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Sibbald Point Provincial Park, Georgina

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Sibbald Point Provincial Park is a provincial park located in Sutton West, Ontario, Canada on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto. The park is located to the east of the vacation town of Jackson's Point, and The Briars Resort and Country Club which is still owned by the Sibbald family.Sibbald Point Provincial Park has long sand beaches, sunny and shaded campsites, large grassy picnic areas and a forested hiking trail. The Sibbald family sold the property in 1951 to the County of York and it was open as a County Park until 1956 when the County conveyed it to the Province. The property was then renamed as Sibbald Point Provincial Park and opened in 1957.Two of the major attractions in the park were constructed by the Sibbald family during the nineteenth century. The family home was purchased by Susan Sibbald from Major William Kingdom Rains in 1835. She supervised its transformation from a small cottage into a rural estate, a process which was completed in the 1840s. She named the structure Eildon Hall after the family estate in Scotland. Today the building serves as a museum dedicated to life in rural Ontario during the mid-nineteenth century. The museum is also known as the Sibbald Memorial Museum. An Ontario Historical Plaque was erected by the province to commemorate Eildon Hall's role in Ontario's heritage.Another important structure located adjacent to the park is St. George's Anglican Church. The church was built by Susan Sibbald's sons to replace an existing small wooden church, and was dedicated as a memorial to her. Completed in 1877, it ministers to the community to this day. Attached to the church is a small cemetery which contains the graves of many prominent citizens of the Lake Simcoe area including writers Stephen Leacock and Mazo de la Roche as well as musician Jim Schwalm.
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  • Sibbald's has it all: historical significance and a museum, lovely beaches on Lake Simcoe's clean shore, boat launch and delightful trails for four season hiking or skiing. A rejuvenating stroll at an...  more »
  • A small park but well situated on the shores of Lake Simcoe. The beachfront makes for a nice walk, but those looking for an immersive park might look a bit further. With such a small footprint the par...  more »
  • This is a great location that is close to the city. To either go for a day trip or for a weekend of camping, either in a tent or trailer they have both here. The park has a really nice beach lots of p...  more »
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  • I've been camping @ Sibbald Point for 22 years now, and I still love it. It is very quiet in the radio-free area...which is the way I prefer it to be. If you want to play a radio or stereo, then are are always free to camp in the non-radio-free area. Though, if you do, then be prepared for a little noise, as you won't be the only one playing a radio. Camping in the radio-permitted area and want to go to sleep early, or sleep in late? Bring earplugs. Some campsites stay up late, while others get up very early. You'll find a good mix of families with children, "college-age" young adults, and older adults. On weekends in the summer, and especially in long weekend, it can be VERY busy....but that is to be expected. The beach is long and beautiful, and the swimming is great.
  • Overall decent experience, lots were clean and well kept, so were the washrooms. They have many lockable stalls with independent doors for the showers and are well cleaned too. Stayed in lot 67 and it became a mud pit during may 24 weekend though, it was fun getting the car off the lot with the 3+ inches of mud! Everybody who worked at sibbald point was very friendly and professional. They immediately took action on people who had music too loud and were causing mayhem. B+ visit
  • Great recreational park close to the city. Good boat launch area. Can get very crowded on weekends. It is also the only provincial park that has an alcohol ban for both the Victoria day and Labour Day weekends. (great idea that hopefully spreads)
  • Pros - decent quality sites in the radio free area, water is warm and shallow with beach area playground and camp store that serves good ice cream; trees provide shade at beach; easy drive from Toronto; staff are friendly and helpful Cons - weekends can be extremely busy (and noisy) due to close proximity to GTA and day use; sections of the beach are very short and below average quality with significant seaweed; park gets quite dirty due to volume of visitors in peak season If you are looking for a park that is nearby to introduce the family to car camping this might be a good choice. If you are looking to get away and enjoy some peace, quiet and natural beauty look elsewhere.
  • This is the worst camping ever,the nature is good but nothing is allow,in the non free radio sites u literally have to heard the music for ur self as soon as u turn it up the security is there,have to shot it off at 11 like in the city,and not even allow to speak at regular tone after 11, not recommended to anyone that wants to go and have fun and enjoy camping,but it is recommended for those people that like to go to the church and looking for peaceful and quiet place.