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Daily Vehicle Permit*

Day use permits allow for day visits (valid until 10:00 p.m. of date of issue) to Algonquin Park, including access to trails, museums, beaches, and picnic grounds. For multiple day visits to Algonquin Park a Seasonal Day Use Permit may be more economical. A Daily Vehicle Permit allows entry for one vehicle and all occupants (up to 14 people).

New Ontario Parks has started a pilot project in Algonquin Park with regard to the advance online purchase of day use permits. See below for ways to obtain your day use permit, especially if you are a seasonal or commercial day use permit holder.

How to Get Your Algonquin Park Day Use Permit

  1. Buy your permit online, up to 5 days in advance. Online sales begin at 7:00am daily. Or call 1-888-668-7275 between 7:00am and 9:00pm. You must select your entry point of Achray/Sand Lake Gate, Brent, Highway 60, Kingscote, Kiosk, Shall, or Tim River.
  2. Buy your permit upon your arrival at Algonquin Park if permits are not sold out in advance. Permits are available at most major park facilities.
  3. If a permit selling office is not staffed, buy your permit at a self-serve fee station, if permits are not sold out in advance.

Permit sales are subject to Ontario Park's capacity limits.

Seasonal Day Use Permit Holders

New Ontario Parks is advising that entry is not guaranteed for seasonal and commercial day use permit holders and is dependent upon capacity limits. Those with seasonal and commercial day use permits must reserve online, up to 5 days in advance, to guarantee your entry on a specific date. Seasonal day use permits include annual, summer, and winter versions.

People traveling through Algonquin Park on Highway 60 between Oxtongue Lake and Whitney, Ontario do not need a permit. However, if you use any facilities (e.g. trail, picnic ground, bathroom, etc.) a permit is required.

Day Use Permit Costs

New As of May 1, 2021, Ontario Parks has increased Daily Vehicle Permit fees in Algonquin Park to $21.00 per vehicle per day along Highway 60, and $18.00 per vehicle per day in other locations. See below for details.

New The Government of Ontario has announced that provincial parks in Ontario will be offering free weekday visits from Monday to Thursday from May 1, 2021 to September 2, 2021. A valid permit is still required to visit on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (and for all overnight camping.) Visitors must obtain a free permit using one of the methods described in "How to Get Your Algonquin Park Day Use Permit".

Day use permits can be purchased at most major park facilities including the West Gate, East Gate, Visitor Centre, Logging Museum, Sand Lake Gate, Cedar Lake-Brent Access Point Office, Kiosk Access Point/Kiosk Campground Office, Kawawaymog Lake Access Point Office, Rain Lake/Magnetawan Lake/Tim River Access Point Office, and Shall Lake Access Point Office.

Daily Vehicle Permit along Highway 60   $21.00*/vehicle/day
All other locations   $18.00*/vehicle/day
Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans (residing in Ontario, weekdays only)   Free
     
Bus Permit*   $125.00*/bus/day
Ontario School Group Bus Permit   $62.50/bus/day
     
  • Prices include applicable taxes (13% HST).
  • * Ontario Parks discounts camping and day use fees for Ontario residents 65 and older and for Ontario residents with a disability who have a CNIB identity card or an MTO disabled person's parking permit. Ontario Senior rates have been discounted by 20%, rates for Ontario persons with disabilities by 50%.
  • Permit sales are subject to Ontario Park's capacity limits.
  • Fees are subject to change by Ontario Parks.

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