Our Community


Simcoe is a beautiful town with many strengths, assets and resources.  With the Lynn River winding through the downtown core, numerous local conservation areas and parks, mature trees dotting the landscape and miles of walking trails, residents enjoy the distinctive natural charm that is unique to our town.

Simcoe is the administrative and commerical hub of Norfolk County with local businesses and organizations serving both town and county-wide residents. The charitable nature of our people is evidenced by the number of organizations, service clubs, social agencies and churches partnering to help one another in our community.

Simcoe is located in the southwestern part of the province just 10 km north of the Lake Erie shoreline. Norfolk County is part of the “South Coast” tourist region.

Our region possesses the greatest agricultural diversity in the province, and we are known as “Ontario’s Garden.” Our warm summer temperatures are conducive to growing crops that have become unique to this part of the country.

Our most popular tourist attractions are the beaches, ports, towns and villages along Lake Erie, known as Ontario’s South Coast. Along with Simcoe, these towns include Delhi, Long Point, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Turkey Point, and Waterford. Fishing is another key attraction for tourists, as well as birding, hiking, camping and cycling.

Our main festivals include:

in June:  Norfolk Community Day and Delhi Strawberry Festival in June

in July:  Canada Day Celebration in Port Dover

in August:  Lynn River Music and Arts Festival at Wellington Park in Simcoe, Port Dover Summer Fest

in September:  Norfolk Studio Tour, BayFest in Port Rowan, Harvestfest in  Delhi

in October:  Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show in Simcoe, Pumpkinfest in Waterford

in December:  Simcoe Panorama of Lights

every Friday the 13th:  PD13 – the Port Dover motorcycle enthusiasts’ event

These events, as well as places to stay and eat, can be found in the Ontario’s South Coast Experience Guide, available by contacting Norfolk County through http://www.norfolktourism.ca.

Other “can’t miss” attractions include:

Conservation Areas and Beaches:  Backus Heritage Conservation Area in Port Rowan, Hay Creek Conservation Area in Port Dover, Long Point Provincial Park, Port Dover Beach, Turkey Point Provincial Park

Farms and Gardens:  Local Farmer’s Markets, Apple Hill Lavender in Windham Centre, Bonnieheath Estate Lavender in Waterford, Cider Keg Farm Market in Vittoria, Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, Wholesome Pickins in Delhi

Golf courses:  There are many to choose from!

Theatres:  Backstage Capitol Theatre in Delhi, Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover, Simcoe Little Theatre, Waterford Old Town Hall, Young Theatre Players in Simcoe

Tourist Attractions:   Carillon War Memorial Tower in Simcoe, Franni’s Attic in Port Rowan, Harbour Museum in Port Dover, Le Tour de Norfolk in Delhi, Long Point Bird Observatory in Port Rowan, Long Point Eco AdventuresNomada Boat Charters in Port Dover, Port Dover Lighthouse, Red Apple Rides in Port Dover

Wineries and Breweries:  Eat and Drink Norfolk in Simcoe, Blueberry Hills Estates in St. Williams, Burning Kiln Winery in St. Williams, New Limburg Brewery in Simcoe, Ride the Bine in Simcoe, Villa Nova Estate Winery


Here are some links to general community information:

Leslyn Lewis, MP of Haldimand-Norfolk

Bobbi Ann Brady, MPP of Haldimand-Norfolk

Amy Martin, Mayor of Norfolk County

Norfolk County Offices – 519-426-5870

OPP – Non Emergency – 1-888-310-1122

Norfolk General Hospital – 519-426-0750

Community Care Access Centre – Community & Health Care Info

Service Ontario

Service Canada

Norfolk County Public Library – 519-426-3506 ext. 5

Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show

Simcoe Christmas Panorama – River of Lights

Lynn River Music and Arts Festival

CD 98.9 Radio

The Simcoe Reformer