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Ontario parks imposing a seven-night summer camping limit at the province's most popular parks

During the summer months between July and Labour Day, the most popular Ontario provincial parks will impose a seven-night limit on camping. The move is designed to allow for more opportunities for more people at campgrounds that are always fully booked.

“With reservations on the rise, we want to ensure that more Ontarians can enjoy campground campsites at some of our more popular parks during our busy summer season,” stated a post on the Ontario Parks blog outlining the changes.

The changes do not apply to every park in the province, just the most popular five: Algonquin, Bon Echo, Killbear, Sandbanks, and the Pinery.

There is another tier of campground where there will be a maximum of a 14-night stay and others with the traditional 23-night stay.

“We’ve heard from countless visitors how frustrating it can be to miss out on a summer camping reservation. With reservations in high demand, it can be difficult to get a campsite at some of our park campgrounds.”

For those looking for longer vacations, Ontario Parks suggests road-tripping from park to park, or booking parks where longer stays are still allowed. Booking maximum during the off-season remains at 23 nights for all parks.

Reaction to the news on social media has been overwhelmingly positive.

"So glad! As a lifelong OP camper it’s so hard to get sites for years now. So many people with extended booking and cancelling off the days they don’t want after . This new rule is a step in the right direction, now stop the front end cancellations to free up more sites!" wrote Shainna Poulin on Twitter.

Others suggested there is a need to develop new parks to ease the pressure.

Here is the full list.

Maximum 7-night stay:
    ·    Algonquin Provincial Park
    ·    Bon Echo Provincial Park
    ·    Killbear Provincial Park
    ·    Sandbanks Provincial Park
    ·    Pinery Provincial Park

Maximum 14-night stay:
    ·    Arrowhead Provincial Park
    ·    Awenda Provincial Park
    ·    Balsam Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Bass Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Blue Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Bonnechere Provincial Park
    ·    Charleston Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Chutes Provincial Park
    ·    Craigleith Provincial Park
    ·    Darlington Provincial Park
    ·    Driftwood Provincial Park
    ·    Earl Rowe Provincial Park
    ·    Emily Provincial Park
    ·    Esker Lakes Provincial Park
    ·    Fairbank Provincial Park
    ·    Finlayson Point Provincial Park
    ·    Fitzroy Provincial Park
    ·    Fushimi Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Grundy Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Halfway Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Inverhuron Provincial Park
    ·    Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park
    ·    Kettle Lakes Provincial Park
    ·    Killarney Provincial Park
    ·    Lake St. Peter Provincial Park
    ·    Lake Superior Provincial Park
    ·    Long Point Provincial Park
    ·    MacGregor Point Provincial Park
    ·    Mara Provincial Park
    ·    Marten River Provincial Park
    ·    McRae Point Provincial Park
    ·    Mikisew Provincial Park
    ·    Mississagi Provincial Park
    ·    Murphys Point Provincial Park
    ·    Nagagamisis Provincial Park
    ·    Neys Provincial Park
    ·    Oastler Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Pancake Bay Provincial Park
    ·    Point Farms Provincial Park
    ·    Port Burwell Provincial Park
    ·    Presqu’ile Provincial Park
    ·    Quetico Provincial Park
    ·    Rainbow Falls Provincial Park
    ·    Rene Brunelle Provincial Park
    ·    Restoule Provincial Park
    ·    Rideau River Provincial Park
    ·    Rock Point Provincial Park
    ·    Rondeau Provincial Park
    ·    Rushing River Provincial Park
    ·    Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
    ·    Sauble Falls Provincial Park
    ·    Selkirk Provincial Park
    ·    Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Sibbald Point Provincial Park
    ·    Silent Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Silver Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Six Mile Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
    ·    Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park
    ·    Turkey Point Provincial Park
    ·    Wheatley Provincial Park
    ·    Windy Lake Provincial Park

Maximum 23-night stay:
    ·    Aaron Provincial Park
    ·    Arrow Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Bronte Creek Provincial Park
    ·    Caliper Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Ferris Provincial Park
    ·    Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
    ·    MacLeod Provincial Park
    ·    Missinaibi Provincial Park
    ·    Ojibway Provincial Park
    ·    Pakwash Provincial Park
    ·    Sandbar Lake Provincial Park
    ·    Silver Falls Provincial Park
    ·    Sioux Narrows Provincial Park
    ·    Voyageur Provincial Park
    ·    Wakami Lake Provincial Park
    ·    White Lake Provincial Park

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