Misery Bay Park Visitors Report 2016


In 2016, the Visitors Centre was staffed by volunteers of the FOMB on weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, and by our grant supported students, Danielle Patry, Hayden Patry, and Eric Harper every weekday in July and August.

The visitor count this year was 4,764, a record number.  

The chart and graph show the number of visitors and their point of origin, for most of the last 11 summers.

This summer we hosted visitors from the west to east coasts, and all points in between.  The only province missing is P.E.I.

Our American visitors came from 18 different states, and folks from 21 countries around the world discovered Misery Bay this summer.

As always, the FOMB are extremely grateful to our dedicated weekend volunteers, without whose help we would have difficulty remaining open through the summer months.  We are also grateful to the many local businesses and individuals who recommend Misery Bay as a destination to their families, friends and visitors.

Misery Loves Company

Year # of Visitors Canada U.S. Rest of World
2006 2125 n/a n/a n/a
*2007 994 n/a n/a n/a
2008 3065 2391 337 337
2009 4484 3587 449 448
2010 4372 3498 481 393
2011 4005 3204 441 360
2012 4115 3490 499 166
2013 no data      
2014 2940 2499 235 206
2015 4437 3949 222 266
2016 4764 4230 190 332

*In 2007 there wasn’t a grant supported student.  The Centre was only open weekends.


Visitor Comments 2016

Quotable quotes from the guest books. 

These are just a sample of the many comments left in the guest books.  They are written freely, from the heart, by visitors who get the “Misery Bay experience.”  They are written by people from all walks of life, all parts of the world, first time visitors, and those who keep coming back to this wondrous place.

  • Our favourite spot in Ontario is Misery Bay
  • First time, can’t wait to come back
  • 5th year in a row.  Love this place
  • We make it here twice a year to enjoy the beautiful beach, rock side trails.  As always it is a pleasure.  Thank you.  You do such a wonderful job.
  • Wonderful spot!  Name sort of scared me but worth the walk!!  Will come back for sure – so peaceful – had beach to ourselves
  • A picture is worth a thousand words, but we are leaving with endless memories of this beautiful hidden gem
  • The subtle friendly sounds of the waves are peaceful and relaxing.  I enjoy it, and if it were up to me I would rename this, Bliss Bay.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words, but we are leaving with endless memories of this beautiful hidden gem
  • I have no words to describe this beauty and tranquility, but my soul is singing
  • Sunday! This is my church for today.  The spirit calls from the land and the water!  So wonderful

There is something about Misery Bay that inspires the soul of the poet


O Great Spirit, light of light, the voice

I hear from the whispering breeze

Hear me O Great One for I am

Young and small and weak


Sun dappled path

Free and open breeze

Hand in hand with love

We walk between the trees.

Birds and other sounding,

Water lapping up ahead

Pine needles turn to sand.

It’s beautiful here.


I see the sun upon the water.

I gaze in to the blue

And whisper just a word of thanks 

To Gitchi Manitou.

One group of visitors “sailed into Misery Bay yesterday evening.  It was very windy – 20 knots.  Found a nice sheltered spot to anchor.  The sunrise was beautiful.”



 Trails are open all year. Use them at your own risk. The Visitors Centre building facilities are open during the summer months at the hours shown below.

In 2017 the Visitors Centre will be staffed and open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving , 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and daily during July and August.


Contact Us

400 Misery Bay Park Road
PO Box 114
Gore Bay, ON P0P 1H0

email address: infoATmiserybay.ca
(remove the AT & insert the proper @ symbol)

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