We were going on a 10-day canoe trip up in Ontario last summer but the trip had to be cancelled. We hope to go this year (if things get back to normal and we can even get a reservation) so the price hike is disconcerting. The single rate fee structure to “simplify” the reservation system might be a legitimate rational if payments, reservations, and field checks were still done on a stone tablet but this is 2021. I’d love to see a transcript of the discussion among Ontario Parks upper level managers when this idea was proposed. What was the real reason for the change?
Seems like a more realistic and fair approach would be a set base fee for each site to cover base operational and administrative costs and then charge on a person fee. For example; $15 to $20 base fee and $5 per person additional fee.
Seniors and youth/PWD would still pay the base fee but seniors would pay half the per person fee and youth/PWD would not have to pay the per person fee.