Killbear Provincial Park


Location: Nobel Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Natural Environment
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Length/Size: 4,339.2 acres

Killbear Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

This Georgian Bay peninsula is a water lover's paradise for swimming and sailing, fishing and boating. Camp by a sandy beach, on a rocky shore or under the trees. Hike to lookouts for views of Parry Sound, that lonely white pine on a windswept rock or one of Georgian Bay's spectacular sunsets.

Learn about the park's natural and cultural resources at the new Visitor Centre.

Visit the Friends of Killbear web site.

Camping
Seven campgrounds offer 881 campsites, 236 with electricity, all near the water. Each site has a picnic table and fireplace. Vault toilets and drinking water taps are convenient to all sites, and there are comfort stations with hot showers and flush toilets. Each campground has its own character, from the sandy, protective beaches of Kilcoursie and Beaver Dams to the pine and rocky settings of Harold Point, Granite Saddle and Georgian campgrounds.

Group Camping TENTS ONLY Water tap and vault privies are shared between the three sites No electrical hook up.
Campsite #1 accommodates up to 35 people
Campsite #2 accommodates up to 40 people
Campsite #3 accommodates up to 25 people
Each site has a fire pit and several picnic tables. The Group Camping area has its own beach and ample parking.
Reservations for group camping can be made as of May 1, 2012 at 8 am by calling the park directly at 705-342-5492. ONLY TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

FEES - please refer to the fees section of the site. Killbear is at Level C - Low for group camping.

Electric Sites - 236

Hiking
Lighthouse Trail 1 km (30 minutes) easy
This short trail wanders along the rocky shoreline of Lighthouse Point and offers fabulous views of the 30,000 Islands. Part way along the trail you pass a 1904 lighthouse that used to guide lake freighters and passenger ships into Parry Sound.

Lookout Point Trail 3.5 km (1.5 hours) easy
This trail passes through a variety of forest types on its way to a magnificent view of Georgian Bay. A trail guide gives an overview of life in the different forest communities.

Twin Points Trail 1.5 km (1 hour) easy
This trail crosses a typical Canadian Shield landscape of smooth, pink granite and windswept pines and features great views of Georgian Bay. A trail guide outlines the geological history of the area and how glaciers shaped the surrounding landscape.

Killbear has a new bike trail that runs parallel to the main park road from the park entrance to Lighthouse Point Campground, a distance of 6 kilometres. This trail will eventually serve as the anchor for a multi-use recreational trail that will run from Killbear Provincial Park to Algonquin Provincial Park and connect with the Trans Canada Trail Network.

Education
Park staff offer daily children's programs, guided hikes and evening programs at the amphitheatre. The Visitor Centre is open daily during the summer and naturalists are on hand to answer questions about the park. Interpretive themes include the ecology of Georgian Bay, Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes, logging history, early Great Lakes shipping and geology.

Fishing
Georgian Bay is an angler's paradise. The waters offer lake trout, walleye, white fish, perch, largemouth and smallmouth bass and northern pike. The waters of Big Sound, beginning at Whitchelo Point and fronting Killbear Park, are closed to year-round lake trout fishing.
More information on fishing.

Canoeing
Follow the dramatic shoreline in your canoe or kayak but be cautious. Georgian Bay winds can whip up fast.

Wildlife Viewing
Killbear is full of white-tailed deer, fishers, black bears, foxes, porcupines and an assortment of birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Boating
The protected waters of Kilcoursie Bay are great for paddling, waterskiing, power boating and sailing. Keep an eye out for swimmers and divers.

There is a designated boat mooring area in Kilcoursie Bay where boaters can anchor and stay. A valid permit allows those on board to use park facilities.

Swimming
Sandy beaches extend for three km along the Georgian Bay shoreline and offer some of the best swimming in the area. Scuba divers and snorkelers will find the deep, clear water off Harold Point ideal for their pursuits.

Biking
Killbear has a new bike trail that runs parallel to the main park road from the park entrance to Lighthouse Point Campground, a distance of 6 kilometres. This trail will eventually serve as the anchor for a multi-use recreational trail that will run from Killbear Provincial Park to Algonquin Provincial Park and connect with the Trans Canada Trail Network.

For more information:
Killbear Provincial Park
#35 Killbear Park Road
RR #1
Nobel, Ontario
P0G 1G0
705-342-5492