Lake Simcoe is one of the closest resort destinations north of Toronto GTA. A favourite year-round holiday destination. with year round festivals, fishing tournaments, water sports, winter fun carnivals. Plan a day trip or overnight Ontario resort getaway vacation.
Lake Simcoe Summer Beach Resort Destination
Water sports, Barrie beaches, Orillia beaches, beach front parks, and romantic sunsets abound in Toronto’s closest resort destination. Fishing and boating are the mainstay of the summer activities in the Lake Simcoe. Minets Point beach and park is considered by many to be Barrie’s cottage country in the city. Seadoos and personal water craft, windsurfers, and kite surfers make the area a magnet for outdoor water sport enthusiasts. Many Provincial parks are easily accessible on Lake Simcoe. Hardy swimmers will still venture into the water up until Thanksgiving weekend. Beach views continue to offer beautiful autumn sunsets. One may also see the avid kite boarders, or windsurfers during the fall months.See beach directory
Discover Lake Simcoe with a Road Trip North
Many highways lead to the Lake Simcoe resort destination: Highway 12 Way, Highway 400 Way and the Highway 11 Way can be used for a road trip around Lake Simcoe. The resort-towns of Barrie and Orillia, Innisfil and Georgina and Jackson’s Point are good stopping points. Several seasonal options are suggested with side trips including spectacular fall colours in Simcoe County such as Horseshoe Valley, Wasaga Beach,Elmvale and Minising. Maple syrup festivals in the spring and fall fairs and farmers’ markets during harvest season. See Lake Simcoe Fall Road Trip.
Fishing Lake Simcoe
The new Ministry of Natural Resources Fisheries Management Plan indicates that Lake Simcoe is the largest lakes in Zone 16 (Southern Ontario). Lake Simcoe is the largest lake within the zone and the lake trout, lake whitefish, smal lmouth bass and yellow perch fishery is extremely popular. Find out more fishing information on Lake Simcoe Zone 16. Ice fishing is a popular winter outdoors activity on Lake Simcoe. A quick check about ice fishing hut registration and rules can be found at Ice Fishing-Regulations from Ministry of Natural Resources
Lake Simcoe Bird Watching
Breton Field Naturalists is a not for profit organization located in Barrie Ontario, is dedicated to acquiring and disseminating knowledge of the natural history of the Simcoe County area. Their primary goal is the protection of the area’s wildlife through stimulating public interest in nature and its preservation. Offering meetings and organized outings.See Brereton Field Naturalists, also see Simcoe Nature Board
Winter in Lake Simcoe Area
Many resorts in the Lake Simcoe area are directly impacted by the snow belt region of Ontario. Barrie and Orillia are the largest cities. The area is often dubbed the Barrie Snowbelt. Many winter recreational opportunities exist in the Barrie snowbelt area including, ice fishing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and several popular Ontario winter carnivals. Lake Simcoe is a great destination for family and romantic getaways during the winter months in Ontario.
Lake Simcoe & Area Featured Hotels, Resorts, Inns, Suites
- Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre – Orillia
- Briars, The – Jacksons Point
- Georgian Conference Services – Barrie
- Hardwood Ski and Bike – Barrie
Lake Simcoe area Provincial Parks-Conservation Areas
A variety of overnight and day use parks are available throughout the Lake Simcoe watershed. Parks are designed for outdoor recreation including Picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, camping, and cross country skiing, snowmobiling.
- Lake Simcoe Conservation Areas
- Springwater Provincial Park
- Mara Provincial Park
- McRae Point Provincial Park
- Sibbald Point Provincial Park
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