Algonquin Park is a canoe tripper's paradise with over 1500 kilometres of canoe routes to explore. Before heading on your canoe trip, you'll need to purchase an Algonquin Park Backcountry Camping Permit.

Parking permits are not required at Access Point #1 and day use of Kawawaymog Lake is free. Backcountry camping permits are always required in Algonquin Park.

For more information on park permits, please visit the Friends of Algonquin Park.

Algonquin Park Access Points Map

Camping Permits

Everyone camping in the interior of the Park must have an interior camping permit. Permits are available from Access Point #1 at the Ontario Parks office across from Voyageur Quest Outfitting. Please note that long weekends and some days in August can be busy with all backcountry permits booked out.

2019 Rates:

  • $12.43 / adult per night – 18 years of age and over
  • $5.65 / youth per night – 6 to 17 years of age
  • FREE / child per night – under 6 years of age

Maximum of 9 people per backcountry campsite.

For additional Park Information, contact: 1-705-633-5572

Permit Reservations:

Algonquin Park can be busy during the summer months and any long weekends. Permit reservations are strongly recommended at all times. Backcountry permits may be reserved online or by phone up to 5 months in advance from the departure date. Ontario Parks will require payment of $11.00 for online reservations or $13.00 for phone reservations plus a $50.00 deposit that will be applied toward the cost of your permit. It is possible to purchase a permit the day of your departure without any prior reservations, however you should be prepared to make changes to your route depending on availability.

Prior to making your reservation, you will need to know:

1) Which access point you are starting your trip from. Voyageur Quest is located at Algonquin Park's Access Point #1. There are 29 access points in the park.

2) Where you plan on camping each night

3) How many people are in your party (this can be amended on your departure day)

4) Permit holder's Address and telephone

5) If you are driving – they will ask for your licence #

6) Credit Card number to pay for the permit and reservation fee


Backcountry permits may now be reserved online via Ontario Park's website. Click here to book now.

By Phone:

To reserve permits by phone call the Ontario Parks Reservation Service at 1-888-668-7275 (7 am- 9 pm, 7 days a week)

Outside North America call: +1 (519) 826-5290

Last Minute Planning, Cancelations and Terms:

  • Reservations cannot be made up to 72 hours before your desired departure date. You can however simply show up and purchase park permits on your arrival day from the Park office at select access points.
  • Permits must be picked up prior to 6 pm on day of arrival, or will be cancelled as no-show.
  • Reservations cannot be changed or canceled up to 4 months ahead of your arrival. An administration fee of $10.50 will apply if your reservation is changed through the call centre and $8.50 if it is changed online.
  • Changes and cancellations fees are charged based on length of stay ranging from 10-50% of the deposit. Please see under Reservation Rules & Policies for full explanation of fees charged by Ontario Parks