Sibbald Point Provincial Park – Review

Review Date: Sept 2016

General Information / Location / Address

Sibbald Point Provincial Park is located on the south east side of Lake Simcoe.

26071 York Rd 18 (Park Road)
Sutton West
L0E 1R0

Click here to reserve, or view campsites


Entry / Layout

As you turn East into the park, you are faced with a fork in the road.  Keep LEFT if you are buying a day pass, and keep RIGHT if you are registering your campsite.  As you can see from the pic below, there is TONS of room to park your rig, as you head into the office.  There is a center booth for day passes, and a large office for registering.  Sibbald is split into quite a few areas, and I’m not going to list them here.  You can see those areas in the above map.  Each site does have their own bathrooms, so I think you can rely on the fact that there is a running water bathroom near by.  Some of the area’s are electric, and some are not, as you can see above.  As you drive through the campground area, you get into the beach/park area, and the historical areas.


General Discussion

The park is made up of fairly thick forest.  Some campsites have thick brush, and other sites have larger trees and a brushless forest.  It’s really spotty, but if you look at the campsite pictures on the Ontario Parks website, you’ll get a good idea of the kind of bush you’ll see around your site.  Most of the sites are typical forest floor, and not grassy.

We stayed in Beavermeade, so I’ll talk about that area first.  As you enter, the bathrooms on are the right, along with a small play ground and sand box.  Across the road from the area, is a large grassy field.  The road going into Beavermeade is gravel, and the sites are mainly forested, with light brush.  Some of the inner sites have far less brush, making them slightly less private. The sites along the outside are fairly private. Don’t fear camping along the east side of Beavermeade, along the main road, as there is a line of pine bushes that create great privacy.  There is one path on the north side of Beavermeade that cuts through to the beach and park area.  As well, there a couple of holes in the pine bushes that head to the main road.  The sites here are a medium size.  The bathrooms at Beavermeade were large, and clean, so I can expect the rest of the bathrooms to be the same.

The campsites in Horseshoe line the grassy playing field, and some of them have a path into the playing field.  I took a bike ride through Hardwoods, and the majority of the sites seemed kinda small.  Not sure what else to say about this area. Same for the CedarGrove and Meadowlands.  Across the main road is the non electric sites, and I only briefly drove through this area.  Can’t really comment here.

The beach!  It’s LONG, and the water is fairly shallow, which is great for the kids.  It’s also roped off, and has a couple rock points that jet out (you’ll see what I mean in the pictures).  There is TONS of parking for the beach area, but the one thing I’ve heard is during the summer, people use this beach as a day use beach, and it gets VERY busy (you can see those type of comments in the tripadvisor area below).  There is two parking lots for the beach, so if one is busy, try the other lot.  The beach area has grassy areas with a ton of picnic tables, and bbq’s and even a few picnis shelters that are reservable.  It’s really neat that it’s not only a beach, but a park as well.  There is a main bathroom on the east side of the beach.  The beach sand does have golf ball sized rocks in it, and that continues for the first 5 feet of water, where the rocks disappear, and it’s sandy again.  There is also a lot of natural shade on the beach, from the nearby tall trees.  We didn’t have to take out our beach umbrella’s at all.  The dog area is on the east side of the beach, and is basically a large grassy area right up against the water.  Easy for dogs to walk in and out.  Still a great area for people to relax as their dogs play in the water.  The beach is really nice here!

Here’s a good panoramic view of the beach and picnic area. (click below pic)


There is a really large playground at the beach.  It also has swings.  Kids will love it here!


There is a boat launch, and docks as well.

There is an amphitheater, where they do activities for kids.  We camped in September and didn’t get to see anything, but I’d guess they have great events here.

The park officers do drive by on a regular schedule.

I didn’t get to the park store, but across the road is a store that sells variety type stuff, and firewood.  Kinda smells in there tho.

Heritage / Historical areas – This isn’t really my forte, but I hear there is great history here, with historical buildings, and churches, which are now museums.  The main museum was closed when we camped, but make sure you check out the main museum, and church. I hear it’s worth walking through

Best Campsites

For trailer sites, we liked the campsites in Beavermeade.

Here’s a panoramic photo of our site 927. (click photo)



It’s the closest to the beach for electric sites.  If you are not in an electric site, I would suggest the northern most sites in Lakeside and Butternut.  There are foot paths that lead to the parking lot, and would be a quick walk to the water.

Hiking / Biking

I didn’t hike any of the trails, but looking at the trail guide, this isn’t really a hiking or biking park.


