Backcountry Reservations

Online at

Telephone 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)

Or 519-826-5290 for outside of North America


  • Ontario Parks charges fees for all backcountry camping in Algonquin Park.
  • A non-refundable reservation fee is charged when you make your reservation.
  • The full cost of your reservation is due at the time of booking.
  • Reservations can be made 5 months before your arrival date. For example, backcountry campers can reserve on March 1 for August 1.
  • To make a reservations for a backcountry trip or a reservation for a Ranger Cabins, call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) [or (519) 826-5290 for outside of North America] or make a reservation Online.
  • Please have the Official Canoe Routes Map of Algonquin Park or the Backpacking Trails of Algonquin Park available for reference.
  • The maximum length of stay on any one backcountry campsite is 16 consecutive nights.
  • Maximum party size for backcountry camping is 9 persons per permit.
  • 1 vehicle is included in your camping fee - all other vehicles must purchase an Additional Vehicle Permit at the time of registration
  • Campers must follow the route specified on their permit.

Before Making Your Reservation Call

  • Have our official Canoe Routes Map-Brochure (or Backpacking Trails Map-Brochure) in front of you when you call the reservation number, especially in case modifications have to be made to your trip.
  • Know where you would like to go on your trip. If you require assistance, contact Algonquin Park Information prior to making your reservation.
  • Know the following specific pieces of trip information:
    • your intended trip start and departure dates
    • your intended access point of entry and exit
    • your intended travel route by lake area on a nightly basis
    • possible alternate routes and access points in the event that your first route choice has already been filled to capacity
  • Have ready the following pieces of personal information:
    • your name, address, and postal code
    • your telephone number
    • an email address (All bookings where an email address has been provide will receive their confirmation letter by email, including changes and cancellations.  If an email address is not provided a confirmation letter will be sent by mail.)
    • the number of people in your party (maximum of 9 persons per site and per reservation)
    • your vehicle license number
    • how you will be paying (if by credit card have its number and expiry date ready)

After Making A Reservation

  • A confirmation letter will be emailed to campers providing an email address, including customers who make changes and/or cancellations.
  • Review the Park's Rules and Regulations

Changing or Canceling a Reservation

  • Reservations may be changed by contacting or telephone 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)
  • A cancellation, change, and/or administrative fee may be applicable.
  • Changes to a vehicle (e.g. license plate number) or individuals on the permit can be made online or over the phone in advance of your arrival.

Your Arrival at the Backcountry Access Point

  • Once you have made your reservation, print or save a digital copy of your confirmation as your backcountry camping permit. There is no longer a need to stop at a backcountry permit office to obtain your permit.
  • During your trip a Park Warden, or other staff, may ask to see a printed or digital copy of your confirmation as proof of your eligibility to backcountry camp in Algonquin Park.
  • No permit is required on your vehicle dashboard when backcountry camping.

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