Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
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12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Went with the family, two small children ages 3.5 and 1.5. It was perfect for us. There are two beaches that small children can wade in and two short hiking trails. The discovery trail would have been too much for us, but the ridge trail wasn’t too long so we could carry the kids. The sites are all pretty good. We were on site 158 which backed on to a steep drop so we just set some logs and rope up as a barrier that the kids were instructed not to go past. Lots of sites back right on to the lake so if you are travelling with young kids I highly recommend bringing rope to Jerry-rig a fence.

At the ranger station, they have all kinds of kits you can sign out for free for the kids. There’s a discovery kit (activity book, large bucket and net), a night sky kit (constellation map and headlamp), an art kit (pipe cleaner, beads, Pom poms and water colour paint set), and you can borrow fishing rods and tackle box. You can rent canoes, paddle boards and kayaks. The rental is $30 for 2 hours or $50 for 24 hours. We stayed 4 nights and did something a little different each day. Oh and the playground beside the day beach is perfect for little kids plus it overlooks the lake which is great for parents.

The comfort station was very clean. The vaulted toilets weren’t terrible either. Any time I used a bathroom there was always toilet paper, and either hand sanitizer or soap. So it was well maintained.

Now for the downside. The traffic from the highway really is quite noisy for some of the sites by the entrance. Noisier than you’d imagine. But those sites are closer to the nice comfort station so they were all booked out. The further you get from
The road, the further you are from the nice bathroom. So it’s a balance. We are from the city so we don’t mind the sound of the traffic. We don’t need to feel that we are somewhere “unspoiled” since we are with 2 kids and their needs are so straightforward. But if you are looking for a complete escape from any trace of the scourges of society, you might want to avoid.
Written August 30, 2023
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Melanie T
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Had planned on staying at park for 4 nights. Left after 1 because noise from traffic was so loud that I did not sleep. Campsites not private at all. The swimming area was small and lake was weedy. It looks like there might be some nicer sites away from traffic but they were all booked up. Avoid stretch of campsites next to highway 7.
Written August 21, 2023
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Michelnoangelo
Ottawa, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The park is well maintained and the staff are helpful. The nature trails are clearly marked and the five year old was "over-the-moon" when she got a badge for completing a nature walk. Swimming at the beach area was refreshing and my grandie likes fishes.
Written December 16, 2022
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juan a
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I have experienced absentee staff in their satellite park "SIlver Lake"..dont believe any claims of safety or they have a Park Wardens that patrol or report dog attacks:)
Dont expect any level of workplace safety response in my experience and opinion ..bleeding everywhere form an unleashed viscious dog that may have been rabid is not what I paid for..dont expect any mandatory Public health unreported to about it form them either..do it yourself
Written October 11, 2022
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StellaNM
Silver City, NM63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Lovely campground with many sites on the water or with water views.
Yes, there is traffic noise from the highway but the pros of this park outweigh the cons.
The staff is friendly and helpful, there are two beaches and canoe and kayak rentals, firewood for purchase and exceptionally clean showers and restroom.
Written September 6, 2022
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Jo-anne C
Haley Station, Ontario, Canada79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We camped here with our dogs and enjoyed the location and the amenities. We especially enjoyed the walking trails and dog beach.
If you're camping here, choose your site wisely if you're bothered by noise as some sites are closer to the highway and you can hear the traffic.
Written August 9, 2022
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KWB354
Sanger, CA37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Park is nice. We had a site across from the playground and near the Black Lake beach. Clean and well ordered, and the grandkids had a wonderful time. Only real complaint is that the entire park is very close to Highway 7, and traffic noise is noticeable at all times.
Written September 5, 2021
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bananabrianna
Consecon, Canada133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Worth the drive 10 minutes past Silver Lake PP to go here instead! Lots of sites with varying topography. Walk-in waterfront sites, electrical sites, tent sites. Kids park is great-beach very small but nicely groomed. Enjoyed our stay here
Written August 3, 2021
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Lori
Kirkland, Canada1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very disappointed with Sharbot lake. I had read the reviews and thought I was prepared for some road noise. The park rests between the lake and highway 7, and highway traffic is a constant with trucks, and motorcycles as the worst. Hiked the main trail 1.5 kms, biked the park, all very small. Recommend canoeing to the portage and continuing in Sharbot lake. Drove into Perth, 30 minutes away for dinner, at Fiddlehead’s, beautiful view from the patio of the park. Glad we visited Sharbot but definitely not a return visit for us.
Written July 25, 2021
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Chelsea M
Kitchener, Canada26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Sharbot Lake is a beautiful park if you're looking for a road trip destination. It is small - under 200 camp sites, most of which are not large in size. Some campsites overlook the lake, and you can hear loons all night long. However, you can also hear the traffic on Highway 7 (even on the far side of the park) as well as other campers - remember that sound travels on the water. I'm not sure what other reviewers are saying about the "sound police", though... we found park staff to be about on par compared to the other provincial parks I've been to as far as noise enforcement.

The gypsy moth caterpillars were in full force when we were there... it sounded like it was raining the entire time but it was really caterpillar faeces falling from the sky. If you're not into insects, maybe try and find a park that is less Oak-filled.

We rented a canoe for 2 hours @ $30; it takes an hour-ish to canoe the entire perimeter of the lake, which is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The beach, on the other hand, was disappointing in that it has a very small shoreline and feels crammed with people on a sunny day. If you're not a kid person, avoid altogether.

There are only 2 very small trails at this park. If you're looking for good hiking, I recommend taking a day trip to Frontenac, which is less than an hour away (be sure to swim off the rocks located just inside the entrance.... divine). *There is currently free entry into Ontario Parks for a daytime visit from Monday-Thursday*

There was nothing spectacular about Sharbot Lake, but it is a nice one to go to if you're someone who likes to explore Ontario's parks.
Written July 18, 2021
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