Covering 2,381 square kilometres and home to more than 111,000 people, the electoral district of Simcoe North encompasses many municipalities, including Midland, Orillia, Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny, Severn and the Mnjikaning First Nation. Simcoe North is at a historic cross-roads of our founding Canadian cultures; First Nations, Métis , French and English. A rich and diverse cultural heritage has grown here from the growth and interaction of these communities. Situated in Central Ontario, bordering the beautiful Georgian Bay, Simcoe North offers some of the most picturesque natural views in the province. Attractions include the largest collection of freshwater islands in the world, Ontario`s first European fortress, the Stephen Leacock Museum, the Ontario Provincial Police Museum and Casino Rama.
Visitors to the riding will quickly learn why the area is called Ontario`s Lake Country. Major bodies of water include Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and Bass Lake, which offer beaches, boating and fishing, as well as nature trails for walking and hiking. In the winter months, visitors will find kilometers of well groomed snowmobile and snowshoeing trails, as well as great ice-fishing and skating.
Facts and Figures
- The economy of Simcoe County is diverse and includes a full range of businesses from agricultural, industrial to high-tech.
- Orillia was used as the basis for Stephen Leacock's 1912 book Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. The Stephen Leacock Museum, located in Orillia, is a National Historic Site.
- Simcoe North is the heart of Georgian Bay and gateway to her 30,000 Islands
- 2015 celebrates the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's Visit to Huronia.