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Booking visits to the beach continues – but no free days in 2022

Booking rules put in place last year to control unprecedented tourism and traffic at Sandbanks and North Beach provincial parks will continue this summer – but there will be no free beach days during the week.

Despite survey feedback made to the province (regularly sent to those who booked online), there were no provisions made for very early or late-day entry without a reservation. Bookings at the park remain booked until closing, even if the party leaves the park early, or doesn’t show up at all.

Daily vehicle permits must be booked in advance to guarantee admission to Sandbanks, North Beach and 31 other participating parks across the province. Last year 17 parks used the booking system.

Booking begins Monday, May 16 at 7 a.m. for day use starting on Friday, May 20. Permits can be booked up to five days in advance.
Season pass holders ($84.75 – 111.87) are also required to reserve their spot at the parks by booking a daily vehicle permit in advance, but do not pay the admission charge of $12.25 to $21 daily.

2021 season passes remain valid for the 2022 season.

Visitors who arrive at Sandbanks or North Beach without a reservation will be turned away if reservations are sold out. In 2021, Sandbanks was sold out approximately 60 days between mid-June and August. North Beach was sold out approximately 30 days.

Ontario Parks has also introduced a new commercial day-use vehicle Permit ($225) for businesses to share with customers.

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