario government announced Friday that it is expanding the advance day-use reservation service to an additional 20 parks.

“This expansion will help reduce overcrowding and provide visitors with greater certainty when planning park visits on busy days like weekends and holidays,” the government said in a news release.

Visitors can book a daily vehicle permit online up to five days in advance.

The pre-booking program was launched by the province in 2021.

“Building on the success of the last two years, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the advance day-use registration service to even more parks, including Wasaga Beach Provincial Park,” said John Yakabuski, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “To help meet growing customer demand, this easy-to-use online service gives visitors peace of mind by allowing them to reserve their spot in advance to ensure they can access the park they want to visit.”

Currently, 57 parks across the province use the pre-booking system.

Starting this spring, the advance daily vehicle permit service is expanding to the following provincial parks:

  • Wasaga Beach, Awenda, Rondeau and MacGregor Point – now available
  • Sauble Falls – as of April 21, 2023
  • Frontenac and Inverhuron – as of April 28, 2023
  • Bronte Creek, Fitzroy, Murphys Point, Oastler Lake, Petroglyphs, Port Burwell, Rideau River and Rock Point – as of May 12, 2023
  • Chutes, Esker Lakes, Ivanhoe Lake, Neys and White Lake – as of May 19, 2023

Visitors can purchase their advance daily vehicle permit online at reservations.ontarioparks.com.

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