Grand River Parks began taking reservations March 1

CAMBRIDGE – With the 2019 camping season just around the corner the Grand River Parks camping reservation system opened for reservations online and over the phone on March 1.

The reservation system at provides 24-hour online reservation service until mid-October, when the camping season closes.

A call centre, available for those who want to reserve by phone, can be reached toll-free at 1-877-558-GRCA (4722).

The service is available from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Campsite bookings can be made for all eight Grand River Parks that offer camping. 

Longer wait times are anticipated at the call centre when it first opens.

Hillside Festival campers could book “regular” nightly campsites online starting Feb. 28. Reservations for these campsites are in high demand and are usually filled quickly.

Full-weekend “festival” site reservations were also available for early booking online, between 11am and 11:59pm on Feb. 28.

Any remaining full-weekend “festival” sites for Hillside can be booked online or by visiting the Guelph Lake gatehouse, as of May 1.

The early online booking day was for campsites at Guelph Lake Conservation Area for Hillside Festival from July 12 to 14.

This opportunity was created in response to requests from festival fans that represent the overwhelming majority of customers using the GRCA’s reservation system when it first opens.

The GRCA is the second largest campground operator in Ontario offering 2,200 campsites throughout the Grand River watershed.

Of the GRCA’s 11 conservation areas, eight offer nightly, monthly and seasonal camping opportunities.

Quick Facts

– GRCA online camping reservation website:

– Online hours of operations: 24 hours a day, March 1 through to mid-October (Feb. 28 online bookings for Hillside only).

– Reservation call centre: 1-877-558-4722 (GRCA).

– Reservation call centre hours:  Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm.