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. 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:

  1. Do I need a day-use reservation? How do I get one?
  2. How do I know if the park is already at capacity?
  3. When is the best/worst time to visit?
  4. I made a camping reservation? Do I wait in the same line?
  5. The park’s already full…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. Are PFDs available at the park?
  13. Can I rent a picnic shelter?
  14. Can I bring my dog?
  15. Can we barbecue at the park?
  16. What should / shouldn’t I pack?
  17. Is your beach safe to swim in?
  18. Does Sibbald Point have ticks or poison ivy?
  19. What else should I know?

1. Do I need a day-use reservation? How do I get one?

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.

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? 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.

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 chicken fingers, 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.

The Park Store is open from 8:00 am to 9:00 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.

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. 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?

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 your pup 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. Can we barbecue at the park?

Yes, hot ash pits are placed around the day use area to dispose of hot ash.

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.

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

17. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Load of garbage with staff

Here’s how you can help.