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How to raise environmentally conscious children

Imagine a library; What do you think of? The smell of paper, the sound of turning the pages and, of course, the books.

Well, now when you think of the library, we want you to think of Ontario parks too!

You and your family can now “pick up” an Ontario Parks seasonal permit at a participating library near you!

We want to make it easier for people to spend time in nature. Our permit lending program has been expanded to participating libraries.

This means you can go to the library and then go to your favorite provincial park for the day!

What can I do with the seasonal permit?

So you took permission (and maybe some books!) from your library, now what?

seasonal permits in branch

A seasonal permit gives you unlimited day-use access (capacity permitting) at all provincial parks for the period you borrow it.

Use your permit to visit a park you haven’t been to before. Or visit an old favorite in a different season and try some new activities with the whole family.

Nature is fun all year round.

Below we offer you some suggestions so that your family is in contact with nature at any time of the year:

Go for a walk! Check each park’s website to see what trails they offer. Don’t forget: hiking is a year-round activity and there are trails available for all levels.

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Boy holding hands with two adults on a walk in the woods

Prepare a picnic for your family. Spend a day in nature with your favorite food and your favorite people. Many of our parks have picnic tables available, but there’s nothing better than spreading a blanket under the trees.

Try your hand (or feet) at snowshoeing. Ok, it may already be summer, but we know some of you like to plan ahead. Don’t forget that many provincial parks offer winter programs!

Group of 3 friends taking a break from snowshoeing.

Go for a bike ride. There are plenty of places to bike around the provincial parks, so bring your bikes and hit the trails.

Before you leave

Before setting off on your day trip, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Park capacity limits still apply. The parks close when they are full. Plan ahead for busy days, especially weekends, so you don’t get disappointed.

You can (and should, to avoid disappointment!) use your permit to reserve your spot in advance in many provincial parks.

Using the serial number from your seasonal vehicle permit, you can secure your spot up to five days in advance. That is how:

The permit only covers the cost of admission to the park. Things like renting equipment or buying a souvenir will be an extra expense.

The permit does not cover overnight stays. That said, you can use it to explore a park for your next camping trip. Check out all the sights and amenities the park offers and start planning your next great outdoor adventure.

Child and adult sitting at the table enjoying the view of the forest and lake

Does my library lend permissions?

Visit our website to find out if your local library participates.

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Each participating library will have information about their specific process for borrowing permits.

Why visit Ontario parks?

The research is clear: spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being.

Three children on the beach in summer with the lake in the background.

Check out our Healthy Parks Healthy People page to learn more about the health benefits of the outdoors. It’s really good for you from head to toe!

We understand the importance of going out to enjoy nature and we want to share it with as many people as possible.

Working with libraries helps make our spaces more accessible and affordable.

Visit your local library and check out your Ontario Parks permit today!