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What you'll like:

  • Kilometres of rugged, rocky shoreline mixed with numerous sand beaches
  • Beautiful views of windswept pines on rocky islands
  • 6 km recreational trail for hiking and biking
  • Visitor Centre
  • Excellent sailing and windsurfing conditions
  • Georgian Bay sunsets
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 881
  • Electrical Campsites - 252
  • Group Campsites - 3
  • Lodges - 1

Camping

Killbear has seven different campgrounds. Most campsites are less than a five minute walk from the shoreline. Premium sites offer great views of Georgian Bay. Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment. Comfort stations with laundry facilities are located in all campgrounds except for Granite Saddle. Electrical sites are available in Kilcoursie, Beaver Dams and Harold Point campgrounds.


 

Car Camping

Killbear offers car camping at all seven campgrounds with most campsites being less than a five minute walk from the shoreline. Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment. Electrical sites are available in Kilcoursie, Beaver Dams and Harold Point Campgrounds.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Radio-free campgrounds include Granite Saddle, Harold Point, Lighthouse Point and Georgian.

 

Group Camping

Three group campsites can accommodate 30 to 40 people each - tents only. Water taps and vault toilets are nearby. All three sites are a short walk to the shoreline.

Call the park directly on May 5th, 2014 to reserve. (705) 342-5492

(If May 5th falls on a weekend, phone on the first Monday of the month)

 

Lodges

Available from mid September to end of April, the Killbear Lodge is the perfect place to host a meeting or retreat.  The lodge sleeps up to 36 people in 16 double occupancy rooms and 4 single rooms; all with single beds.  There are separate male and female washrooms with showers
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The common areas of the lodge feature a fully equipped kitchen - including fridges, stove, dishes, pots & pans, coffee maker, and microwave, a large, bright TV room with DVD player, satellite, and propane fireplace and a quiet room.  The building is completely wheelchair accessible.

A gas barbecue and small fire pit with a grill are available, four bags of firewood and one bag of kindling are supplied with rental.
Visitors should bring their own bedding, food and other personal items.

The cost to rent this facility is $39.75 per person per night HST included.  A $200 reservation deposit will be taken at the time of booking and a $500 damage deposit will be taken at time of arrival.

Please contact the park directly to reserve at 705-342-5492 x2221. Further conditions of occupancy will be discussed and arrangements for a signed rental agreement will be made.

Highlights of Things to Do

Killbear is a water lovers’ paradise set in the heart of the 30,000 islands. Swimming, sunbathing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, boating and beach volleyball are all popular activities. You can spend hours strolling along the sandy beaches or take a hike on one of the four hiking trails. A Killbear tradition is to watch the sunset over Georgian Bay from one of the many rocky points.

Black Bears are fairly common in the park and you’ll be sure to see White-tailed Deer during your stay. Natural Heritage Education Programs entertain and educate visitors about the parks’ history, geology, animals and plants. Come to the Visitor Centre to find out more about our resident reptiles, including the Massasauga Rattlesnake!


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

Twin Points Trail 1.6 km loop (40 minutes) easy.
The trail crosses over rock outcrops and through different types of forest until it makes its way to the rocky points and sandy beaches of the shoreline. A trail guide interprets the geological features found along the way.

Lookout Point Trail 3.5 km loop (1.5 hours) moderate
This trail winds through a variety of forest types and rock outcrops and provides a breathtaking view of Georgian Bay at the midway point. A trail guide explains the ecology of the area.

Lighthouse Point Trail 800 m loop (25 minutes) easy to moderate
This short trail takes you to the tip of Killbear Point and offers superb views of Georgian Bay and interesting rockscapes.

Recreational Trail – 6 km linear (3 hours) easy to moderate
The recreational trail runs parallel to the main park road from the park entrance to Lighthouse Point. The trail winds through hemlock groves, hardwood forest and rock outcrops and is ideal for hiking, jogging, cycling or nature watching.

 
Canoeing

Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities. The park has over 12 km of rugged shoreline and three islands to explore. There are dozens of other islands within a short paddle of the park. Paddlers must be aware of wind and wave conditions on Georgian Bay and be aware that the weather can change quickly.

