Defining the northern boundary of York Region and its most northerly municipality, the Town of Georgina, is one of the region’s most cherished natural resources: Lake Simcoe. The fourth largest lake in Ontario, it forms part of the Trent-Severn Waterway system that links Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
Encompassing 52 kilometres of Lake Simcoe’s south-eastern edge, York’s shoreline is host to many summer cottages, a number of beaches, natural parks, regional forests, marinas and conservation areas. Protected areas include the Morning Glory Provincial Nature Reserve, Sibbald Point Provincial Park, Keswick Marsh Fish and Bird Sanctuary and a variety of historic sites and museums.
During the summer, the area draws thousands to boat, swim, fish and explore. But, interestingly, more people fish the lake from Jan. 1 to March 15 than the other 9-1/2 months of the year combined. In winter, competitions attract anglers from around the world, giving Georgina the title of “Ice Fishing Capital of Canada.” Georgina is home to the annual Canadian Ice Fishing Championships, plus numerous other competitions and tournaments.
Lake Simcoe is an essential part of Ontario’s natural environment and a critical resource for people who live, work and play within its watershed. In the face of climate change and pressures of population growth and development, there exists an urgent need to protect the health of the lake. We urge you to come and enjoy this incredible resource and, in return, provide the stewardship it deserves to preserve it for future generations.
For a list of marinas and supply stores click here.