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Perch Festival Well Under Way on Our Local Lakes

April 25th, 2016
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Calling all anglers! It's that time of year again . . . Dust off that tackle box and restring that rod, it's the 36th Annual Perch Festival now underway on Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

Drawing participants from all over Ontario, organizers are seeing big numbers at this year's event, up about 30 per cent of where they usually are at this point in the derby.

Running from April 16th through ...

An Early End For Ice Hut Operators on Lake Simcoe

February 24th, 2016
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It's an early end to the ice fishing season for some local ice hut operators.

Usually it is mid-march before you see huts being removed, but this season, due to the warmer than average temperatures and rain, the ice is too unstable.  In fact, open water is even visible near Big Bay Point.

After the cancellation of the Annual Ice Fishing Tournament in mid February, it comes as no surprise that t ...

Unstable Ice Conditions On Lake Simcoe

February 8th, 2016
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Lake Simcoe is not only renowned for its' pristine water for swimming and boating in the summer months, but also appreciated by snowmobilers and ice fishermen in the winter. Unfortunately, the unseasonable warm weather we have been experiencing has resulted in unpredictable and dangerous ice conditions across various Lake Simcoe communities.

York Regional Police are warning the public to check ...

New Parking Fees At Barrie's Waterfront

January 13th, 2016
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Boaters who park their vehicles at the Barrie Marina parking lot will soon have to pay an additional $100 after Barrie City Council approved the fee despite much opposition.

City residents can park for free at waterfront lots. Staff say about half of the marina lot is used most days to avoid paying for parking elsewhere; approximately 30-40 vehicles park all day from the adjacent condos, and ot ...

Protecting Lake Simcoe: Do You Have a Plan?

December 14th, 2015
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The City of Barrie is seeking the public's input on its stormwater management master plan.

At a meeting scheduled for December 15th, 2015, city engineers will outline the plan that examines how to best protect Lake Simcoe, as well as clean up runoff that will drain into the Nottawasaga River watershed.

Strategies considered in the plan include low-impact development, stormwater management pon ...

Simcoe County Groups Seek To Expand Ontario's Greenbelt

November 23rd, 2015
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The Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition is on a mission; to ensure the safety and protection of our water.
To that end, they are requesting that the province expand Ontario's Greenbelt in our area.

The Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership and the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance have proposed Ontario's greenbelt expand to include almost 300,000 hectares in Simcoe County. The plan would almost double the si ...

Even Celebrities Are Drawn To Lake Simcoe!

November 16th, 2015
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If the recent rumours are true . . . it would appear that celebrities have their eyes on Lake Simcoe.

Tourists, cottage goers and residents of Simcoe County have long appreciated the pristine water of Lake Simcoe. But recently, a Barrie area neighbourhood was excited at the possibility of Rock queen Avril Lavigne living next door.

It has been reported that Avril made an offer to purchase one of ...

Selling a Waterfront Home in the Winter: Is it a Good Idea?

October 31st, 2015

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If you have been thinking of listing your cottage or year round waterfront home but think you should hold off until spring; think again.

Although selling a waterfront in the winter has its challenges, there are benefits to both the buyer and seller as well.

There are buyers looking for waterfront properties all year long. Many people have the mindset that they want to have their property for th ...

Lake Simcoe On The Mend

October 25th, 2015
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It looks like the plan is working.

This week, the Province of Ontario released a report that shows the health of Lake Simcoe is improving.
The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, launched in 2009, aims to reduce phosphorus pollution and improve water quality and fish habitat in Lake Simcoe. The report confirms that long term phosphorus concentrations - which cause blue-green algae in the lake have imp ...

What Are You Doing Thanksgiving Weekend?

October 7th, 2015

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For many Ontario residents, the answer to this question is not "eating turkey". Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to head to the cottage and enjoy the fall colours on the last long weekend of the year. For many cottage and waterfront owners, it also marks the date for the closing of the cottage for the winter season.  Follow these simple tips and your cottage will be safe and secure a ...

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