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Camping Permit Terms and Conditions

Properties owned and operated by the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority are regulated under the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.27, ONTARIO REGULATION 688/21 RULES OF CONDUCT IN CONSERVATION AREAS. The terms and conditions below are deemed as notice of the permitted or prohibited activities in accordance with the Trespass to Property Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER T.21. Other federal, provincial and municipal laws may apply.


  • Camping Permits are not transferable.
  • Person named as the Camping Permit holder must occupy the campsite designated in the permit.
  • Check-in time is 2:00pm of the scheduled arrival date, as designated on the permit. Check-out time is 12:00 p.m. noon of the scheduled departure date, as designated on the permit.
  • The permit holder shall, no later than the check-out time on the departure day set out in the permit, vacate the campsite and remove all shelter equipment and other personal property from the campsite.
  • A maximum of six people or a greater number of persons if they are a single family of one or more parents and their children, to occupy a campsite, unless a designated group campsite.
    A maximum of up to three pieces of shelter equipment plus one dining shelter and a tarp is permitted on a campsite. A maximum of one piece of shelter equipment can be a tent trailer, house trailer, motor home, or self propelled camping unit.
  • A Camping Permit allows for one motor vehicle or no more than two motorcycles to park at the campsite designated in the permit.
  • One additional motor vehicle is permitted overnight at a campsite with the purchase of an Additional Vehicle Permit.
  • Any Additional Vehicle Permits issued beyond the two allowed on a campsite, must be parked in a parking area designated by the Campground Supervisor.
  • Campsites must remain in a clean and sanitary condition at all times.
  • Please return the campsite to its natural condition before you check-out.
  • Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is restricted to your campsite. Please drink responsibly.
  • Campfires are only permitted from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. midnight unless being used for warmth or cooking food.
  • Campfires are only allowed in the fireplace provided at the campsite.
  • Campfires must not be left unattended.
  • Please ensure that the campfire has been completely extinguished before leaving the campsite.
  • Starting or maintaining a fire in a conservation area is not permitted if the authority has posted a notice indicating that there is a fire hazard in the conservation area.
  • Campfires are subject to further restrictions or prohibitions as required by local burning bylaws.
  • The removal or cutting of living or dead trees for any purpose including foraging for deadfall is not permitted.
  • All garbage, recyclable materials, and grey water or sewage must be deposited at designated disposal areas.
  • Use of sound systems, media devices, and other loud equipment is not permitted after 10:00 p.m.
  • Quiet time is in effect from 12:00 a.m. midnight until 8:00 a.m. No excessive noise is permitted at any time.
  • Campground visitors must leave the campground by 10:00 p.m.
  • Campground visitors must park their vehicle in a designated parking area.
  • Domestic animals other than a dog or cat are not permitted in the campground.
  • No person who owns or controls a domestic animal shall, in a campground, permit the animal to,

(a) make excessive noise or disturb other persons;
(b) enter water designated for wading, bathing or swimming or be on the beach adjacent to that water;
(c) enter any waters adjacent to camp-sites where campers would obtain water for cooking or consumption;
(d) be at large;
(e) damage conservation area property or vegetation;
(f) chase or harass wild animals or birds; or
(g) injure, or attempt to injure, a person or other domestic animal.

  • Clauses (b), (c) and (d) from the previous section do not apply to a person who is a holder of a National Identity Card issued by the Canadian Institute for the Blind or equivalent proof of legal blindness or to any other person with a disability as defined in section 2 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
  • A maximum of two domestic animals (regardless of size) are permitted on a campsite.
  • Animals are not permitted to enter washroom or gatehouse buildings, in the caves, any other place as posted or designated by the Campground Supervisor.
  • No person shall ride or lead a horse, pony or similar animal in a conservation area.
  • The person in control of a domestic animal shall immediately dispose of excrement from the animal in such manner and at such location that it will not cause a health hazard or public inconvenience. Please clean up after your pets.
  • Motor vehicles must not exceed 20 km/h or the speed posted by an authority as the permitted maximum, whichever is higher.
  • No person shall, in the campground,

(a) deface, remove or damage any property;
(b) cut, remove, injure or destroy any plants, trees, shrubs, flowers or other growing thing;
(c) remove or destroy any soil or rock;
(d) use discriminatory, harassing, abusive, insulting or threatening language or gestures, make excessive noise or disturb other persons.;
(e) kill, trap, pursue or disturb a wild bird, reptile or animal;
(f) possess or ignite fireworks;
(g) possess, shoot, discharge or use a spring gun, air gun, firearm, slingshot or any archery equipment;
(h) conduct public events, public performances, public meetings, or bring equipment for public entertainment;
(i) operate a motor vehicle or ride a bicycle, except on a roadway or other place designated by an authority.
(j) operate an all-terrain vehicle, an off-road vehicle or a motorized snow vehicle.


  • Organized Groups AND Other Groups:
    • An Organized Group Camping Permit authorizes the members of a religious, charitable, educational or other philanthropic or similar properly constituted organization, to occupy the group campsite designated in the permit.
    • All Camping Permit Terms and Conditions indicated above are applicable to an Organized Group and Other Group Camping Permit with exception of the following:
      • Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited for Organized Groups.
      • Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages for Other Groups is restricted to your campsite. Please drink responsibly.

The permit holder agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the owners/operators of the campground, their officers or employees, from any and all liability for any property damage, personal injury, or other loss arising out of the use of its facilities. The permit holder agrees to abide by the above Camping Permit Terms and Conditions or otherwise governing use of the property. The Permit holder is responsible for the conduct of all persons using their site.

Otonabee Conservation reserves the right to revoke permits, prohibit entrance or evict anyone contravening any terms stated above or whom Otonabee Conservation deems to be detrimental to the area or a threat to the safety of visitors. Otonabee Conservation staff are authorized to enforce the applicable regulations. No obligation of refunds.

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