Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: July 2020
Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park is located among the 30,000 Islands in Georgian Bay. While it is not a large provincial park, there are 81 campsites and 4 cottages available for rent, it features a natural sandy beach and has a boat launch for canoeing and boating. Apparently it is an excellent area for fishing.
Sturgeon Bay is located just off of the Trans-Canada Highway 69, so we decided to make a detour here on our way home from Chutes Provincial Park to break up the 4.5 hour drive, go swimming and eat some lunch.
We arrived at the park just after 12p.m. For a Sunday afternoon it was busier than expected. But I guess with scorching hot temperatures and its close proximity to Toronto, being near (and in) the water is one of the few ways to tolerate the heat warning.
We were able to use our parks permit from Chutes to enter Sturgeon Bay. Apparently a park permit from one provincial park is valid at any of the other provincial parks in Ontario (something new we learned on this trip). We parked near the beach area and changed into our bathing suits. The shoreline of the beach area provided a nice mix of sun and shade. The swimming area is marked with two buoy lines to mark the gradual drop-off into deeper waters.
The water was surprisingly quite warm. But then again, anything compared to the frigid waters of Lake Superior would be.
After we finished swimming, we found a vacant campsite near the beach area to make and eat some lunch (and dry off).
Before heading out, we checked out the boat launch area.
While I don’t think I’d ever camp at Sturgeon Bay (the campsites don’t offer a lot of privacy and there are limited activities), it did provide a nice break from driving and we got to go swimming. This turned out to be an excellent decision as the traffic on the rest of the way home was terrible. It was a good way to end our Northern Ontario road trip around Lake Superior.