Crown land camping prohibited effective immediately due to COVID-19
Updated April 15, 2021
You can read the full announcement here, though an outline of the closure notice shared online by the government states the following:
Recreational camping is prohibited on public land, including Crown land until further notice. This is to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect the health and well-being of Ontarians.
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, you cannot:
- camp for recreational purposes on public (Crown) land administered by Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry under the Public Lands Act
- occupy tents or other camping structures, such as trailers, recreational vehicles and watercraft equipped for overnight accommodation
The prohibition will remain in place until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate if further actions are required.
This prohibition of recreational camping does not affect:
- the exercising of Aboriginal or treaty rights
- temporary outdoor accommodations necessary for the operation of essential services and businesses such as forestry operations
- using public land for day use activities, like exercise, consistent with the stay-at-home order
- where written authorization (for example leases or land use permits) has been issued by the ministry to occupy public lands.