The Talbot River and lakes Simcoe and Couchiching make up
the waters of this area.
Traveling through the Trent canal from Lock # 39 to Lock
#40, heading westward towards Lake Simcoe;
A panoramic video looking out from the Port of Orillia;
called "The Other Great
Lake', Lake Simcoe is by
largest body of water along the system. With an area of nearly 300
square miles (743 sq. km), Simcoe connects the Talbot
River portion to the east with Lake Couchiching to the north.
Simcoe is home to many communities. On the south shore there is
Beaverton, Pefferlaw, Sutton, and Jackson's Point. Continuing down to
Cooks Bay, Keswick, Gilford and Lefroy are places to see. Lagoon City
to the north offers a Venice like setting with canals running
throughout the village, giving the majority of properties a water front
population of more than 140,000, Barrie is the largest city on the
system. It is located on the west shore of Lake Simcoe, at the tip of
Atherley Narrows (at the top end of Lake Simcoe) takes boaters onto
Lake Couchiching. At the west end of the lake sits The City
with it's fine transient marina facilities.
the Port Of Orillia hosts a number of events, including their ever
popular 'Christmas In June'. More than 200 decorated boats light up the
night sky - and the hearts of both the participants and viewing public.
Facts . . .
folklore has it that Lake Simcoe's Kempenfelt Bay (with a deepest
sounding depth of 136') is the home of an unidentified 'Monster',
affectionately known as 'Kempenfelt Kelly'.
The 5 locks along the Talbot from Bolsover to Gambridge are
old, manual style because they weren't converted during the system wide
upgrades of the 1960's. During that time it was deemed that if all the
locks were to be updated, the Waterway would have lost it's historical
Rama, on the east shore of Lake Couchiching, is one of the largest in
Ontario. Transient boaters can jump onto one of the regularly scheduled
free casino shuttle buses running in the area - including at the Port
Orillia as well as other locations.
lock along the Talbot . . .
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