Vacation Inspiration – Lake Simcoe, Ontario

From outdoor adventure to shopping local – all within a half hour’s drive – this is what’s in store for you along the shore of Lake Simcoe.

Take a morning wander in historic Cookstown

In the mid-nineteenth century, a tiny hamlet called Perry’s Corners sprang up out of the bush. Known for awhile as Dixon’s Corners, the village settled on Cooke’s Town in 1847. Today Cookstown is the perfect place to find vintage treasures and discover local history. Many of the buildings on the main street are over 100 years old – and rumour has it that a couple of them are haunted!

With all that history you’ve probably earned a a tasty treat. Al Capcone’s, Cookstown’s new ice cream parlor has delicious Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream which you can enjoy in the old-time setting. Make sure to check out the vintage cash register!

Get on the Water!

Bring along your canoe or kayak and explore Lake Simcoe’s shoreline. If you are looking to rent a kayak Mountian Equipment Co-op in Barrie offers daily kayak rentals.

Local folklore has it that Lake Simcoe’s Kempenfelt Bay (with a deepest depth of 136′) is the home of an unidentified ‘Monster’, affectionately known as ‘Kempenfelt Kelly’ – but you’ll be more likely to see fellow boaters enjoying the water.

If you’re looking for a local lunch spot close to the water The Fork and Plate at Lefroy Harbour is the perfect way to re-energize.

Swim, Swim, Swim!
A great place for families, couples and friends Innisfil Beach Park combines a beach shoreline with sandy swimming and recreational walking paths and cycling trails. Take time for some R & R with a refreshing dip and a leisurely wander.

You’ve heard our Lake Simcoe check list – what would you add to the perfect day in Simcoe County?

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  1. Ron Taylor says:

    Explore Lake Simcoe with a visit to Barrie Ontario. Beaches are close to downtown for restaurants, boutique shopping and entertainment. http://www.400eleven.com/barrie.html

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