It’s time for your next Ontario adventure! If you’re looking for a peaceful, serene, outdoor getaway with a little beach time, this Ontario park is worth the trip. With a horseshoe-shaped beach and a lookout point offering scenic vistas of Georgian Bay, here’s why you should check out Killbear Provincial Park.
The Ontario destination is located about three hours away from Toronto and boasts its stunning natural features and over 30 km of Georgian Bay shoreline. Though this is definitely a day-trip hot spot, Destination Ontario recommends making it a longer trip and camping for a few days.
Killbear offers car camping at all of its seven campgrounds. Only three sites, Kilcoursie, Beaver Dams, and Harold Point Campgrounds, offer electricity. But if you’re more of a day-tripper, you can still experience an unplugged getaway in a single day.
For bird watchers, you may spot woodpeckers, warblers, wood thrushes, herons, hawks, and hummingbirds while on a hike. There are four trails that range from easy to moderate, and guides you through different types of forests. The shorter route, Lighthouse Point Trail is an 800 m loop that takes you to the tip of Killbear Point. Here is where you’ll catch a spectacular view of Georgian Bay and interesting rockscapes, according to Ontario Parks.
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Cyclists and hikers will also enjoy a 6 km Recreational Trail that runs along the length of the park which is another great option on your exploration adventure.
Interested in canoeing? According to Ontario Parks, Killbear 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,” shares the park. “Paddlers must be aware of wind and wave conditions on Georgian Bay and be aware that the weather can change quickly.” Unfortunately for some, you won’t be able to rent canoes or kayaks within the park but rentals are available outside the park at local businesses.
When it’s time to cool off, head to the day-use part of the beach. Kilcoursie, Beaver Dams, and the day-use area share 2 km of the horseshoe-shaped beach. If you’re spending the night, you may be pleased to know that each campground has its own designated part of the shoreline. Talk about VIP.
According to Ontario Parks, the beaches at Georgian, Harold Point, Granite Saddle, Lighthouse Point, and Blind Bay Campgrounds “are all on smaller beaches flanked by rocky headlands.”
According to Ontario Parks, the cost of a Day Use permit depends on the time of the year whether it be on or off-season, and by park.
Entry fees for vehicles start at $12.25, but for a full day at Killbear Provincial Park, contact the park directly.
Killbear Provincial Park
Where: 35 Eddie Ramsay Parkway, Nobel, ON