Have you started booking your spring and summer camping trips yet? If you are a back country or crown land camper, you don’t need to worry about registering far in advance as much as the rest of us. But if you plan on staying in an Ontario Parks organized campground you need to plan ahead and get yourself booked to avoid disappointment. Here are eight tips to help you book your trips to Ontario Parks.
1) Be aware that Ontario Parks and Canada Parks are run by two different governments and have two different registration systems.
2) Consider trying a place you’ve never been or is a little further than you would normally travel.
Ontario boasts more than 100 parks, but if I asked you for the name of the first park that pops into your mind, there is a good chance your answer would be one of the “top five”. These campgrounds are often the hardest to reserve – especially if you haven’t planned five months in advance. The top five provincial parks in Ontario are:
• The Pinery
• Bon Echo
3) Do your research in advance and choose your park and campsite BEFORE the registration date opens.
One of the best features of the Ontario Parks reservation site is the availability of photos for each campsite. Pay attention to the site description and compare it to the photo to be sure the site is right for you.
4) Have a first, second and third choice of campsites.
Competition for great sites is fierce, especially for sites that are beside water. By having three choices planned in advance you have a good chance of securing a site that meets your needs when you log on to register. Over the last two years we have rarely been able to book our first choice site. But because we were prepared, we were happy with our second or third choice sites.
5) Set-up your Ontario Parks Reservations account BEFORE the date you plan to register for a site.
6) Book exactly five months before your departure date.