Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Lake Simcoe needs its own RTO

For some reason that I will never understand (Oh, to save money...?), when the Ontario government sliced up the tourism pie a few years back, parts of the Lake Simcoe Watershed were put into three different RTOs - Regional Tourism Organizations.

One includes the GTA, another includes southern Georgian Bay, and the other includes parts east of Lake Simcoe.

Lake Simcoe takes a second - or third - back seat to other attractions in all of these districts.

Lake Simcoe needs its own RTO.

Here's why:

•  The separate geography is already defined by the Watershed.
•  The province has already recognized the importance of the area with the Lake Simcoe Protection Act/Plan.
•  The demographics support it... Lake Simcoe is one hour from half the population in Ontario.
•  A single RTO for Lake Simcoe would encourage tourism organizations and businesses on the Watershed to work together. How can they be expected to work together for the lake, when different areas around the lake are pitted against the other for tourism dollars?
•  A single RTO for lake Simcoe could get everyone around Lake Simcoe working together on establishing a Heritage Trail that you can walk, bike, wheelchair or drive (or even paddle?) around the lake and see markers for all of the important historical and heritage sites.

Right now the Ontario government is looking at a recreation and tourism policy for Lake Simcoe.

Establishing a Lake Simcoe RTO would be an excellent place to start.

What do you think?

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Comments 2

Guest - Marj Mossman on Monday, 24 February 2014 03:48

What a terrific idea Johanna! Good for you for thinking of it. Of course Lake Simcoe deserves its own RTO. There are so many tourist sites around the Lake. Lake Simcoe is such an important Lake in Canada's history.
There are 42 Heritage Rivers in Canada but no Heritage Lakes. Why? Lake Simcoe should be a Heritage Lake. In the past Lake Simcoe was like the highway to the interior of our country. Champlain, LaSalle, Brule to name just a few explorers travelled on Lake Simcoe. Our native Canadians lived around the lake, fishing, hunting and gathering wild rice for a living. The first settlers lived north of Toronto around the lake. The ice and lumber industries thrived around the lake before it became a haven for cottagers to travel north for recreation on week ends. Yes, I agree with you, Lake Simcoe needs its own RTO.

What a terrific idea Johanna! Good for you for thinking of it. Of course Lake Simcoe deserves its own RTO. There are so many tourist sites around the Lake. Lake Simcoe is such an important Lake in Canada's history. There are 42 Heritage Rivers in Canada but no Heritage Lakes. Why? Lake Simcoe should be a Heritage Lake. In the past Lake Simcoe was like the highway to the interior of our country. Champlain, LaSalle, Brule to name just a few explorers travelled on Lake Simcoe. Our native Canadians lived around the lake, fishing, hunting and gathering wild rice for a living. The first settlers lived north of Toronto around the lake. The ice and lumber industries thrived around the lake before it became a haven for cottagers to travel north for recreation on week ends. Yes, I agree with you, Lake Simcoe needs its own RTO.
Guest - Beverley Else on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:56

You are so right, Johanna. Lake Simcoe is huge and is often viewed as a barrier between communities within the watershed. For those of us who work to help the watershed heal itself, we struggle to make the lake a connector to a wonderful vision for our lake. Cutting the watershed into political pieces doesn't help. How wonderful if a new RTO could help bring us all together!

You are so right, Johanna. Lake Simcoe is huge and is often viewed as a barrier between communities within the watershed. For those of us who work to help the watershed heal itself, we struggle to make the lake a connector to a wonderful vision for our lake. Cutting the watershed into political pieces doesn't help. How wonderful if a new RTO could help bring us all together!
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