On March 19, 2020, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, issued the following update on Ontario Parks operations in response to COVID-19 developments:

“In order to assist the province with its efforts to keep Ontarians safe during this time, all provincial parks will be closed to the public from March 19, 2020 until April 30, 2020.

This includes:

  • car camping
  • backcountry camping
  • roofed accommodations
  • day use opportunities
  • all public buildings

As #COVID19ON continues to quickly evolve, we want to ensure public safety and the well-being of our visitors and staff in Ontario’s provincial parks.

Visitors with reservations for arrivals up to April 30, 2020 are eligible for full refunds, with no penalty. Penalty-free refunds will automatically be issued. Please do not cancel reservations online, as this may trigger an automatic penalty.”

However, Brad Connor, Superintendent of Rondeau, told the RCA that leaseholders will have full access to their cottages.  As well, contractors doing work will also be allowed in. You will still need your park pass to enter, but at this point there wont be any staff at the gatehouse.