Killbear

Biking

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hiking

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.

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.

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.