The library lends passes to local conservation areas, as well as popular museums in Ottawa. These passes may be borrowed for one week and can be reserved in the library catalogue.
Ontario Parks provides us with annual passes that are available for loan year-round, and are valid at in any park province-wide for day use access. Please note that passes labelled 2021 will be accepted in Ontario Parks through December 31, 2022. Borrow either a customized backpack or a park permit on its own. Backpacks include a pass along with resource books to help you explore the plants, birds and animals you encounter on your adventures.
In response to the increased demand and popularity of Ontario Parks, visitors can secure their day use spot up to five days in advance of arrival in 17 provincial parks. Find out more in their blog article on advance daily vehicle permits.
Conservation Areas and Trails
Customized backpacks, offered in partnership with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, include a day pass to Gould Lake and Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Areas, along with binoculars and field guides to help you get the most out of your visit. The packs may be borrowed for one week.
In partnership with the Rideau Trail Association, we also loan backpacks to help you plan exciting adventures on the free hiking trails running through Kingston and the County of Frontenac. The customized backpacks contain laminated trail maps, helpful tips for a safe hike, and field guides to help identify the birds and animal tracks you discover along the way. Packs may be borrowed for one week.
Passes are available for museums in Ottawa. Some locations and exhibits may be closed. Please visit their websites for hours of operation and other pandemic precautions.