 
Swimming

Each campground has its own designated beach plus there is a beach at the Day- Use area. In addition there are kilometers of adjacent shoreline, some rocky and some sandy, that are suitable for swimming. Kilcoursie, Beaver Dams and the Day-Use Beach share a 2 km horseshoe shaped beach. Beaches at Georgian, Harold Point, Granite Saddle, Lighthouse Point and Blind Bay Campgrounds are all on smaller beaches flanked by rocky headlands.

 
Boating

Located in the heart of the 30,000 islands, Killbear is an ideal location to explore beautiful Georgian Bay. Sailing, cruising, trolling, and waterskiing are all possible.

 
Fishing

Fish for Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, pike, perch and walleye. Parry Sound is best known for a productive Lake Trout fishery in the waters of the Big Sound (on the eastern side of the Killbear peninsula). Please note: the waters of Kilcoursie Bay (on the western side of the peninsula) are a Lake Trout sanctuary and are closed to Lake Trout fishing year round.

 
Biking

A 6 km Recreational Trail runs the length of the park and is a very popular way to experience the park.

 
Natural Heritage Education

Interpretive programs are held daily during the summer months and focus on the natural and human history of the area. Programs include Children’s Programs, Guided Hikes, Evening Programs at the amphitheatre, plus special musical concerts by groups such as the Wakami Wailers.

A limited number of programs are offered in the spring and fall. Programs are available for schools groups and special interest groups.

 
Birding

Woodpeckers, warblers, wood thrushes, herons, hawks and hummingbirds all make up part of Killbear’s birdlife. The best places to birdwatch are the hiking trails. Bald Eagles show up in late September and are regularly seen until the Bay freezes over in January. Bird checklists are available at the Visitor Centre.

 
Other

Windsurfing and Sailing
On most afternoons during the summer there are consistent onshore breezes which make Killbear an excellent location for windsurfing and sailing. Winds are best at Granite Saddle and Harold Point Campgrounds. Kilcoursie and Beaver Dams Campgrounds are more protected from the prevailing breeze.

Amenities

Enjoy modern camping facilities on Georgian Bay. Six of our seven campgrounds offer comfort stations that include showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets. Granite Saddle is the only campground without a comfort station.

The Visitor Centre is a hub of activity with interactive exhibits and Park Naturalists on duty to help you understand more about the park. The Nature Shoppe sells souvenirs and guide books and is operated by the Friends of Killbear, a volunteer organization that supports the park’s education, research, protection and recreation activities.

Killbear offers a beautiful dog beach and pet exercise area for you and your pets to enjoy.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Comfort stations (complete with showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities) are located in Kilcoursie, Beaver Dams, Georgian, Harold Point, Lighthouse Point and Blind Bay Campgrounds. The only campground without a comfort station is Granite Saddle.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are found in various locations throughout the campgrounds as well as at the Day-Use area.

 
Barrier Free Access

All comfort stations are barrier-free. There are eight designated wheelchair accessible campsites (#’s 51, 94, 228, 282, 434, 436, 594, 1178).

 
Day Use Area

The Day-Use area has a sandy beach with a designated swimming area. There are shady areas with picnic tables, hibachis, water taps and flush toilets nearby.

 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are available at the comfort stations in every campground except for Granite Saddle.

 
Boat Launch

There are boat launches in Blind Bay and Lighthouse Point Campgrounds. Due to low water levels they are limited to smaller boats (< 20 feet).

 
Park Store

The Nature Shoppe is operated by the Friends of Killbear Park and is located in the Visitor Centre. It features clothing, souvenirs, nature books and artwork.

Ice and groceries are available outside the park at local stores or in Parry Sound (35 km from the park)

 
Picnic Shelter

There is one picnic shelter located at the Day-Use area. It can be rented for exclusive use (phone 705 342 5492 to reserve), but it is normally available on a first-come first- served basis.

 
Visitor Centre

The new Visitor Centre has 1,000 square metres of exhibit space with interactive exhibits about the park and the surrounding area. Popular attractions include the live Massasauga Rattlesnake and Eastern Foxsnake. Snake talks are held daily during the summer. Located on a stretch of rocky shoreline, the Visitor Centre has stunning views of Georgian Bay.

 
Pet Exercise Area

There is a dog beach located near the Group Camping area which is the only location in the park where your pets are allowed off leash.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

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