Killbear Provincial Park is located along Georgian Bay in the heart of the Canadian Shield and is one of Ontario’s most popular camping destinations. Killbear is a short 30 minute drive from the town of Parry Sound.
Killbear is best known for its windswept pines, rugged shoreline and beautiful beaches. The park’s diverse landscape offers miles of scenic hiking, warm waters to swim or canoe in, cliffs to jump from, and stunning sunsets and sunrises. With 882 campsites that are split across seven campgrounds (Beaver Dams, Georgian, Lighthouse Point, Blind Bay, Kilcoursie and Granite Saddle). Each of the different campgrounds are all situated less than a ten minute walk to the shoreline. When you come to Killbear you can immediately see why it is such a hot spot for campers – However, as a popular spot you must book several months in advance to get a weekend camp site.
Looking for something to do other than spend some time on one of the many beautiful beaches? Why not try out one of hikes that Killbear has to offer? The trails range from 1km to 3.5km and all offer breathtaking views of Georgian Bay.
The shortest of the trails is the Lighthouse Point Trail, which is a visitor favourite as it takes you along the rocky shoreline of Georgian Bay and provides a breathtaking view of the 30,000 islands. This 0.5km lopped trail should only take you about an hour and takes you to the tip of Killbear Point where the 1940’s Killbear Beacon Lighthouse was used to guide many ships with supplies and tourists safely into Parry Sound Harbour.
If you are looking for a bit of a longer hike, the Twin Points Trail is a 1.8km trail loop that crosses the variety of terrain Killbear has to offer – including forest, beaches and Canadian Shield bedrock. This trail has been designated as one of Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve’s Amazing Places.
Another great spot to checkout in the park is the Killbear Visitor Centre. Here you will get a chance to learn about the animals and foliage that you will find throughout the park as well as its unique geology and history. This new centre features exhibits such as a live Massasauga rattlesnake, children programs, guided hikes and other activities throughout the summer.
It is easy to see how Killbear Park is one of Ontarios jewels and is not to be missed. If you want peace and quiet, nature and privacy, Killbear Provincial Park is a must.