The Ontario government is making it free to visit any provincial park on Canada Day as a thank-you, said the premier to Ontarians for following public health advice designed to stem the spread of COVID-19.
To prevent overcrowding, park capacity will be limited “so I do encourage you to arrive early,” said
Jeff Yurek, minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. Park visitors should also continue to practise physical distancing, and wear a mask when that isn’t possible.
The province is also allowing free fishing in Ontario from July 4 to 19 – no need to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card.
With jurisdictions across the province contemplating or implementing mandatory mask policies, Ontario Premier Doug Ford was asked Tuesday about making this a provincewide edict.
“Each region has the authority to make their own rules, and a province this size – I encourage it,” said Ford. “Toronto and Peel is different than Kenora-Rainy River. It’s apples and oranges.”