Lake Simcoe, a Greenbelt Treasure

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Lake Simcoe is all too frequently overlooked and perhaps even under-appreciated. It reminds me a little of what American actor Rodney Dangerfield used to say: “I can’t get no respect.” 

With four Great Lakes in Ontario, all majestic and phenomenal, it’s no surprise that Lake Simcoe is often overlooked. But it really shouldn’t be.

Drive, ride, or walk along the south shore and you’ll be amazed by its beauty. Take a swim at Willow Beach, cross the one-way bridge of Black River, or have lunch at the Briars. Any of these activities will give you the sense of ‘completeness’ that Lake Simcoe seems to emulate. Its quiet waters provide a serene balance every time you look over the Lake’s horizon.

Then there are the protected areas such as Sibbald Point Provincial Park. With over 300,000 visitors annually, the Park is a popular destination for Ontarians looking for an outdoor experience. York Region’s Outdoor School is also located inside the Park and teaches more than 8,000 students a year.

Donated by the Sibbald family in 1951 to the County of York, the family wanted to ensure its major land holdings were forever in our hands, which later resulted in a Provincial park. Their generosity benefits millions and we are forever thankful, grateful, and appreciative. Those 555 acres are never going to disappear.

Even more, a family member of the Sibbald clan continues that spirit of protection for the public benefit. He recently made it his goal to transform nearly 40 acres of the park and shoreline by lowering the ecological footprint. Thankfully, he was successful in adapting this landscape into a nature reserve and eliminating the impacts of human presence.

If you’re still looking for something to do this summer, give Lake Simcoe a visit. It won’t disappoint.

 

Burkhard Mausberg
CEO
Greenbelt Foundation

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