Sibbald Point Provincial Park

ALWAYS check Alerts and other information on the official website, as conditions and facility availability are subject to change.

Located on the Southern Shore of Lake Simcoe, this is a popular park and is only a 90-minute drive from downtown Toronto. Make sure you book the day-use permit in advance and remember there’s a 14-day maximum stay rule that is in effect for the high season. More about this is in the News section below.

News

Day Use Vehicle Permits: Because of this park’s popularity, permits will need to be purchased in advance to guarantee park access. This process was started in 2021 and will be kept for 2023.
If you’re smart, grab the permit before any visit, even mid-week. We found this out the hard way at our local Provincial Park.
You can buy the vehicle permit up to 5 days in advance, guaranteeing access to the park on that day. If you have an annual or season pass, you should still book your permit online, but there’s no extra charge.

New Camping Rules for 2023 (14-night max) – new for 2023 are revised rules about the maximum number of nights you can camp. In this park, if you are camping between July 1 and the Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend, you’ll be restricted to no more than 14-nights at this park. Outside of those dates, it’s still the old 23-night maximum. Ontario Parks promises this will be clear when booking.
Rules for backcountry camping and the roofed accommodation haven’t changed.

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Information

Phone #: (905) 722-8061
Main entrance coordinates: Latitude: 44.3217 Longitude: -79.3250
Address: 26071 York Rd 18 (Park Road) Sutton West L0E 1R0
Opening seasons: This park is open all year but with some facilities and activities limited to May 10 to October 15, 2024.

The main park gate is now closed for the season (2023). However, leaving your vehicle outside the park and accessing trails on foot may be possible. Confirming this with the park office would be worthwhile if you travel a long distance. You should know that there will be no open facilities and limited staffing.

Park Winter access: In 2020, we asked Ontario Parks about park access outside of the season when most parks are officially closed. The access situation, availability of parking, and other factors can be different for each par. Where we have specific knowledge or information, we will add it to the park’s information. If you are traveling a long way best to double-check with the park office. Contact information is listed above. Their reply was, “Parks that are closed for the season, and non-operational parks, are gated, and access is available by foot. Visitors are permitted to park outside the gates and walk in for day-use activities, such as hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Please note that all buildings and facilities will be closed, and there is no consistent staff presence to oversee actions in the park.”

Phones and Internet

Please let us know if you have experience of the phone or internet availability in this park

Travel, Directions and Distances

Nearby Parks & Conservation Areas

If the park is very busy, especially parks requiring a reserved day pass, you might want to consider a nearby park or conservation area.

Franklin Beach Conservation Area

Morning Glory Provincial Nature Reserve

Willow Beach Conservation Area

Activities

Dog Friendly

This is a dog-friendly park with a dog-friendly beach area. You can find more information about having dogs at Ontario Parks in our “Dog-Friendly Ontario Provincial Parks” post, which includes a list of parks with specific dog-use facilities.

Camping & Accommodation

Car Camping

If you’re looking for the perfect camping spot, look no further than Sibbald Point. This town offers 10 different campgrounds with both electrical and non-electrical sites available to rent!

Group Camping

The campground features six sites conveniently spaced about a 15-minute walk from one another. Vault toilets and water taps are readily available on-site for your convenience. Whether you’re unwinding at the beach or attending to your necessities, everything is within easy reach. After a day of outdoor exploration, you can head straight to the nearby beach area or facilities without any hassle.

Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Radio-Free Camping

The areas encompassing Sites #200-381, #402-440, #501-586, as well as the Group Camping Area, have been designated as zones where the use of audio devices is prohibited.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

Maidenhair Fern Trail 2.0 km, 1-1.5 hours, easy
The trail at Sibbald Point has something for everyone! Get ready to explore the many ecosystems that make up this unique landscape. Pick up your brochure from one of three locations and get started on an adventure you won’t want to end too soon.

