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. Many weekends, Sibbald Point hits capacity and can’t welcome any more visitors until later in the day.
This year, you need to book your day use permit in advance to guarantee entry.
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:
- Do I need a day-use reservation? How do I get one?
- How do I know if the park is already at capacity?
- When is the best/worst time to visit?
- I made a camping reservation? Do I wait in the same line?
- The park’s already full…now what?
- Where can I get lunch?
- What are the park hours?
- How much does it cost to get in?
- Can I stay overnight?
- Where can I park?
- What kind of accessibility does the park provide?
- Are PFDs available at the park?
- Can I rent a picnic shelter?
- Can I bring my dog?
- Can we barbecue at the park?
- What should / shouldn’t I pack?
- Is your beach safe to swim in?
- Does Sibbald Point have ticks or poison ivy?
- What else should I know?
Yes. This year, you need to book your permit in advance to guarantee entry.
Our park is getting more and more popular, but we only have room for a limited number of visitors each day.
Daily vehicle permits will become available at 7:00 a.m., five days in advance of your arrival date. Reservations can be made:
- online (here’s a walkthrough of how to book, including how to use your seasonal permit)
- by phone: 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)
2. How do I know if the park is already at capacity?
On busy days and weekends, park staff post capacity updates on Twitter.
Please visit our Alerts page for updates on park and beach conditions.
3. 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.
If you’re set on a midsummer trip, visit on weekday, especially Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Summertime weekend or bust? Be sure to reserve in advance to guarantee your spot, or you’ll likely be disappointed.
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.
If you’re just arriving, please take the first right into the parking lot to check in.
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.
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 chicken fingers, fries, and ice cream.
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.
In 2021, we’re making it easier for Ontarians to enjoy the outdoors by providing free weekday daily vehicle permits from May 1 to September 2, for all provincial parks Mondays through Thursdays. Remember: you still need to book your permit in advance to guarantee access.
9. Can I stay overnight?
Yes, but Sibbald Point is an extremely popular summer camping destination and fills up very quickly.
10. Where can I park?
Our beach area has parking.
11. What kind of accessibility does the park provide?
12. Are PFDs available at the park?
Yes, our PFD Lending Program loans out PFDs to both adults and children. They can be acquired through a parks staff member or at the Park Store.
Whether you’re a parent, friend, sibling, cousin, or dog, we want you to be safe and wear a PFD when enjoying the water. Check out this blog for important water safety tips at Sibbald Point.
13. Can I rent a picnic shelter?
14. Can I bring my dog?
For sure! Just keep your pup on a leash (no longer then 2 m).
15. Can we barbecue at the park?
16. 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.
17. Is your beach safe to swim in?
Any advisories will be posted on the Ontario Parks Alerts page.
18. 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.
19. 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.
Here’s how you can help.