Lagoon City & Lake Simcoe
Lake Simcoe is part of the Trent-Severn navigation system that allows pleasure boats to travel from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay via a series of rivers, lakes and canals. From it’s start at the Murray Canal near Trenton to it’s end at Port Severn, the system is 240 miles long and includes 44 locks and the Big Chute marine railroad.
With its clear water and comfortable summer temperatures, Lake Simcoe is a centre for recreational boating and swimming. Lagoon City, the home of the Yacht Club, is on the east side of the lake, halfway between Beaverton and Orillia.
Lake Simcoe, which has a surface area of 743 square kilometers, is situated in Southern Ontario between Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario, 65 km north of Toronto. To the north, Atherley narrows separates it from Lake Couchiching at Orillia, and both lakes drain northwesterly via the Severn river to Georgian Bay. To the south, it touches a fertile marshland (Holland Marsh) that has developed into an extensive market-gardening area. The City of Barrie lies at the head of the Lake’s deep western arm, Kempenfelt Bay.
Long frequented by Indians who hunted Lake Simcoe’s shores and fished its waters, the lake was visited in 1615 by Samuel de Champlain, who was recruiting Huron allies for a campaign against the Iroquois. During the French regime, it was part of a fur-trade portage route linking Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario. Originally known by the French as Lac Aux Claies, it was named by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe after his father.
Destined to become one of Canada’s largest self contained resort, recreation and retirement communities, Lagoon City is only 65 miles north of Metropolitan Toronto on the eastern shores of Lake Simcoe. Encompassing 1600 acres of land, Lagoon City provides shoreline and 6 miles of navigable inland waterways. The Yacht Club is privately owned and operated and is located centrally within the Lagoon City resort.
FROM WEST TORONTO:
Take 400 North and continue on 11 to Orillia; then follow 12 South to Brechin; at Brechin turn (at the traffic lights) right towards Lake Simcoe; follow the signs to Lagoon City.
FROM EAST TORONTO OR WHITBY:
Take 404, 48 or 12 North; proceed to where 48 joins up with 12 just South of Beaverton; then follow 12 North to Brechin; at Brechin turn (at the traffic lights) left towards Lake Simcoe; follow the signs to Lagoon City.
Refer to Canadian Hydrographic Chart 2028, sheet 1 of 3 (Lake Simcoe)
The Lagoon City Entrance channel is marked by red and green day markers. A private light (Fl – white) marks the entrance after dark.
To locate Lagoon City Yacht Club, follow the main channel all the way along until it turns to starboard just past the entrance to Lagoon City Marine Centre (to port). Follow the starboard turn and then continue straight on to the intersection of two channels. The Yacht Club is the white two story building located across the intersection and to port.
Entrance Channel Coordinates:
Lat. 44 32.9′ north
Long. 79 14.1′ west