Sibbald Point Provincial Park is one of the busiest parks in the Ontario Parks system, receiving approximately 288,000 visitors in 2009. Sibbald Point receives a lot of visitors because it is only 90 kilometres from downtown Toronto. The park has lots of parking and picnic tables near the beach.
Environment: Sibbald Point is located along the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, just north of Toronto. Sibbald Point features a large sandy beach and picnic areas. The Sibbald family formerly owned the land where the park is situated. The Sibbald family sold off the land and it was subsequently established as a provincial park in 1957. The family home is named Eildon Hall and has been converted into a museum that is a major attraction in the park.
Beach: The beach and boating are the main draws to Sibbald Point, along with Eildon Hall. There are two designated swimming areas. There are many boats on Lake Simcoe, so be careful when swimming and supervise your children, as the beaches are not patrolled.
Camping: There are 604 campsites that are split between two campgrounds (West and East). Almost half (284) campsites have hydro available.
Power Boating and Sailing: Lake Simcoe is a big lake and boating and sailing are very popular in the summer. Boat launch facilities are provided at the park. Be careful when canoeing or kayaking because Lake Simcoe is a busy lake and Sibbald Point is situated in cottage country.
Fishing: Bass, pike, trout, bass, pickerel and pike can be found in the lake.
Shopping: There is a park store and restaurant that is located near the beach. There is plenty of shopping available nearby in Sutton and Keswick.
The Museum & St George’s Anglican Church: Eildon Hall was built in the 1840s and its theme is based on rural life Ontario in the mid 1800s. Adjacent to the park is St. George’s Anglican Church, which was built in 1877.
In Conclusion: The majority of visitors to Sibbald Point are day-trippers and Sibbald Point is a great park for day tripping. The park can get very busy and noisy in the summer, especially by the beach and this can be a deterrent for some campers. If you live near Sibbald Point, consider doing a day trip there first to see if you like the park for camping. Sibbald Point has plenty of campsites and you can usually get a site at this park on short notice.
My Park Rating: 3 out of 5