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Close to Toronto yet a world apart, Lake Simcoe is one of Canada’s historic crossroads. Urban vibe meets country culture. Beautiful waters inspire pioneers. People and nature are partners. It's all yours to share.


Lake Simcoe leads Canada in lake protection

LSPP

Now there is an interactive experience that will help you explore the story of Lake Simcoe's Protection Plan and what it really means for the lake. Start the journey.

A Sunny Day Full of Love for Lake Simcoe

Splash

Thousands came out to love Lake Simcoe and feel good at the 5th annual Splash Beach Bash on Saturday, August 15th! See www.splashfestival.ca for more details.

Do Fish Fart? Find the answer to this question and more in the new “Do Fish Fart?” book

Children's Book

Do fish fart? This is just one of the 200+ questions from kids answered in the exciting new book about Lake Simcoe, available August 15. The book is full of photos, artwork, cartoons, puzzles and amazing factoids and will be for sale at Splash Festival’s Beach Bash. Check out the site for all of the fun and details.

Lake Simcoe stars at Canada Blooms

Canada Blooms

Parklane Nurseries of Beaverton wins at Canada Blooms for “Outstanding Educational Garden” and the Gordon A. MacEachern Award for “Outstanding Garden, large size” with their Rain Game garden. Read more...

Emily May, Lake Simcoe’s largest paddle steamship, sighted in Innisfil

Emily May

Photo: Our Stories Innisfil. An ongoing, large-scale collaborative community-led history project

The Innisfil Historical Society unveiled the replica of the "Emily May," a paddle steamship that plied Lake Simcoe in the late 1800s. The boat will be permanently on display at the Innisfil Town Hall. For more details...

Changing of the guard…The Ladies of the Lake

Legend

The Ladies of the Lake have merged with the Ontario Water Centre, an educational organization with charitable status that they helped to create. Here’s a peek into the legend of the Ladies of the Lake. Read more...

What swims up a downspout?



Rain activates this sculpture as part of the new “rain garden” at De La Salle Park, Georgina that saves water, helps the lake and is a pleasant place for people and plants to be. More.

Pine Beach is re-inventing itself

Kids

This Keswick neighbourhood is in change-up mode as it revitalizes its community waterfront park as a ReWilding Lake Simcoe demo site. Tune in.

Ducks are leading the way

Ducks

A new collaborative effort to reduce nutrient runoff in Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay wetlands is being is being led by Ducks Unlimited Canada. More.

Lake Simcoe Showing Signs of Recovery

Your Lake Simcoe

On October 23, 2015, Ontario released a five year report back that shows that the health of Lake Simcoe is improving. Read more about it.

10 things that make Lake Simcoe special

10 Things that make Lake Simcoe
  1. Friendliest people with wildest imaginations
  2. Recreation that refreshes
  3. Past treasures and scandals
  4. Places where eagles soar and otters play
  5. Places that add value to healthy lifestyles
  6. Experiences for young families and kids
  7. Beginnings for new kinds of businesses
  8. Four seasons for living
  9. Art for the taking
  10. Renewal of a different sort

Lake Simcoe factoids

  • There are 250,000 residents in the Lake Simcoe watershed. The population increases by 50,000 during the summer.
  • 35 rivers flow into the lake, including 4,000 km of streams.
  • 47% of Lake Simcoe’s watershed is agricultural; 35% is woodlands and wetlands; only 18% is in use for people.
  • Lake Simcoe was named for Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe’s dad.
  • 65 of the species in the watershed ecosystem are rare. 33 are at risk.
  • Newmarket was settled by the Quakers as a “new market” for farmers who no longer wished to travel to Toronto.
  • Jackson's Point was a dry dock for Canadian literature’s most famous ship thanks to Stephen Leacock - the "Mariposa Belle".
  • Ouentaron – meaning beautiful lake – was the Huron’s name for this lake.

Exploring Lake Simcoe Smart Spots

Rain Garden

An interactive communications system was piloted that will brand the Lake Simcoe watershed as a place of innovation. See more.

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