Crown Land And Camping

For the purposes of camping on Crown land, a "Resident" is:

a) Someone who is a citizen of Canada

b) Someone who has lived in Canada for SEVEN of the previous 12 months.

In Ontario, travel on Crown lands and waters for the purpose of recreation is usually free and unrestricted.Travel may be restricted due to Forest Fire hazard, access roads that are officially closed or areas posted with signs to prohibit travel for various reasons.

For Residents of Canada, camping is allowed on Crown Land for up to 21 days at any one site during the year unless posted otherwise. You may camp at another site (at least 100 metres from the first location) for an additional 21 days.

Those who are not residents of Canada and who are 18 years of age or older require a Crown Land Camping Permit to camp on Crown lands north of the French and Mattawa Rivers. Exceptions to this rule are as follows:

1. Non-Residents do not need a Crown Land Camping Permit if they are using a camping unit rented from someone doing business in Ontario. A camping unit is defined as equipment used for the purpose of outdoor accommodation and includes a tent, trailer, tent-trailer, recreational vehicle, camper and any watercraft equipped for overnight accommodation.

2. Non-Residents do not need a Crown Land Camping Permit if they are staying at a commercial establishment such as a hotel, resort, campground or on private land such as with friends.

3. Non-Residents do not need a Crown Land Camping Permit if they are staying in an operating Provincial Park, but those staying in a non-operating park are not.

4. Non-Residents do not need a Crown Land Camping Permit if they own real property in Ontario, as are their immediate families (spouse and children).

5. Non-Residents do not need a Crown Land Camping Permit if they are accommodated in their boat that is anchored in a water body. If the boat is tied to the shore or beached, they DO require a camping permit.

6. Some non-profit organizations may be eligible for exemptions. Please contact the nearest District Office for details. Crown Land Camping Permits can be obtained at most Issuers of Hunting and Angling Licences. You will require a permit for each person over the age of 18, for each night of your stay. The cost is $10 per person, per night.

Fishing Limits And Camping On Crown Land

For the purposes of fishing, a "Resident" is someone whose primary address is in Canada AND who has lived in Canada for 6 continuous months during the previous year. Please note that all Non-Residents of Canada who are camping on Crown Land, whether or not they have purchased Crown Land Camping Permits, are restricted to a conservation limit of fish and should only purchase one of the Conservation Limit Licences.

NOTE: Thunder Bay District Office does not sell licences or Crown Land Camping Permits. We will refer people to outside issuers around the district that do sell them. Other MNR Offices do sell a variety of products.

Contact your local MNR office or licence issuer for permits.