Lake Simcoe is the fourth largest Lake in Ontario.
Barb and I have been busy once again attending events around the Lake Simcoe Watershed.
In August, we had the pleasure of attending a “do” at Loretto Maryholme in Roches Point. After hearing a very interesting talk by Andee Pelan, a staff member of the Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority, about the Maskinonge River in Keswick, we were treated to a tour of the premises. Loretto Maryholme is a retreat for people to go for a rest, conference or a nature walk.
We were delighted to be written up in the Fall issue of Lake Simcoe Living magazine. Johanna Powell, the editor is on our executive. What a great place to read about all things having to do with our Lake Simcoe. There are articles on events taking place around the lake, people connected to the lake, birds that we see around the lake, flowers and trees that grow around the lake, places to stay around the lake, plus articles on interesting places to visit around the lake. A subscription to this magazine would make a great gift for someone who has moved away from the lake. It would bring back many memories I’m sure. Christmas is coming.
On Sept. 17 we visited Fort Willow where we heard that there was going to be a re enactment of the War of 1812. This is done by a group of ordinary people who come together to portray a part of our history as authentically as possible. As soon as we entered the fort, it was as if we had stepped back in time. There were soldiers mustering, army tents set up where they were camped for the weekend, cooking fires with soups in black kettles ready for lunch, a mounted cavalry unit and demonstrations by a blacksmith and a cooper. There were natives and fur traders with different types of furs, wives of the soldiers making candles and a naval unit. It was a busy place with lots to see and experience first-hand about our past.
We then went to the Simcoe County Museum to view the quilts and needlework by the Simcoe County Quilters Guild. My, there are some very talented ladies living in the Lake Simcoe Watershed. If you haven’t visited the Museum then take time and do. It’s worth a visit. There is much to see, so do not be in a hurry.
Did you know that there used to be steamers on Lake Simcoe. Can you name two of them?
Until next time, take yourself down to the lake and just enjoy. You won’t be disappointed — I guarantee it.