Sibbald Point

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This is one of our camp stomping grounds (in provincial parks). It’s Sibbald Point and is notorious for it’s status as being haunted by the slaves and family that built the place.

This is also the place where hubby and I had a haunted experience. We were driving up the back road (past the family cemetery) to where the waterfall is located and fenced off. It’s at the very edge of the Sibbald Farms property line, there’s a few foot paths there too.

We parked the van and were about to get out with the flood light when we both saw a group of 12 people (shadows) holding hands walking down the road. We figured it was another group of people just about to do what we were about to – get out and walk the foot paths at night for a leisurely stroll. We got out with our flood light and noticed there was no one at the end of the road when we got there, figured they ducked into one of the foot paths (one of two) so he heading down one to check it out and found no one there.

We headed back up and into the second foot path where not a peep was made, no sounds just pure silence and not a single person there but us. It’s not likely not to hear a group of 12 people out on the foot path so we couldn’t figure out what the heck was going on. It’s unexplainable – they just disappeared into thin air. Even the waterfall sounded muted that night and it didn’t feel quite “right”.

Susan Mein was born in 1783 to a wealthy British aristocratic family. At the age of 24 she married Colonel Thomas Sibbald, a physician in the Royal Navy.

In 1833 two of the Sibbald sons came to Orillia in what was then upper Canada to learn farming techniques. Susan Sibbald visited the area two years later to see how her sons were faring. At this time she took the ferry Sir John Colborne and purchased over 600 acres that she had seen from the steamer on Lake Simcoe. Upon returning to Scotland, and the passing of her husband, Susan settled her affairs and embarked on her journey back to Canada. The farm the family built was named Eildon Hall. Eventually Susan decided to move to Toronto where she continued to live until her death in 1866. She was buried in St. George’s Anglican Church.

The church is located just outside the park’s boundaries. The church was constructed in 1839, largely with funds raised by Susan Sibbald. The original wooden structure served the Georgiana community until1877 when the wooden church was replaced with a field stone one. Inside the church you will find two beautiful stained glass windows. On the east side is the Simcoe window, designed and created by John Graves Simcoe’s seven daughters. If you look carefully you can see seven crosses – one for each of the girl. On the west side is a window dedicted to Ann Mossington, a descendant of one of the area’s earliest settlers.

St. George’s cemetery contains many early settlers and pioneers to the area such as Mossington and Bourchier. A famous Canadian, Stephen Butler Leacock penned many a famous word will summering on the shores of Sibbald Point.

Generations of Sibbald family members remained on the family farm until 1951 when it was purchased by the County of York and made into a public park.


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