Ontario Provincial Parks
disability discounts

by Lisa
(Barrie Ontario)

If you have a handicapped sticker for your car (parking), this allows you to book campsites for 50% off at all provincial parks in Ontario, as well as admission for day visits and parking.


Editor's Note:
Wow. Thanks Lisa.
I didn't realize that this great discount was available!

I did further digging, and found this:

"Ontario Parks discounts camping fees for Ontario residents over the age of 65 and for Ontario residents with a disability who have a CNIB identity card or an MTO disabled persons parking permit. Ontario Senior rates have been discounted by 20%, rates for Ontario persons with disabilities by 50%."

More details on current fees are here:
Ontario Provincial Parks - Camping Fees


If anyone with a disability has used this discount in our provincial parks, we'd love to hear about your experience. How well were your needs met? Would you recommend it to others?

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disability discounts

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Discriminatory policy against PWD NEW
by: Margaret MacDonald

I think it is time we persons of disabilities for one reason or another come together and have a class action suit against the Ontario parks. I was given a rate for a person with a disability for my first two weeks here at Bass Lake provincial park and then had it revoked for my second two weeks because of another inquiry of disability rate at which time they stated "we made a mistake". I am on a fixed income and this has caused me great financial hardship. I have contacted the Orillia MPP and feel this is a conflict of people with disabilities and very discriminatory to PWD. Please comment or join in the fight for our rights to be recognized as PWD as we are by the same Ontario provincial government.
I am not legally blind nor am I considered physically handicapped. I am not allowed to drive due to seizures. These parks are funded by government (same) that deemed us as PWD. This is a serious conflict of human rights against people with a disability.

Margaret MacDonald

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Discriminatory policy against PWD NEW
by: Anonymous

I think it is time we persons of disabilities for one reason or another come together and have a class action suit against the Ontario parks. I was given a rate for a person with a disability for my first two weeks here at Bass Lake provincial park and then had it revoked for my second two weeks because of another inquiry of disability rate at which time they stated "we made a mistake". I am on a fixed income and this has caused me great financial hardship. I have contacted the Orillia MPP and feel this is a conflict of people with disabilities and very discriminatory to PWD. Please comment or join in the fight for our rights to be recognized as PWD as we are by the same Ontario provincial government.
I am not legally blind nor am I considered physically handicapped. I am not allowed to drive due to seizures. These parks are funded by government (same) that deemed us as PWD. This is a serious conflict of human rights against people with a disability.

Margaret MacDonald

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Disability discount for all people with disabilities NEW
by: Anonymous

My daughter has a developmental disability and does not qualify for the Ontario Parks disability discount which is disappointing. I think for many disabled people living on a disability income these discounts make it affordable so they are able to enjoy these activities. It would be nice if Ontario Parks could offer this discount to all people with disabilities, just the same as many museums, movie theatres and attractions do.

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Autism NEW
by: Anonymous

What about children with autism who require extra supports emotionally, socially and physically. I feel that any type of these disabilities should qualify. There are all kinds of different resorts, museums, and parks ie. wonderland that give discounts for families of children with these disabilies. Families often have to pay to have support workers etc come along to help with the children with the disabilities. Offering a discount could be the deciding factor for some families who would otherwise not be able to afford camping.

Trina

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Why not accept ODSP cards?
by: Anonymous

This is so messed up. I'm too sick to drive and non of my friends or family is rich enough to own a car. I Live in Toronto where threres public transit and wheel trans so why would I have a handicap parking pass? Why would't you accept ODSP cards or CNIB cards??

