Georgina Ontario on the shore of Simcoe Lake offers year-round recreation for nature lovers, sportsmen, and connoisseurs of art and heritage. Close to Sibbald Point Provincial Park, too.
|Photo Credit: Andrew Sibbald - The Briars Resort|
Georgina has long been a vacation destination for weary urban dwellers from southern Ontario, partly because of its easy access. Located on the edge of Ontario’s cottage country, the town is only about an hour drive north of Toronto. It's actually composed of six other small communities: Sutton, Keswick, Jackson's Point, Pefferlaw, Port Bolster and Udora.
Nature and outdoor adventures
Love the great outdoors? Georgina rests on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe, the first big lake you hit when you head north from Toronto, which makes it a great place for boaters, swimmers and water sports enthusiasts of all kinds. If you like fishing, you’ll find Lake Simcoe great for summer or winter seasons.
Nature-lovers will also appreciate the Sibbald Point Provincial Park, with its fabulous beaches and forested trails. Campers will want to book early to reserve a spot at the 604 camp sites. This Ontario provincial park is popular in winter too with cross-country skiers.
Luxury accommodation in Georgina Ontario
If you’re looking for more comfort than camping offers, you may want to try the historic Briars Inn, one of the great Ontario resorts. This is a luxury retreat with lots of amenities including golfing and a spa (in fact, they’re founding members of the Premier Spas of Ontario). The Briars Inn Resort web site is http://www.briars.ca.
There are many other hotels and Bed and Breakfasts throughout the area as well.
Theatre and art in the Town of Georgina
The biggest cultural attraction in the region used to be the famous Red Barn Theatre, Ontario’s oldest existing summer theatre. They were a fixture of Ontario theatre for 6 decades! Sadly, their building burned down on April 18, 2009, and after performing in a temporary spot for one season, in 2010 they announced their closure. Let's hope someone revives them!
Art lovers can check out the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery at 149 High Street, Sutton. Their web site is http://www.gacag.com.
Historic sites in Georgina Ontario
Interested in how people lived back in pioneer days?
The Eildon Hall Museum at 26465 Park Road, Sutton West, is the former estate of the Sibbald family, pioneers in this region. The house is restored to the period of the 1800s but their collection includes older furniture from the 1600s as well, and treasures that the family brought home from their journeys around the world.
Nearby is St. George’s Anglican Church, built by the Sibbald family as well. If you’re a Canadian literature fan you know these names: Stephen Leacock and Mazo de La Roche. Both of these titans of CanLit are buried here, close to the homes where they lived and wrote their best-selling books.
And finally, there’s the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives, a living Ontario history museum with fourteen restored buildings including a church, railway station, houses, and an old village store. It depicts life in the area between 1850 and 1920. The address is 26557 Civic Centre Road, Keswick and their phone number is 905-476-4301. Their web site is http://www.georginapioneervillage.ca.
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