Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Sibbald Point Provincial Park
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Mamacita
Brampton, Canada102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We went in September and it was nice and quiet. If you like that sort of thing. We stayed in the Radio Free Zone. Everyone was respectful. The grounds were very clean.
Written September 13, 2023
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Julia A
Brantford, Canada433 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The park itself has a lot of potential. But almost everything needs to be taken care of. We were in a western part. I intentionally booked the campsite closer to washrooms and shower, but when we arrived it turned out that all shower cabins in our part of park are out of order. And they are not fixing it, just put the note on the door OUT OF ORDER. I think that's not fair to pay full price and not getting major amenities. The campsite itself was good, but previous ppl left some loose garbage. That's why the site looked messy, not neat. I liked the beach are, though there were several school busses with kids from camps there. It was a weekday, so it was not overcrowded.
Written August 18, 2023
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happycamper
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
I absolutely love this park! I come here with my family, its close to home, and the lake is warm and sandy. Now with that said, a stay this park isn't your typical camping trip, and that's part of how I've grown to love it. You can expect to see tons of happy families having a BBQ, groups of friends occupying the volleyball nets, people swimming and tanning on the beach. This park is all about having fun!

Your odds of seeing a moose or a bear at this park are probably close to none. But hey! not every provincial park is gonna be that way and it's totally fine. This is the place to go if you just wanna kick it back, have a couple drinks, and spend a weekend away with your friends and family. There's plenty of beauty and benefit in that as well.

Now for the amenities and campgrounds:
Campsites are large compared to most campsites I've stayed in! Most sites could comfortably house 3 tent structures. Plenty of room if you have a trailer. In my experience campers have obeyed the rules of the park.

Bathrooms are well maintained and resemble typical campground bathrooms, nothing extravagant.
The park has no outhouses! make do with that information as you please.. I never used the outhouses in the parks that had them and the absence of them really helps with the smell.

The park store is large and sells most camping essentials (unlike other parks) bug repellent, rope, sleeping bags, emergency blankets etc. Store also sells ice cream and park souvenirs.

2 boat launches, there's great fishing on the lake.

There's also a historical museum located within the day use area.

Overall, I think this park has tons to offer if you accept it for what it has. If you come into this park as a hater you simply won't enjoy your time and that's unfortunate. Try not to have that be the case. I'm sure you'll have fun.

Written June 5, 2023
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D S
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
I've been coming here for 12 years now. I had a lot of great memories here with my family but most of all with my dog. It was nice n close, it's a warm lake. BUT mostly because it has 2 areas for dogs to swim, for cooling n exercise. We would spend hours in the water.

I went the past 2 years with my new dog. A very nervous dog. Who loves other dogs and needs a lot of exercise. 1st year he wasn't fixed, took him to the area near the boat launch, which is less busy. A long walk to get to. He was so terrified of all the noise, from the boats.

2nd year, last year. He got fixed, I was super happy to finaly introduce the dog beach to the right, and see all the dogs. Which would be such a reward for him. And a cool down, from the heat. Well when we got there, what a huge disappointment... the dog area was rammed. There where only 2 dogs in the water, all the other dogs where tied up, under the picnic tables for shade cause it was so hot that day... the water was full of screaming kids and so many floaties. Then people had their chairs, tables, blankets, paddle boats etc. All lined up close to the water. Which made it impossible to walk a long the small water shore, or even get to the water. My dog once he dipped, but only because i pulled him in for 5sec. He was so nervous of all the screaming kids n their floaties he just pulled me so hard to get the heck out of there.
Written March 23, 2023
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Cottonelle
Ottawa, Canada332 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Campsites are a long way to the very crowded noisy beach. There is a beautiful dog beach but some dog owners insist on using the people beach! Our campsite was private but at night the park was too noisy. Someone was letting off fireworks one night and a live band played well past park quiet time on another night. Week days were better. The Weekend was not so great. I read the reviews before going and We should have heeded the warnings that other campers posted.
Written December 16, 2022
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Valleyboy101
Trenton, Canada115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We went to Sibbald Point PP for a four day camping trip to explore the Simcoe Lake area. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon to a long line up of day users and campers. We thought we’d have quite a long wait but we were checked in rather quickly and on our way. Our campsite was in the 700s which we discovered was a nice little area with good sized sites with decent privacy in what overall appeared to be a large and crowded campground. The campsite was sufficient in size, relatively private and traffic both foot and vehicle was light. That said, the site was laid out poorly with the electric post well over 50m away from the ideal spot for our camper and the fire pit was in an odd location. We made the best of it plugging into 15a power because our 30a cord wasn’t long enough. There is also only one sewer dump which was insufficient to properly serve such a large and busy campground so a wait was not uncommon.

