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Free weekday day use for veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members

In recognition of their service, Ontario proudly offers all veterans and active members of the Canadian Armed Forces free weekday day-use access to provincial parks throughout the entire year.

Time in nature is good for us

A wide body of research supports the physical and mental benefits of nature. For example, regular exercise, like hiking or cycling, is good for cardiovascular health and can help reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

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There is also a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced negative emotions. This includes symptoms of anxiety, depression, and psychosomatic illnesses like irritability, insomnia, tension headaches, and indigestion.

Our dedicated park staff are ready to welcome you

To receive the discount, please present:

  • a valid Canadian Armed Forces identification card (i.e., Canadian Armed Forces Veteran’s Service Card, Canadian Forces Identification Card or Record of Service Card)
  • proof of Ontario residency with photo identification (i.e., valid Ontario driver’s licence with photo, valid Ontario Health Card with photo, valid Ontario Photo Card, etc.).

If booking online, the free weekday rate is available in the discounts menu upon checkout. Proof of eligibility can then be presented upon arrival at the park.

Use our park locator to find a park.