Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: July 2021
Sturgeon Bay is located along the rocky shore of Georgian Bay. It’s reputed to be a great spot for swimming as the bay is shallow and protected which means that the water is usually warm in the summer. Sturgeon Bay also offers a variety of other recreational activities on the water including boating, canoeing and fishing.
We spent most of the day hiking in Awenda and Six Mile Lake Provincial Parks. On the drive to Restoule Provincial Park, we made one last detour to go for a swim at Sturgeon Bay. The park is conventionality located a few minutes off of the Trans-Canada Highway 69. We pulled into the park just after 4p.m.
We first stopped to check out the boat launch. There’s a small dock, fish cleaning station and canoes available to rent here. Apparently the fishing in Sturgeon Bay is excellent. The park offers dock slips at the boat lunch area for campers and day-use visitors, but docking is by permit only, and on a first-come-first-serve basis.
We then drove through the small campground. Sturgeon Bay offers around 80 campsites, some of which are located along the waterfront. While some sites looked nice, many of them are grouped close together and don’t offer much privacy.
Afterwards we drove down to the day-use and beach area to go for a swim. The washrooms were still being cleaned, so we just sat at a picnic table at a nearby empty campsite and waited for a few minutes. No complaints from us as we didn’t mind the wait to then use the clean washrooms.
We changed into our bathing suits and were ready to hit the water even though it was overcast. The beach is sandy and the swimming area is buoyed off into two sections. It felt great to finally go for a swim after a long day of hiking. The water felt amazing.
Afterwards we sat on a rocky outcrop that overlooks the water to dry off and just enjoy the views. The skies were more noticeably hazy here from all the recent wildfires in northwestern Ontario.
We then got changed out of our bathing suits and continued our drive to Restoule. While I don’t think I’d ever want to camp at Sturgeon Bay, it was well worth the detour to go for a swim.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here