Selwyn Public Library is take part in the Ontario Parks Pass program!

Each of our 3 locations have the following items:  

  • Three Day-Use Vehicle Permits (Parks Pass) 
  • $5 off your next daily vehicle permit coupons (available while supplies last)
  • Ontario Parks Guides (available while supplies last)

 

Program Information

The day-use permit lending program runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 which aligns with the valid dates of the day-use vehicle permits. These permits 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 the Park Locator for a map of “operating” park locations near us and their Operating Dates page to view which parks are open for day-use in our area at different times of year.

  • The Parks Pass has a one-week lending period. 
  • An overdue Parks Pass will have a late fine of $1/day. 
  • Patrons are welcome to place a hold on a Parks Pass via our online catalogue (Search for Parks Pass). 

 

$5 off coupons

One $5 off your next daily vehicle permit at Ontario Parks coupon will be included each time a day-use permit is loaned to a patron until supplies last. Patrons are also welcome to request one at the circulation desk while supplies last. 

Educational Resources

We offer a number educational resources related to Ontario Parks. A staff member will be happy to assist in your search. To get started, check out this list of resources found on our online catalogue. These resources are to help our patrons learn more about the natural and cultural history of Ontario. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q:   Why is Ontario Parks offering a day-use vehicle permit lending program through libraries?

A:    Ontario Parks has partnered with individual libraries for the past five years to loan annual day-use permits to their patrons. Based on the success of these initial partnerships, Ontario Parks is expanding the opportunity to all publicly funded libraries in Ontario.

The motivation behind this program is to help Ontarians spend more time in nature. A wide body of research supports the idea that time spent in nature has significant benefits for our mental and physical health. Visit their Healthy Parks Healthy People program website for more information.

Ontario Parks is committed to making our provincial parks more accessible. This program is one way they are helping more Ontarians to get outside and enjoy their local provincial park.

Q:   How many Day-Use Vehicle Permits does each library location have? 

A:    Each library location (Bridgenorth, Ennismore, & Lakefield) has 3 Parks Pass permits.

Q:   When does the program begin?

A:    For 2021, the permits supplied are valid from January 1 to December 31, 2021. Please note that passes will only be available in accordance to current COVID 19 regulations and protocol. If Ontario Parks are closed due to Ontario COVID regulations, Parks Passes will not be available.  

Q:   How long can Parks Passes be loaned to patrons?

A:    Parks Passes have a loan period of 1 week.

Q:   How many times can one person borrow a day-use vehicle permit?

A:    The number of loans per patron is a maximum of one loan per patron per year. *Depending on availability and popularity exceptions can be made by library staff.

Q:   Are the day-use vehicle permits valid at all provincial parks? / Who can use them?

A:    Parks Pass permits provide unlimited day-use access for one vehicle and its occupants to all provincial parks in Ontario where fees are normally charged. Park capacity limitations will apply. COVID restrictions will apply when necessary. The permits must be displayed on the rear-view mirror or dashboard of the vehicle while it is in a park. To find a list of provincial parks in Ontario please visit: OntarioParks.com/park-locator.

Parks Passes are available to all Selwyn Public Library patrons. 

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