Ontario provincial parks set to reopen starting Monday, May 11th

Ontario parks

Ontario provincial parks and conservation reserves will reopen this week.

Environment and Parks Minister Jeff Yurek announced today that starting on Monday, May 11th, more than 500 provincial parks and conservation reserves will reopen to the public for limited day-use access. 

The remaining 115 provincial parks will reopen on Friday, May 15th.

"You'll be able to walk, bike and hike, but for now there will be no access to beaches, facilities, camping or group activities." There will also be no access to playgrounds.

Yurek thanked Ontarians for their continued efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but he reminded people that anyone visiting provincial parks must continue physical distancing.

There will also be no access to washrooms or drinking water. People are encouraged to bring bottled water and hand sanitizer with them, if heading to provincial parks.

The minister also encouraged Ontarians to stay local and not travel to other areas of the province.

This is a complete reversal of an announcement by the province on April 25th that the closure of provincial parks and conservation reserves would be extended through to May 31st.