There’s a good size beach at the park with one end allowing pets, which we really appreciated. It was quite busy and crowded when we arrived on Sunday but through the week it was great with lots of free space. The small museum located at the park wasn’t open when we visited but it’s located on a lovely well groomed lot. Just down the road from it there is a beautiful stone church with a peaceful and well situated cemetery right on the lake. Beautiful spot! We loved strolling the area and taking in the various views of the lake. There were even picnic tables on a rocky part of the beach close to the museum. There’s also a large boat launch area that was well used while we were there. You can fish off the dock but it was a busy spot so not sure how many fish would be about. The small town of Sutton is only minutes from the park and has all the amenities campers and day users would typically need or want.

Overall, we enjoyed the park and may return.
Written August 24, 2022
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wienerdawgz
Mississauga, Canada39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Went for a short camping trip (Sun to Wed) during mid-August.

In general, Sibbald Point is a pleasant and clean park for camping, but if you are going then manage your expectations (see below).

The staff were very pleasant and helpful. The beach itself was clean and quite large. Unfortunately there was a swimming warning due to bacteria levels, so we couldn't do more than wade in the water. We chose a campsite on the non-electrical, radio free part of the campground. The site was large and shady, well drained and relatively private. A large group down the road who clearly felt entitled, chose to flout the radio free rules and were blasting music. I, and another family, called the Park Warden; they came within 20 mins and shut the noise down. Not a peep after. We found the Comfort Stations to be clean and well maintained. There were two within a 5 minute walk from our site. The park store had a decent selection of items; there were some minor grievances....for instance they had hot dogs but no buns. Prices a little inflated (get your firewood in town at Home Hardware).

Now...for managing your expectations:

The park is 1.5 hours from the GTA. So yes, expect massive crowds on a weekend from the day trippers. Plan accordingly

Given the above, yes, you will get loud partiers at the campground. Again, plan accordingly and choose the radio free, electrical-free section of the campground. Our experience was that most groups (with the exception of the aforementioned ignorant) will abide by the rules.

Given that the park is relatively close to the GTA, you will hear noise from the nearby roads. If you are expecting a more natural setting, then plan accordingly and go further north to Arrowhead or Algonquin.

Take advantage of the seminars and tours etc. offered by the park staff.

Stock up on supplies, wood etc. before you set up camp, so that you don't have to go back into town.

When booking a campsite, make sure you understand the details of each site; they will tell you how private, shaded etc. each site is. If you plan well ahead, you will have a better chance of getting a site that matches your needs.

If you book early-mid week, then you will get fewer crowds. Mon-Wed we were literally the only group within earshot.

Overall, for what it is, Sibbald Point was a nice experience. It's pretty clean, the amenities are well maintained, and the staff are friendly. The campground offers many choices of sites, depending on what you are looking for.

Enjoy!
Written August 23, 2022
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Rima
Vaughan, Canada3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
1.Have a yearly pass, always took it but on Thursday was told by the park employee that do not need to show it since I booked on line, today left it at home but was charged again $21 !!!!! Complete Reap off.

2.Wanted to buy ice cream, was not allowed to the store with a service dog, no signs displayed !!

3. Parked in the area where everyone was parked, got a ticket $30!!! No signs “no parking “ anywhere to be seen !!!
Will go to court to fight it, took pictures!

Please Be careful!!! The staff is terrible ,

Are they being paid commission for overcharging people???
They all have to be fired !!!

They will not see me in this park anymore .
Written July 3, 2022
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Mel
Guelph, Canada3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Was pretty disappointed. Systems need to be changed. They have one line for both campers and day users. Which means you can’t leave the campground during the day unless you want to wait up to 2 hours in line to get back into the park… which I got stuck and waisted hours of my day trying to get back to my campsite.

It’s the same with checking in. Got there at 8pm and there was an hour wait in a line outside to check in.

Beach is PACKED. No spots.

Good size camp sites though.
Written June 26, 2022
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Mama23greatkids
Orangeville, Canada154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
We had such a great time at Sibbald. The camp site (254)was so large and within walking didstance to the comfort station and had a water tap right across the laneway and was walking distance to the beach. We were able to attend 2 programs, both lead by Laura, who the kids thought was great with her knowledge of birds and bugs, and we visited the museum, historical carriage walk and church. The beach was long and even though there were many people there we never felt cramped. It stayed quite shallow for distance because of the sandbars.
Written September 7, 2021
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