Free Ontario Parks day-use passes coming to a London library near you

London Public Library now part of a lending program that gets Ontarians out into nature


Londoners looking to explore nearby provincial parks this year could save on the standard $12 to $21 day-use fee, thanks to a new library pass-sharing program.

Starting today, London Public Library patrons can place a hold on one of 30 seasonal day-use vehicle permits the library has received.

These passes grant free access to more than 100 provincial parks, including local favourites such as Komoka Provincial Park and Pinery Provincial Park.

Anne O’Sullivan, Manager of Customer Services and Branch Operations for London Public Library, said the library lending program is a new initiative through Ontario Parks.

“We’ve never received these passes before, so we’re really excited to be a part of it,” said O’Sullivan. “We can already see that the demand is really high, people are already placing their holds.”


London Public Library started allowing patrons to place holds on the passes Feb. 23, 2021. Anne O’Sullivan, Manager of Customer Services and Branch Operations for London Public Library, expects some passes to be checked out by the end of the week. (Submitted by London Public Library)


Over 200 libraries in Ontario are receiving the seasonal day-use permits to Ontario Parks, including libraries in Strathroy, St. Mary’s, St. Thomas and Kettle and Stony Point.

Passes can be borrowed for up to two weeks, and are valid between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2021. There are no overdue fees, but the replacement cost for a lost pass is $225.

The program comes as officials consider moving London into the less-restrictive orange or yellow categories of Ontario’s COVID-19 re-opening framework.

“People have been cooped up in their houses because of COVID, so there’s a lot of interest in getting outside and this is a wonderful way to do it,” said O’Sullivan.

For more on the pass lending program or to place one on hold, visit the library website.





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