BEACH and Picnic areas!

Historical buildings

Playground at the beach is awesome! and huge!


Hiking trails, and biking trails are at a minimum

Surrounding Area Activities

I would suggest driving Hedge Road (right from the park) and other Lakeshore roads, all the way to Keswick.  It’s such a beautiful drive, and the road follows the lake almost the whole way there.  Check it out!


A good park!  The beach area is great, and am still really amazed but the amount of picnic area in front of the beach.  As well, there is an abundance of full water bathrooms, with one right at the beach.  The campsites were OK, with a lot of them electric.  I’m a little weary about how busy this place would be in the midst of summer tho.

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Point Pelee National Park Review

Review Date: May 2016

General Information / Location / Address

Point Pelee National Park is located in a lush Carolinian forest oasis at the southern tip of Canada.  Point Pelee National Park resounds with migrating song birds in the spring, hums with cicadas in the summer, flutters with Monarch butterflies in the fall and is a peaceful place of reflection in the winter.  (Description taken directly from the website).  

1118 Point Pelee Drive
Leamington, Ontario
N8H 3V4


Entry / Layout

A few kms south of Leamington, on Pelee Point Drive, is the beginning of Point Pelee.  At the start of the park is the main office, where you pay for your entry (click for fee details).  There are no parking lots, but just two lanes.  One for people with memberships (left), and the other for people who are coming for the day (right).  Directly after the main office, is a long road that heads to the Visitor Center.  Currently, the visitor center is as far as you can go.  On this main road, you will find small side roads that heads to beaches, trails and lookouts.  I would suggest checking out the map of the park ahead of time, and plan your route.

Here is what the entry gate looks like:

General Discussion

Before I get started on some tips that I have, I want to first let you know that Google Street View has 3D mapped every inch of this place.  If you’re not sure what that is, Google has walked every driveway, path, trail, beach and shuttle ride and captured photo spheres of EVERYTHING!.  Click here to go to Google Maps, and drag the Google Man icon (lower right) onto the map, and check out every inch of this place, before you even get there!  I found this handy to see what the trails are like, or to see where the parking lots are, etc, etc.

This can be a VERY busy place.  I would suggest getting to the park around 9am-10am.  We got to the park at 10am, and there was 3 cars in line, and on our way out at 2pm, there was 40 cars in line.  As well, according to a tripadvisor review, someone witnessed a line-up of 500 cars.  Check here for park hours, and again, get to the park early to avoid the lines.  As well, I would suggest heading directly to the visitor center first, as according to the front office, they reported to me that the shuttle to the “tip” is far less busy in the mornings.  When your at the “tip”, I found it very relaxing when there wasn’t a bazillion people there.  I will discuss more later about what to visit on the way back from the visitor center.

Once at the visitor’s center, there is a round about on the West side, where the bus shuttle stops.  There is covered benches that you can use while you wait.  The shuttle seems to come every 20 minutes.  There is no schedule, or tickets, it’s first come first served.  So whenever you see the shuttle, just hop on, and take a free ride!

Once on the bus shuttle, make sure you keep your mouth closed, as there are fish flies EVERYWHERE!.  The shuttle takes you to another depot closer to the point.

From here, you can check out some of the exhibits, then head to the point.  There are three ways to get to the point.  1) Take the board walk right from the depot, 2) Head west and take a larger path close to the water 3) Head east through the woods, out to a nice beach, then walk along the beach to the point.  3) is what I suggest.  Check it out below:

After you’ve checked out everything at the Tip, just head to the depot, and wait for the bus.  Once it comes, hop on and head back to the visitor center, and check out all their exhibits within.  It’s a really neat place.  I would also suggest watching the 12 minute video in the theater.  This gives you a good idea how the park was developed, and the problems and struggles it’s been through. Highly recommended!

After the Tip is done, and the visitor center is done, you can then decide how many trails you want to go on.  Check out the map above, which shows you all the trails, or go to the parks website to see a description of all the trails.  We decided to head right to the Marsh Boardwalk.

The parking lot here is fairly large, and should be plenty of spots to park.  It’s also the area to rent canoe’s, and paddle out into the marsh.  I highly recommend getting out into the canoes!  The Marsh Boardwalk parking lot also has a small store, with ice cream bars, snacks, and other souvenirs.

We really enjoyed the boardwalk.  You can check out the whole walk below:

A couple other notes and tips.  On the West side of the park, along the main road, are small parking lots for beach access.  There is also spots with a shelter, and bbq’s.  Below:

The majority of the paths are chip and dust based, and are plenty wide.  You can easily fit a large stroller down them, or even a wheelchair.

