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Balsam Lake Provincial Park Now Requires Day Trip Visitors To Book In Advance

KAWARTHA LAKES-If you are planning on spending a sunny day at Balsam Lakes Provincial Park this summer you will need to book in advance. Although officials say walk-up permits will continue to be sold, subject to availability.

The Ontario government announced it is expanding the advance day-use reservation service, available at select provincial parks including Balsam Lake.

The province says this expansion will help reduce overcrowding and provide visitors with greater certainty when planning park visits on busy days like weekends and holidays.

“Ontario’s provincial parks are some of the most beautiful and well-loved places in our province, which is why we are always looking for ways to improve and modernize the Ontario Parks experience,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “By expanding the advance daily vehicle permit service, we are responding to feedback from visitors who want a fast and convenient way to visit our parks so they can focus on what really matters – enjoying their visit to the fullest.”

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

“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.”

Ontario Parks encourages visitors to secure an advanced daily vehicle permit where available, especially during busy periods like weekends and holidays, to help guarantee access to participating provincial parks. Visitors can purchase their advance daily vehicle permit online at reservations.ontarioparks.com.


Continuing to improve and modernize the Ontario Parks system is another way the government is working for you to build stronger and healthier communities. By expanding services like advance daily vehicle permits, the government is ensuring access to recreational opportunities for Ontario families to enjoy, while boosting local tourism and strengthening the protection and health of local wildlife and the environment.


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