Summer hiking trips just got a little cheaper in Ontario's provincial parks this summer.

The province announced that it will be providing free weekday day-use permits for 115 parks from now until September 2 for all Ontarians.

Summer holidayers will also be able to book a daily vehicle permit for select parks up to five days in advance of going, which means no more rocking up to a park and not finding anywhere to leave the car.

Ontario Parks still recommends that people stay local when picking a park to visit in order to limit their travel and the potential spread of COVID-19.

Going to parks in Ontario

Outdoor amenities like parks, tennis courts and bike trails are all open again in Ontario, but the province is still some time away from entering step one of its reopening plan.

As it stands, Ontarians can meet outdoors with up to five people, but members from different households have to stay 2 metres apart from one another.

When Ontario enters the first stage of the reopening plan, that outdoor limit will grow to allow groups of up to 10 people to meet outdoors.