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This Ontario Park Is So Ridiculously Busy They've Had To Ask People To Stay Away

People are being turned away as early as 9:45 a.m. on the weekend.

Photo of Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

It seems that too many people are heading to Mono Cliffs Provincial Park for a weekend hike. The park issued an advisory to warn visitors about the increase in visitation and limited capacity.

"Due to limited capacity and limited parking, visitors should plan accordingly and make alternate arrangements in the event that the parking lot is full," it said.

This past weekend, the park reached 100% capacity on both Saturday and Sunday morning. "No further entry will be permitted cars are being turned away. No walk-ins are permitted. Please find alternative arrangements," the park tweeted at 9:45 a.m. on May 30.

Regions around Ontario that are popular during the summer months are introducing their own initiatives to curb crowding at their parks and beaches. Prince Edward County is implementing new $10 weekend fees for out-of-town visitors only, and increasing the fines for illegal parking and camping from $35 to $400.

Planning your next hike is about to get easier

Hikers will soon be able to get a permit to secure their spot at their provincial park of choice. Starting on Monday, June 7, visitors can get a daily car permit in advance for 17 provincial parks to avoid long lines during peak visiting days and hours. Some of the parks include Algonquin, Arrowhead, Mono Cliffs and Sandbanks.

Anyone who wants to get their hands on a daily vehicle permit early will be able to do so five days before.