backcountry camping


Our government is gradually reintroducing camping in Ontario Parks and on Crown land to give people more opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe during this time.

Today, Minister Yurek and Minister Yakabuski announced that as of Monday, June 1st, limited backcountry camping will be available at Ontario Parks and on Crown land, including access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails. We will also be expanding day use activities at Ontario Parks to include picnicking and off-leash pet areas.

We are asking Ontarians to visit parks close to where they live. You can find a park location near you here at the Park Locator page: Locator.

For more information on Crown land camping, go to

Key Messages

  • Our government is gradually introducing more activities, facilities and services at Ontario Parks in order to keep staff and visitors safe. 
  • As of June 1, backcountry camping will be available at some operating provincial parks and at all non-operating provincial parks and conservation reserves, where normally permitted.
  • Following current provincial restrictions, no more than 5 people can occupy a backcountry campsite during their stay, unless they live in one household.
  • All buildings and facilities including campgrounds, roofed accommodations, park stores, visitor centers, picnic shelters, playgrounds, beaches and some washrooms remain closed until at least June 14.
  • We’re counting on people to be responsible when enjoying our parks and continue to follow all of the public health measures, including physical distancing and frequent hand washing to help prevent spread of COVID-19.
  • Please continue to visit and Ontario Parks social media channels to check the status of your local provincial park.

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