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  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;

Entering Lake Simcoe At Gamebridge
   Sometimes called "The Other Great Lake', Lake Simcoe is by far the 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.
   Lake 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 spot.

Crossing Beautiful Lake Simcoe

   With a 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 Kempenfelt Bay.


Christmas In June- Port Of Orillia
  Passing north through the Atherley Narrows (at the top end of Lake Simcoe) takes boaters onto Lake Couchiching. At the west end of the lake sits The City of Orillia, with it's fine transient marina facilities.

  Every year, 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.

Lake Simcoe Region Fun Facts . . .

  Local 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 the 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 status.

 Casino 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 of Orillia as well as other locations.

Approaching a lock along the Talbot . . .
The Locks Of The Talbot

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