There is also a bike path that goes from the front of the park, right to the visitor center.  I would suggest taking this trail instead of driving.  More exercise!

That’s all I can think of right now.  Again, if you’re interested in what anything looks like here, just check out Google Street View.


Surveyor trailer floor repair, with TrafficMaster vinyl plank flooring

My wife and I bought this trailer in June of 2012.  It’s a 2007 Surveyor 192T, 19ft. Hybrid  It was in great condition, without any visible problems.  After bringing it home it sat in our driveway for us to get it ready for camping.  After a hard rain storm, I noticed BUCKETS of water pooled in the folded up bed canvas.  The problem was the hybrid bed door only had a rubber seal on the camper side, and nothing on the inner door.  I picked up some nice rubber seal, and attached it to the inner door, and that kept ALL the water out! The below was our first trip with it!


We continued to use the trailer for the remainder of the year, and throughout 2013.  No problems!  But also no preventative maintenance.  During the winter of 2013/2014, I went into the trailer to get something, and noticed the floors were crunchy.  I felt like there was a layer of ice under the linoleum.  This only means that water is now getting in somewhere.  Spring came along, and we got the trailer out, and use it 3-4 times until about June of 2014.  We could feel the floor getting soft at the door, and decided it was time to pull the linoleum and see what’s going on underneath.

The floor in this trailer is Styrofoam, sandwiched between two layers of plywood.  Under the floor is a black fabric that keeps the dirt and water out.  Above the floor is one sheet of linoleum.  I sliced the linoleum away from the walls, and doors, and peeled it back.  I was met with a VERY wet layer of plywood.  It was so wet, I could use my hands and break the plywood away.  I took the top layer of plywood off, and was left with wet Styrofoam.  After breaking a few pieces away, I saw the bottom plywood was wet also.  I think this water came originally from the bed doors not being seals, but also because I’ve never re-sealed the roof, or any other joints since I owned this trailer.  That’s the most important thing I’ve learned.  Whether there are leaks or not, get up on the roof, and re-seal all cracked in previous caulking.  As well, go over ALL joints on the sides of the trailer and make sure it’s all water tight.  Don’t wait for a leak before doing this!

The problem with fixing this floor, is there are no joists.  I cut the plywood, and Styrofoam away at the edge of the trailer, and by the door.

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To rebuild the floor in that area, I used the trailers Frame rail, and screwed a L bracket to that piece of aluminum at the edge of the trailer.  This allowed me to fill that area with regular wood. You can see that L bracket in the below picture. I then took the top later of plywood off the rest of the floor in that area, and filled it with 1/8″ plywood.  I glued this new plywood down.


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I then had to do the exact same thing by the front compartment door, between the dinette seats.

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As well, the floor was a little wet under the couch.  I pulled the linoleum here, and the Styrofoam was solid, but the top layer of plywood was wet. I peeled that away, and replaced the top layer.



This is the way I left the trailer for a year or two.  I duck taped down some new linoleum just to get by for a couple years.  Finally, in the beginning of 2016, I started to finish the floor.

First thing was to put a 3/8″ layer of plywood over the existing floor.  I just wanted a little more support, and to make sure the surface was all level before installing the final product.  To shape the plywood, I used sheets of Bristol board to create the template, then traced it onto the plywood.  After the plywood was cut out, I placed it on the floor, used PL400 to glue it down, and then weight it for 24 hours.  Here are some pics of that process.
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Here are a couple videos I’ve made showing progress of floor, and also outside caulking.

Now that I have 3/8’s plywood over the whole floor, it’s time for the final product.  I chose to use Vinyl Plank flooring by TrafficMaster.  I chose the 12″ x 24″ tile, that snaps together with tongue and groove.  I do have a few concerns with these tiles.  They suggest installing between the temperatures of 18c, and 30c.  Well, we haven’t had those temperatures yet this year, and am hesitant to install this outside of those temps.  Also, I’m concerned about the shrinking and expanding of this product through the different seasons that we have, as well as the difference in temps from day and night.  I have yet to complete this, and will update once complete!  I will also be posting updates on this site as I progress.

UPDATE – April 25/2016.  Floor is complete.  See video below regarding the tile flooring. I will continue to do video updates, and paste them here.

UPDATE – April 26 2016 – I finished the floor today, and put everything back in.  See above video for tips, tricks, pros and cons.