Recreation Passes

Park Passes

Ontario Parks

The Region of Waterloo Library has collaborated with Ontario Parks to offer passes for Region of Waterloo Library patrons to enjoy the outdoors!

The Ontario Parks Pass will provide complimentary day-use access for one vehicle and its occupants at more than 100 provincial parks where fees are normally charged. Please visit their Park Locator for a map of operating park locations near you and the Operating Dates page to view which parks are open for day-use in your area.

Ontario Parks passes are available at all branches and patrons may place holds on them. Passes are loaned for a three-week period or one week when in high demand. They are renewable, if there are no patron holds.

How to Reserve Your Day-Use Spot in Advance

Beginning on June 7, 2021 Ontario Parks is piloting a new service that allows visitors to guarantee park access and obtain a daily vehicle permit at select provincial parks up to five days in advance of arrival at no additional cost.


You will need to secure your spot and obtain a daily vehicle permit in advance for every visit, including free day-use days using this service.


The following parks are participating in this pilot: Algonquin, Arrowhead, Batchawana Bay, Bass Lake, Blue Lake, Bonnechere, Craigleith, Darlington, Driftwood, Forks of the Credit, Kakabeka Falls, Kap-Kig-Iwan, Kettle Lakes, Lake Superior, Long Point, Mara, McRae Point, Mono Cliffs, North Beach, Pancake Bay, Pinery, Point Farms, Presqu’ile, Rainbow Falls, Rushing River, Samuel de Champlain, Sandbanks, Selkirk, Sibbald Point, Six Mile Lake, Turkey Point, Voyageur, and Windy Lake. 



There are two ways to obtain a daily vehicle permit in advance:

1. Online at

2. By phone by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) – Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

All you will need to do is provide your permit serial number when obtaining your daily vehicle permit.


Please make sure you display your permit and bring a printed or electronic copy of the confirmation e-mail that indicates you have secured a daily vehicle permit at the park on the day of your visit.


Have questions? Ask a park staff member, visit or send a message at

Grand River Parks Membership Cards

Through a generous donation from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (Get Outdoors!) to the Grand River Conservation Foundation, local residents and families can connect with the outdoors at select Grand River Parks, free of charge. Through this initiative, a Grand River Parks membership card is available to borrow through our lending program.

The Grand River Parks membership card allows day use entry to 10 parks and the Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area, during their operating seasons, for up to six people in one vehicle (or walking/biking in as a group). Please note the membership card is not valid at Elora Quarry Conservation Area.

Patrons are advised to consult the Grand River Parks website for information about park locations, restrictions and more, so you can plan your visit. 

Find out which Grand River Parks are open and offering your favourite activities on this webpage, updated in real time.

Read more about the Grand River Parks membership program.

Grand River Parks memberships are available in the Region of Waterloo Library catalogue for patrons to place a hold for pickup at their local branch. Membership cards are loaned for a three-week period or one week when in high demand. They are renewable, if there are no patron holds.

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