Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Sibbald Point Provincial Park
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Valleyboy101
Trenton, Canada113 contributions
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
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
2 contributions
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
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, Canada150 contributions
Sep. 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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CdnGoldy
Kitchener, Canada922 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Family
This park has a beautiful large beach with a sandy bottom, on Lake Simcoe. The campsite was quiet and well shaded for our very hot, but pleasant week. Staff are extraordinary from cleaning to wardens and park store.

The campground seemed full even though there was always space at the playgrounds, room to socially distance at the beach, and space in the clean washrooms.
Written August 21, 2021
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Dan A
Brights Grove, Canada2 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Family
Unfortunately this park is showing its age, it is old and run down. Broken faucets, broken stall doors, etc. There was also NO enforcement of park rules. Noise from other campers until 2 am, kids yelling, drunk people fighting, dogs barking, did not see a Park Warden once during our stay - 10 years ago I would see a Warden 2-3x a night. Roads and trails to bathroom facilities not maintained, huge potholes, etc. Very disappointed in my stay here. The area is nice, campsites have shade, but it isn't maintained very well. I have stayed at many provincial parks and was very satisfied, but not here at Sibbald.
Written August 2, 2021
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Nathan
1 contribution
Jul. 2021
When we arrived at our site it was a complete zoo with mud everywhere not even a place to set up the tent. When asked to change locations they denied. So we asked for a refund which they only gave us half money back. There are tractors with dust all day long. complete bs would not recommend.
Written July 23, 2021
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Gary B
Caledonia, Canada102 contributions
Jul. 2021
We are on day five and thankfully leaving tomorrow. The poor reviews on here about partying and filthy conditions are not exaggerating. In the last four nights there were loud parties with large groups (last nights was more than 30 people), yelling, swearing The earlier party shut down at 2:30 am, the longest one until 4:00 am! These same morons turn the washrooms into complete pig pens. The beach which could be welcoming is overwhelmed by huge, discourteous crowds as well. Washrooms also, filthy. If you are wanting to have a nice relaxing vacation, this is not the place to go. The shame really is that the beach is beautiful, the camp sites themselves are very nice and there is lots to do in the area. But the inconsiderate boors and filthy pigs that inhabit this park have convinced us that we will never return, which is a shame.
Written July 20, 2021
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MadMcNeil
Brantford, Canada4 contributions
Jul. 2021
This place is a zoo and not one that experienced campers should go to. People have no concept of obeying park rules and do not consider others. The campground itself is nice but the noisy people ruin it. One typical group were up at 6:30am playing with their kids (yelling of course) and making smoothies in a blender outside. Will never camp there again. If you are a party animal and love to carouse at all hours then this is the place for you. Camping in September at be ok.
Written July 19, 2021
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