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We are here today to present to you the beginning of a story, a film, a slideshow, a video, a song... What started out as an infographic dramatically changed into an "emo"graphic: a visual emotional response of the evolution of Lake Simcoe.

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Your
Lake
Simcoe

Discover the Story of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

In 2009, Lake Simcoe became the first lake in the world
to get an Act and Plan for its protection and restoration.

It was citizens who championed the idea, and this
made Lake Simcoe a showcase for collaboration

This alone makes the place remarkable...

but its story is pretty remarkable anyway...

but its story is pretty remarkable anyway...

but its story is pretty remarkable anyway...

but its story is pretty remarkable anyway...

Your
Lake
Simcoe

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Lake Simcoe was formed by the
same glaciers that carved out the
Great Lakes.

Lake Simcoe was formed by the
same glaciers that carved out the
Great Lakes.

Lake Simcoe was formed by the
same glaciers that carved out the
Great Lakes.

Lake Simcoe was formed by the
same glaciers that carved out the
Great Lakes.

Lake Simcoe was formed by the
same glaciers that carved out the
Great Lakes.

Lake Simcoe was formed by the
same glaciers that carved out the
Great Lakes.

As the glacier waters receded,
what remained was an ecosystem
of rivers flowing down through
rich forests to a pristine lake.

Because of its location,
Lake Simcoe was a natural
crossroads full of rich history

First Nations First Nations

First
Nations

Exploring by Canoe Exploring by Canoe

Exploring
by Canoe

Early Settlers Early Settlers

Early
Settlers

Horses and Carriages Horses and Carriages

Horses &
Carriages

Lumber Industry Lumber Industry

Lumber
Industry

Ice Industry Ice Industry Ice Industry

Ice
Industry

The Railway The Railway

The
Railway

Farming Agriculture Farming Agriculture

Farming &
Agriculture

Steam Ships Steam Ships Steam Ships

Steam
Ships

All Season Recreation All Season Recreation All Season Recreation All Season Recreation All Season Recreation

All Season
Recreation

Trent Severn Waterway Trent Severn Waterway

Trent Severn
Waterway

The Automobile

The
Automobile

All Season Tourism

All Season
Tourism

More information available at www.innisfilhistorical.ca. Images assembled by

Heritage Lake Simcoe & Innisfil Historical Society.

In the early 1900s,
cottagers started to
come to Lake Simcoe.

By the mid 1970s
cities began to grow.
Now 435,000 people
call the Lake Simcoe
watershed their home.

Unknowingly, people
had started damaging
the ecosystem.

1908
Oak Ridges Moraine
denuded by lumbering

The call for action
came in the form of
Phosphorus.

Some is natural, but
too much in water
makes aquatic plants
grow like crazy.

Invasive species
started moving in.

The once clear waters
were becoming weedy
and green.

Coldwater fish
stopped reproducing.

The cry of the loon
was seldom heard.

Runoff from farms,
houses, paved roads,
construction and a
whole bunch more
human activities were
giving Phosphorus and
other contaminants a
free ride down through
streams and rivers into
the lake.

More than 100
environmental groups
moved into action and
new ones were formed.

A group called
Ladies of the Lake
created a calendar
as a wake up call
that earned
$250,000, which
subsequently was
leveraged many
times over

In 2006, the public
began calling for a
provincial Lake Simcoe
Protection Act.

In 2008, the province
passed the Lake
Simcoe Protection Act.

In 2009, government
and citizens created
the Lake Simcoe
Protection Plan as a
blueprint for action.

Campaign Lake Simcoe: Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, Environmental Defence, Ontario Nature, Ladies of the Lake, and many more groups. Music by Five for Fighting

More and more
voices began
joining the chorus.

Click on the
videos you would
like to watch.

With a Lake Simcoe Protection Act and
Plan as the framework for restoring our
waters and land, and making a better
place for people, Lake Simcoe‘s story
is starting to come full circle...

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But this time with a difference...

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The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan gives us the
opportunity for shared responsibility. Nature, the
economy and social well-being standing as one.

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Nature will be not just a product to be
used, or even something to coexist with.

It will be part of
our lives to love.

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The Lake Simcoe Protection Act and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan are a framework for partners to work together to improve and protect the health of the Lake Simcoe watershed. Efforts include:


On-the-
ground
restoration



Encouraging
innovation


Support
for
landowners


Education
and
outreach


Monitoring
changes to
track
progress


Direct
management
and
regulatory
controls

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How well is it working?

Click to hear a message from our
Minister of the Environment and
Climate Change, Glen R. Murray.


VIDEO
CLIP

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What’s next?
If you have a question about the future
of the lake, we’ll find you the answer!

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