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You can now borrow an Ontario Parks pass from the library and visit for free

The Toronto Public Library is a pretty amazing group that continually adapts to the times, and adding Ontario Parks passes to its list of offerings is another example of its creativity and excellence.

Anyone with a TPL card can now reserve an Ontario Parks pass,  a vehicle permit, which can be borrowed for a week at a time. The pass can be used across the province at any of more than Ontario provincial parks so the bearer does not have to pay day-use admission fees. The pass does not cover overnight fees for camping or the cost of borrowing equipment.

“We’re proud and excited to partner with Ontario Parks to be able to provide free parks passes to TPL customers,” says Aly Velji, manager for adult services at TPL. “This is a great way to spend time outdoors with family and friends, and explore all the wonderful things that Ontario Parks have to offer.”

Toronto is one of 260 municipalities across the province participating in the program. Fees to park a vehicle at some Ontario Parks site run around $9.50 per adult, and $6.50 per child.

Borrowers are responsible for the safe return of the pass, and failing that, would be on the hook for the replacement fee ($225) and other borrowing privileges could also be impacted.

There are 300 parks passes available across the city at 32 branches. It is also possible to place a hold on a pass to subsequently pick up at a local branch at the front desk, which could be the best bet given the popularity of the program.

Looking for a place to hike at the more than 100 park locations? Check out this article, or the Ontario Parks locator.

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