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Greater Sudbury Public Library offers free provincial park day passes

Passes can be signed out for a week at a time
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Greater Sudbury Public Libraries will be making available free day passes to Ontario provincial parks this summer.

Library members with a card in good standing are eligible to borrow one Ontario Parks pass for up to seven days. The pass provides free entry for one vehicle and all passengers to visit any provincial park for the day, including weekends.

“We anticipate high demand for Ontario Parks passes this summer,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “Fresh air and exercise are key ingredients to health. We urge residents to enjoy all that our nearby provincial parks have to offer, while respecting the need to avoid travel outside our region, to maintain physical distancing and other COVID protocols to keep everyone safe.” 

Greater Sudbury’s 13 library locations each have three passes that members can borrow first come, first served. Due to anticipated demand, holds and transfers between locations are not available. Residents must contact their nearest library location to request a pass and arrange for pickup.

“The Greater Sudbury Public Library is pleased to partner with Ontario Parks to make access to provincial parks more affordable for everyone,” said Greater Sudbury Public Library board chair Michael Bellmore. “Our staff has developed policies to make distribution as equitable as possible. Library cardholders are limited to one pass per year to provide opportunity for others. We hope our members enjoy this option for a unique staycation close to home.”

Ontario Parks are currently open for local and safe outdoor day use under COVID-19 safety protocols, including park capacity limits, requirements for physical distancing, face coverings, hand washing, and enhanced cleaning of shared public facilities.

The Greater Sudbury region includes Fairbank, Chutes, Halfway Lake, Killarney and Windy Lake provincial parks. Due to capacity limits, entry is not guaranteed.

Before visiting any provincial park, residents are encouraged to learn about hours of operation, updates on park capacity, procedures and COVID-19 protocols at www.ontarioparks.com.