no camping on crown land ontario

People aren't happy about Ontario's no camping on Crown land rule

Doug Ford says No camping on Crown land, but those who want to pitch their tents in Ontario are asking hium to reconsider, despite the stay-at-home order.

The new restrictions, announced Friday, prohibited camping on Crown land, including Ontario parks.

Much to people's disappointment, the Ontario Parks website has confirmed that they will be closed for camping for now.

"We understand this temporary closure of overnight stays in provincial parks may impact your plans, however, the health and well-being of Ontarians is our number one priority."

On Twitter, Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said that this ban is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. However, some people disagree that this was the right measure.

Although day trips and hiking are still allowed, people are criticizing Doug Ford for not allowing overnight stays.

There are multiple petitions urging the government to remove the ban on camping immediately. 

"Camping is one of the very few ways families and individuals got through this past year’s fight with COVID, under the applicable governmental mandates, modifications and social restrictions," according to one petition.

Just days ago, Doug Ford reversed the decision to close playgrounds after being widely criticized; now people are hoping the same can be done for camping.

Lead photo by

Jack Nobre


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