Parking lot full of cars

How to plan your trip to Sibbald Point

Located on Lake Simcoe, Sibbald Point Provincial Park is a great spot for day-use. The park has a sandy beach and shallow water perfect for kids.

But during the hot summer months, the park can get extremely busy.

At peak times, visitors might wait over two hours to make it inside the gate. Many weekends, Sibbald Point hits capacity and can’t welcome any more visitors until later in the day.

We really hate to turn away visitors, especially knowing many have driven several hours to get here.

Planning a trip to Sibbald Point? Check out our top tips for a fun and frustration-free visit:

  1. How busy is the park right now?
  2. When is the best/worst time to visit?
  3. How long is the wait on busy days, like summer weekends?
  4. I made a camping reservation? Do I wait in the same line?
  5. The park’s already full / the line’s too long…now what?
  6. Where can I get lunch?
  7. What are the park hours?
  8. How much does it cost to get in?
  9. Can I stay overnight?
  10. Where can I park?
  11. What kind of accessibility does the park provide?
  12. Can I rent a canoe or other watercraft?
  13. Can I rent a picnic shelter?
  14. Can I bring my dog?
  15. What should / shouldn’t I pack?
  16. Is your beach safe to swim in?
  17. Does Sibbald Point have ticks or poison ivy?
  18. What else should I know?

1. How busy is the park right now?

Please visit our Alerts page for updates on park and beach conditions.

On busy days and weekends, park staff post updates on Twitter.

2. When is the best/worst time to visit?

One of the best times to visit Sibbald Point is during the fall season. Beat the crowds by visiting after Labour Day.

View from point on the lake

If you’re set on a midsummer trip, visit on weekday, especially Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Summertime weekend or bust? Arrive before 10:00 am to avoid long line-ups.

The worst time to arrive is after 11:00 am on summer weekends. When the parking lots fill and the beach gets jammed, the park closes its gates for safety reasons. This typically happens by noon in July and August, and during the long weekend in September.

3. How long is the wait on busy days, like summer weekends?

On busy days, wait times range from 45 minutes to over two hours.

If the park is already full, you will be turned away and asked to try another day.

4. I made a camping reservation? Do I wait in the same line?

If you’re already checked in to your campsite, you’ll need to wait in line. We recommend using the cash lane for quicker access.

If you’re just arriving, please take the first right into the parking lot to check in.

Please note that on busy days, all roads going into the park can be backed up for hours, so campers arriving at peak times may still face long waits to access these bypass options.

5. I made it in the gate, but the main beach is jam-packed. What else can I do? 

Take a hike. Sibbald Point’s hiking trails take our visitors through variety of ecosystems and the rich history of the Sibbald family.

Go fishing. Lake Simcoe is a great fishing spot with plenty of fish to catch like  lake trout, whitefish, pike, yellow pickerel, and jumbo perch.

6. Where can I get lunch? 

Grab lunch at the park store on the main beach. We offer a variety of food options such as wraps, fries, and ice cream.

Family having a picnic

We’re also a great spot for a picnic. Don’t forget to pack your food in reusable containers and dispose of any trash responsibly!

7. What are the park hours?

During the summer, Sibbald Point is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

8. How much does it cost to get in?

Day use is $21.00 per vehicle or $125.00 for buses.

9. Can I stay overnight?

Yes, but Sibbald Point is an extremely popular summer camping destination and fills up very quickly.

kids in a Coleman tent

Book early or plan a trip either midweek or in the shoulder season.

10. Where can I park?

Our beach area has parking.

Parking lot full of cars

When it’s busy, we recommend snagging the first spot you can find.

11. What kind of accessibility does the park provide?

Our beach parking offers accessible parking for those with accessible parking passes, and our washrooms are all accessible.

12. Can I rent a canoe or other watercraft?

Sorry, rentals are not available at Sibbald Point this season.

Lifejackets and PFDs are not available at this time. Please bring your own this season.

13. Can I rent a picnic shelter?

Sorry, picnic shelters are not available this season for rent. They are available on a first come first serve basis.

14. Can I bring my dog?

For sure! Just keep Fido on a leash (no longer then 2 m).

Dogs aren’t allowed in the main beach areas, but we have two special sections for pups: near the Lake Simcoe Fisheries Assessment Unit and a small section on the main beach.

15. What should/shouldn’t I pack?

What you should definitely pack: hand sanitizer, face coverings (masks), sunscreen, hat, water, snacks, swimwear, lifejackets, change of clothes, towels, bug spray.

What you shouldn’t pack: alcohol (only permitted on your campsite, not on the beach), firewood (no campfires on beach), drones.

We don’t recommend bringing: large pieces of beach equipment (volleyball nets, oversized umbrellas or sun shelters, tents), multiple vehicles, radios.

16. Is your beach safe to swim in?

The water quality is tested every week.

Any advisories will be posted on the Ontario Parks Alerts page.

17. Does Sibbald Point have ticks or poison ivy?

Ticks are common throughout Ontario, including at Sibbald Point. To protect yourself from Lyme Disease, follow these safety tips.

We remove poison ivy from campsites and designated park trails, but it’s still prevalent in the park. Avoid it by staying on trails and keeping a close eye on kids.

18. What else should I know before visiting Sibbald Point?

Before visiting Sibbald Point please take some time to educate yourself about one of biggest issues: garbage.

Load of garbage with staff

Here’s how you can help.