As excitement builds for the upcoming camping season, local provincial parks in the Ottawa Valley are encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to book ahead for their outdoor adventures.
As per a report, most of Algonquin Park, along with Bonnechere Park and Driftwood Park, will open to the public for day use and camping on May 12.
According to Ontario Parks, visitors can book their vehicle permits and stay five days in advance at any of the three locations through their online reservation service.
This option is available for both day permits and season-pass holders, providing a convenient way to secure a spot even if the park reaches capacity. Additionally, this will expedite the entry process, as all that will be required at the gate is a quick check-in with the attendants.
Bon Echo Park is also set to open on May 12. However, at this time, day passes will only be available for purchase at the park’s gates. This offers another opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the beautiful landscapes and engage in recreational activities within the park’s boundaries.
For those considering venturing farther away this summer, Fitzroy Park in the West Carleton area and Frontenac Park have joined the latest group of Ontario Parks where visitors can book trips in advance. This added convenience ensures that patrons can plan their getaways with ease, knowing their reservations are secured.
The reopening of these provincial parks serves as a boon for the outdoor recreation industry. The demand for outdoor activities has surged in recent times, as people have sought solace in nature during the ongoing pandemic. This has led to a significant increase in business for camping equipment retailers, outdoor tour operators, and manufacturers of outdoor gear.
In light of this, the outdoor recreation industry has been making strides toward enhancing visitor experiences while ensuring the safety and well-being of the public. Investments in park infrastructure, staff training, and the implementation of safety protocols have all played a crucial role in facilitating the seamless reopening of parks and recreational facilities.