Georgina was named in honor of King George III by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe in the late 1790s. The earliest land grants were to retired military officers and veterans of the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic Wars, followed by wealthy merchants and English landholders. Early homesteads were therefore similar to British estates. Over the years, Georgina developed into a playground for nearby city dwellers who came to vacation at Lake Simcoe, and a source of inspiration to writers like Stephen Leacock, Mazo de la Roche, Peter Gzowski, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Coopers' Goat & Veggy Farm
266 Ashwort Rd., Zephyr, ON, L0E 1J0
Farm Fresh vegetables and family fun. The Best Sweet Corn Ever, Supersweet Strawberries all summer and fall, Amazing Melons, and many other fantastically fresh vegetables. They also have a meat goat herd of 300+ head. Uxbridge Maize, a 10 acre corn labyrinth, the GTA's best corn maze! Take a farm tour, and shop at their farm store.
Sibbald Point Provincial Park
905-722-7587 or 905-722-5416
26071 York Rd., Sutton West, ON, L0E 1R0
Situated on a 19th century lakeside estate, the 1835 Eildon Hall built by Susan Sibbald, bringing Old World luxury to the Canadian wilderness. Tour the family manor and visit St. George's Church, the family church, near the shore. Enjoy the sandy beaches, boat launch and docks, grassy picnic areas, forested hiking trails and activities for children. The park store is open from May until September. The park has 604 campsites with fireplaces & picnic tables, and 284 have electrical outlets.
Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery
905-722-9587 Fax: 905-722-9589
149 High St., Sutton West, L0E 1R0
The Arts Centre gallery presents at least 12 different artists every year, and features its private Smith/Chiarandini collection. Bruce Smith, a highly respected artist, was a student of Albert Chiarandini's who painted with the Group of Seven. Art classes and workshops are offered for all ages and levels. The gift shopsells unique gifts and local art.
Georgina Island First Nation
705-437-1337 Fax 705-437-4597
PO Box 12, R.R. #2 Sutton West, L0E 1R0
The Chippewas of Georgina are a proud and progressive First Nation. Georgina has a population of 680 Chippewas, living on 1357 hectares (3354 acres), and are led by Chief Donna Big Canoe. The island's seclusion compares nicely to the hectic lifestyle on the mainland.
3961 Old Homestead Rd, Sutton, L0E 1R0
Fresh picked or pick-your-own, apple cider, maple syrup, honey, baking and jam. Open Thur-Sunday from Labour Day weekend
705-437-1953 Fax: 705-437-1953
8597 Old Shiloh Rd, Pefferlaw, L0E 1N0
A family-owned and operated business with a variety of home-grown all-natural fruits and vegetables, using minimal pesticide and a non-toxic plant food that is environmentally safe and provides superior nutrition. Produce includes cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, beans, beets, carrots, sweet corn, cucumber, garlic, gourds, lettuce, onions, sugar snap peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, zucchini. Open: June 20 to October 8, Mon-Sat 10 am to 8 pm Produce is sold in-season. Call for availability.
Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
1-800-465-0437 Fax: 905-967-1265
120 Bayview Pkwy, Newmarket, L3Y 4X1
We invite you to pursue a wide range of recreational opportunities in the conservation areas within the Lake Simcoe watershed. By picnicking, hiking, fishing and cross country skiing in these areas you can experience-first hand-the benefits of a healthy environment. Year round hiking opportunities exist in the following conservation areas: Scalon Creek, Thornton Bales, Sheppard's Bush, Rogers Reservoir, Beaver River Wetlands.