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Basically, crown land is owned by the federal or provincial government. In Canada, 41 per cent of land is federal crown land and 48 per cent is provincial crown land.

Anyone camping on crown land needs to follow local rules regarding fishing, campfires and allowable recreational activities. As long as the land is not licensed for another purpose or designated for another use or anything like that, it is fair game. But, the trick is finding it.

For example, the provincial government in Ontario publishes a Crown Land Use Policy Atlas. Another good option is to search for conservation reserves or provincial parks that are non-operating. There are many resources online that can pinpoint specific areas.

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This page was last updated on 2022.06.25