Simcoe County is located in the central portion of Southern Ontario, Canada. The county is just north of the Greater Toronto Area, stretching from the shores of Lake Simcoe in the east to Georgian Bay in the west. Simcoe County forms part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe area, a densely populated and industrialized region centred on the Greater Toronto Area.
The land area of the county is 4,668.70 square kilometres (1,802.60 sq mi). The elevated Niagara Escarpment runs through sections of the western part of the county and the Minesing Wetlands, a Ramsar Convention Wetland Of International Importance, is located in the central area of the county. The population is approx. 450,000.
Simcoe County began as a French Exploration community in the late 1700's. Several historic sites, including Carhagouha and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, mark the earliest known contacts between the area's traditional Huron population and French missionaries. The Huron capital, Ossossané, was at one time the largest aboriginal settlement in all of North America outside Mexico.
The District was restructured in 1845, changing its composition to the following 24 townships:
Simcoe County is a collection of small communities mostly rural. You will find more Farming style homes both old and new. Most homes are Victorian Detached, Ranch style bungalows and traditional modern detached. Most lots are very large offering space for each property. Many properties are found on ponds, lakes, rivers and greenspace. Great soil in this area for farming or private home gardens. You will still find well lots in this area.
Orillia would be the urban centre of Simcoe County on Lake Coucheching. Her you will find the traditional urban properties such as condos, townhouses, semis and detached.
If privacy and quiet is what you are looking for this is a great place to live.
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