Want to see fall colours? Sibbald Point on lake Simcoe is a wonderful place to visit in the fall. Come for a ride during the second week of October to enjoy historical buildings in all shades of red, green and yellow.
We were driving by the shore of Lake Simcoe in Sutton adoring old estate homes with trees dressed in bright colours, when we saw a beautiful English style church. It was time for a stop. We walked into the graveyard with beautifully manicured grass, tall trees and old gravestones. This was the St. George’s Anglican Church at the Sibbald Point.
Built in 1877, the current church replaced the original 1839 wooden church. The property was donated for the construction by the Sibbald family. Inside, there were wonderful fall decorations and a lot of ads on the board. Church still had active parishioners, we thought.
There is not that much history in Ontario, so stepping into the church built by the Sibbald family in the nineteenth century feels like a great opportunity to get in touch with the earlier years of the country. St. George’s church is surrounded by the cemetery, where among more recent graves is the family plot of the Sibbalds. Green ferns and cedars mixed in with maples turning golden at this time of the year create a beautiful fall landscape.
Park across from the church and go for a walk in the Sibbald Point Provincial Park. You will pass by this pastoral building and walk into the quiet and sunny alley leading to the shore of Lake Simcoe.
See the blue sky through the golden and green leaves, hear your steps as you squeeze dry crunchy leaves that fell on the ground.
Sibbald Point Provincial Park is a favourite place for the walk and a good weekend barbeque for many Torontonians. Located only 70 km away from Toronto, it boasts both sandy and rocky beaches washed by the blue waters of lake Simcoe.
There are plenty of places to rest, fields to play volleyball, Frisbee or soccer, and overnight camping. Parking area is thoughtfully surrounded by the wall of cedar and trees so that it doesn’t make this wonderful green place look like a mall.
Park store has a great ice-cream, although at this time of the year it was already closed. But we did procure some apples on our way from the former orchard, small, sweet and crispy, covering an old apple tree from head to toe.
On your way to the beaches you will pass this historical log cabin.
Directions to the Sibbald Point and St.George’s Anglican Church
Highway 404 to Davis Rd in Newmarket
East on Davis Rd
North on Hw 48
Soon after Hw 48 makes a 90 degrees turn right, watch for the intersection with Park Rd.
Go North on Park Rd
Pass the entrance to the Sibbald Point Provincial Park and go to the end of Park Rd.
It ends at the church, and small parking space is available across the road.
From Keswick ( from the cottage)
Take any small street perpendicular to the lake to get on the Queensway. Turn left.
Drive North and turn left on the Merto Rd
This is not the shortest drive; rather it shows you Keswick and Sutton.
At Woodbine Ave, turn left ( North)
Turn right at Lake Dr E and continue along the shore.
When you pass Jackson’s Point, Lake Dr E turns into the Hedge RD.
Proceed at the Hedge Rd until you see the church on your left.
After exploring Sibbald Point, return back to your cottage just in time for a magnificent sunset … Glass of wine and a bonfire – what better ending for the day of exploration can one hope for?