Lake Simcoe Ontario is the fourth largest inland
lake that is entirely in Ontario.
It is a popular cottage destination due to its proximity to Toronto and
the GTA. In fact its southern most shores are part of York Region.
It is also a popular ice fishing destination as the lake is one of the
few of its size in Canada that wholly freezes over.
Once known as Lake Toronto, Lake Simcoe was renamed in the 1700s after
Captain John Simcoe, the father of the first lieutenant Governor of
Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe.
Because of its proximity to Toronto (the southern shores are only about
an hour away from downtown), Lake Simcoe is a quite popular cottage
Major areas to visit include the town of Georgina to the south which
actually encompasses smaller towns like Jacksons Point Ontario, Sutton
and Keswick. To the east are the towns of Beaverton and Brechin, the
northern most center is Orillia and to the west are Barrie and
Currently there are no true commercial uses for the lake, it is purely
a recreational destination. And its popularity extends beyond
the typical summer cottage season due to its ideal ice fishing
Fishing Lake Simcoe
Aside from traditional cottage activities of boating and beaching, Lake
Simcoe is extremely popular among fisherman.
This lake is the largest in the Ministry of Natural Resources zone 16.
Popular fish include lake whitefish, yellow perch, small mouth bass and
Species that are available to fish all year include Crappie, yellow
perch, Sunfish and channel catfish.
Other popular species like Lake trout, whitefish, walleye, Northern
Pike, are open January to March then May to
Because of the abundance of these fisheries in Lake Simcoe combined
with the fact that the lake will completely freeze over in the winter
Lake Simcoe Ice Fishing is extremely popular.
Lake Simcoe Marinas
Unlike many of the Great Lakes, there are no great expanses of beaches
along the Lake Simcoe shoreline. There beaches but they tend to be
smaller and park like as opposed to long uninterrupted stretches you
might find on Lake Huron.
Because of this many cottage towns, or individual cottages have docks
and marinas for boating.
The greatest concentration of Lake Simcoe Marinas are found on the
northernmost and southernmost shoes, but can be found in almost every
major location around the lake from Brechin to Barrie.
Lake Simcoe Ontario has a number of islands, the largest of which is a First
Nation Reserve for the Gerorgina Chippewa nation. The other islands
include Thorah Island which is frequented by cottages, Strawberry
Island which is a Basilican Monk retreat plus Snake and Fox Islands.
Often compared to Lake Ontario as a cleaner and warmer water body, Lake
Simcoe is a year round cottage and recreational lake.