WHERE WE LIVE
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: 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:
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!
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 Adventures, Nomada 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:
Hon. Diane Finley, MP of Haldimand-Norfolk
Hon. Toby Barrett, MPP of Haldimand-Norfolk
Mr. Charlie Luke, 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
Norfolk County Public Library – 519-426-3506 ext. 5
Simcoe Christmas Panorama – River of Lights