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disabled pass
by: Anonymous

To get disabled parking pass you do not have to drive they are given out to family members that you may drive.. I am not disabled but my daughter is. Pick up a form and take to your doctor. Disabled passes are not just given for those in wheelchirs. Your doctor will know if you qualify as well

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disability with Ontario only permit
by: Anonymous

We were looking àt going to see Ontario Parks but find it à little sad that even if i am physically disabled we Will have to pays full price since we are not from Ontario. ...we camp but usually i cant do much of thé walks or activities. .. maybe they should consider open in to all handicap permits

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Provincial Parks Discriminatory Policy
by: corky163

In visiting one of the parks recently (summer 2014), I was told that the only "proof" of disability accepted is the disabled parking permit or CNIB card. I find this to be extremely discriminatory against anyone who has a disability that does not impair mobility or sight. I cannot believe that they could be so dim-sighted as to think this is an acceptable policy or form of proof for persons with a disability. Maybe those are the only two disabled groups to whom the parks are willing to offer the reduced rates, however, if so - then the policy wording/description should be revised.

I have written Premier Wynne and Service Ontario expressing my viewpoint. IF I hear back, I will post here.

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Disability parking permit discounts
by: Disability parking permit holder

You have to have a valid disability parking permit issued in Ontario to receive 50% discount at provincial parks. This permit must be shown when you register at the park. The park staff can't make a judgement on giving this discount, the permit has to be shown. Your Dr can advise you on getting one.
You also are exempt from getting a fishing license in Ontario if you have a valid disability parking permit issued in Ontario.

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Ontario only disability proof for Ontario Parks discount
by: Anonymous

In 2010 we enjoyed many of Ontarios parks while we traveled across Canada-- My husband is disabled and we did this trip before he could no longer walk-- The parks refused the discount as our disablity registration was not from Ontario--This is not a negitive as I believe in promoting and giving incentives for stay at home vacations--Just information for those that might incorrectly budget for there trip

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Hearing disability
by: Wanda

I am not trying to take advantage of the situation but just out of curiosity, do deaf people get this discount? I am receiving the Ontario Disabilty Tax Benifit as well as Ontario Disability Support Program. The only proof i have are government letters. Would i quilify for this discount?

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disability permit
by: Anonymous

I had a stroke 23yrs ago and didn't think I would
qualify for a disability permit. I have a very bad case of balance still and was wondering if you could tell me if I could still get a permit for parking and prov. parks. I am also scheduled for a knee replacement this month.

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Discount
by: Anonymous

At time of booking let the staff know that you have a parking permit for accessibility and make sure when you check into the park you provide the permit as well.

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Prov. Park Disability Discount
by: Lloyd Palmer

Can't find their definition however in my opinion a disability is a disability provided the person has been identified as such by the ministry.

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No Discount
by: Anonymous

How is one disability different then the other? My daughter who is 8 has down syndrome. She has a disability, but because we do not qualify to get a parking permit. We can not get the discount. Maybe Ontario Parks needs to revise there policy.


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FISHING
by: Anonymous

Are you aware that if you have a handicap permit, your fishing licence is FREE as is if you are over 65.


You just need to have the permit with you should someone of authority ask for it.


Also parking at any parking meter in ONTARIO is free for up to three hours , only exceptions is where stipulated otherwise, ex. hospital post you must pay at meters, therefore you must in that situation

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Provincial Park Camping for people with disabiities
by: Will

This has to be the best perk for a person with a disability! You can reserve a site by phone using your permit number and still get the 50% off.

I have been doing this for the last 2 years and I have never been given a hard time.

I know for sure that Killbear even has a wheelchair designed for the beach....finally a Government that actually uses common sense...good luck and get outdoors!

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people with disibilities
by: Gilles Gauthier


My family and I have been camping at Bonnechere park for over 28 years.Always a great experience we have never gone anywhere else WE live almost 3 hours away.Since im disabaled not by your criteria it used to be an affordable way to go for a vacation with my family now its to the point of afordability being on a disibilty pension money is very limited my disibility is a tramatic brain injury i do not need a wheelchair however i feel a disibility is just that. perhaps someone can contact me to clarify thank you


Gilles gauthier

gtgauthier@hotmail.com
613 825 4177

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