The Cultural History of Sibbald Point Provincial Park 1.0 km, 1-2 hours, easy
This guided walk delves into the fascinating history of the Sibbald Family, inviting park visitors to explore their legacy through an interpretive guidebook. The journey includes visits to significant landmarks such as the Eildon Hall Museum (the Sibbald Family Estate Home dating back to circa 1836), a settler’s cabin, a stroll down “The Avenue,” and the historic St. George’s Anglican Church (established around 1877), along with its adjacent graveyard. Notably, this cemetery is the final resting place of renowned Canadian authors Stephen Butler Leacock and Mazo de la Roche.

Biking

One of the fantastic aspects of cycling on park roads is the convenient access it provides to your favorite parks. For a picturesque journey, consider exploring the scenic route along Hedge Road, nestled along the picturesque Lake Simcoe waterfront.

Paddling

Paddlers should be aware that the lake can get pretty wild, and it is recommended to stay close to shore.

Winter Activities

The park remains accessible throughout the year, with efforts made to keep the main parking area and park road clear during the winter months. While organized activities are not provided, visitors can engage in hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Although the trails at Sibbald Point Provincial Park are not groomed, individuals can obtain updates on snow conditions via the official website.

Ice fishing is a favored activity during the winter season; however, it’s crucial to verify the safety of ice conditions with local ice hut companies before venturing out onto the ice.

Weather Conditions – if you are looking for weather information or snow conditions, the following list should help you.
Canadian Snow Research
Dark Sky
Environment Canada – weather forecasts, hourly forecast, and weather radar map.
National Weather Service – US Government, but it does include Ontario.
Open Weather Map
Snow Forecast – more relevant for downhill skiing.
The Weather Network has lots of ads, but you get 7 and 14-day forecasts. Snow reports from downhill ski areas but remember they do make their own snow.
Windy.com
We’d love to hear from you if you have any other suggestions – please message us.

Birding

Sibbald Point serves as a crucial rest stop during the annual spring migration northward, as well as the corresponding southern migration in the fall. The area is frequently graced by sightings of wild turkeys and Pileated woodpeckers, adding to the natural allure of the region.

Maps & Resources

Parks Canada has a park overview map for Sibbald Point Provincial Park click here for more information.

Ontario Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: Most provincial Parks have excellent signage, maps, and marked trails. If you take up back-country adventures, then it’s not always clear. The Ontario Crown Land Use maps are an excellent resource. You might also want to join one or more of these groups on Facebook.
Crown Land Camping Group
Crown Land Camping Ontario
Ontario Parks and Crown Land
Ontario Crown Land Campers
Sharing Ontario Crown Land Camping Spots

Local Facilities

Barrier Free

All comfort stations are equipped with barrier-free washroom stalls, while the campground’s comfort stations offer barrier-free showers.

Boat Launch(es)

A boat launch and docks are available for temporary docking purposes.

Comfort Station(s)

There are a total of 12 comfort stations equipped with showers distributed across both the campgrounds and day use areas.

Day Use


Picnic spots dot the serene, grassy expanses of the park, including the main beach area. Many of these areas are conveniently situated near flush toilets and drinking water taps for added comfort and convenience.

To secure your spot for day use at this park, you can obtain your daily vehicle permit up to five days in advance, ensuring you have access to the facilities and amenities during your visit.

Visit the Ontario Parks day use page to learn more.

Flush Toilets

All comfort stations are equipped with flush toilets.

Park Store

The Park Store offers a variety of goods including groceries, fast food, ice cream, souvenirs, and camping supplies. Its operating season runs from May through September.

Picnic Shelters

The day use area at Ouimet Canyon provides group picnic shelters capable of accommodating 50–75 individuals, ensuring ample space for gatherings. Importantly, these shelters maintain a tranquil atmosphere by being designated as audio device-free zones. Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Rentals

You can obtain Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) from the Registration Office. By providing a refundable deposit, you can borrow a PFD that is properly fitted for your use.

Visitor Centre

Eildon Hall Museum, formerly the residence of the Sibbald family, showcases a collection of 19th-century artifacts and furniture. The museum welcomes visitors during the months of July and August. Adjacent to the museum, at the northwest corner of the park, stands St. George’s Anglican Church. Constructed in 1877, its graveyard serves as the burial site for renowned Canadian authors Stephen Butler Leacock and Mazo de la Roche.

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