Sibbald Point Provincial Park


Location: Sutton West, Ontario
Region: Central
Character: Recreation
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Length/Size: 556 acres

Sibbald Point Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

For 130 years before this area became a park, it was home of the Sibbald family. Tour Eildon Hall, the 19th-century family manor, and visit St. George's Church, the family church, near the shore. This park also has sandy beaches, shady picnic areas, forested hiking trails and activities for children.

Camping
The park has 604 campsites, one of the largest number in the provincial park system. All sites have fireplaces and picnic tables and 284 have electrical outlets. Comfort stations with flush toilets and showers, water taps and vault toilets are scattered throughout the campgrounds. Sites 1-145, 501-586 and 901-965 are radio-free zones. All sites are within easy walking distance of the fine, sandy beach. An alcohol ban is in effect during the Victoria Day weekend and Labour Day weekend each year.

Group Camping - The campground has six group sites that accommodate 15-50 people. Water taps and vault toilets are available on site. Sites are a 15 minute walk to the beach and a five minute walk to the comfort station. The sites are available primarily for youth groups. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (905) 722-8061.

Picnics and Day Use
Picnic sites can be found in quiet, grassy spots throughout the park and at the main beach. Most are close to flush toilets and drinking water taps. Group picnic shelters in the day-use area accomodate 50-100 people and can be reserved for weekend use. Please call the park for reservations starting May 1, 2002.

Electric Sites - 192

Visitor Centre
Eildon Hall museum, once home to the Sibbald family, displays 19th-century artifacts and furniture and is open during July and August. St. George's Anglican Church, built in 1877, is located at the northwest corner of the park. Its graveyard is the final resting spot of famous Canadian authors Stephen Butler Leacock and Mazo De La Roche.

Barrier Free Access - Showers, flush toilets

Park Store
The Park Store sells groceries, fast food, ice cream, park souvenirs and camping supplies. It is open from May until September.

Showers - Yes
Flush Toilets - Yes
Laundromat - No, but there is a laundromat in nearby Sutton.

Play Area
The large play field next to the Park Store is ideal for baseball, football and soccer. There are two equipped playgrounds in the west campground, one in the east campground and one at the main beach.

Boat Launch
There is a boat launch and docks for temporary and overnight docking.

Rentals
Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available at the registration office and boat rental concession. For a refundable deposit, you can borrow a properly fitted PFD for you and your children.

Off Season - Gated

Hiking
Maidenhair Fern Trail 2.0 km (1-1.5 hours) easy
This self guided trail takes a close look at the variety of ecosystems at Sibbald Point. Pick up the trail brochure at the trail head, the registration office or park office.

The Cultural History of Sibbald Point Provincial Park Guide 1.0 km (1-2 hours)
This easy walk explores the rich cultural history of the Sibbald Family through an interpretive guide book. Park visitors will explore the Eildon Hall Museum (Sibbald Family Estate Home-ca.1836), the settlers cabin, a walk down "the avenue", St. George's Anglican Church (ca. 1877) and it's graveyard, the burial site of famous Canadian Authors Stephen Butler Leacock and Mazo de la Roche.

Fishing
Lake trout, bass, whitefish, pike, yellow pickerel and jumbo perch are abundant in Lake Simcoe.

Canoeing
Be aware of weather conditions and stay close to shore to view the bluff on the park's north shore.

Boating
Lake Simcoe is an ideal place for sailing and power boating. Campers and day visitors can use the boat launch and dock temporarily or overnight.

Swimming
The blue waters of Lake Simcoe and the sandy beaches of the park are ideal for family swimming and sunbathing. Comfort stations and change facilities are close to the beach.

For more information:
Sibbald Point Provincial Park
26465 York Road 18, R.R.#2
Sutton West, Ontario
L0E 1R0
905-722-8061




Sibbald Point
By David Richardson

Sibbald Point Provincial Park is a very popular area on the south shore of Lake Simcoe. It's close proimity to Toronto makes it a busy place for campers and day-users in the summer. It offers many outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. Reserving in advance is certainly recomended for this park. If you're looking for solitude this isn't the park for you but if you want some fun in the sun Sibbald Point is definately worth consideration.