By: Jim Bamboulis
I like to travel very spontaneously. So much so that often times when I hit the road, I don’t know what my destination is until the morning of. On this day, I felt like driving north of Toronto. I looked at a map to get some ideas. Saw Lagoon City, a coastal town on the east end of Lake Simcoe. Looked closer and noticed winding canals. Confused and intrigued, I thought I was looking at a map of Venice, Italy.
Turns out, I was looking at the Venice of Ontario. Only 1 1/2 hours from Toronto. Started driving and arrived amazed.
Lagoon City is one of many towns that make up the township of Ramara. An official Canadian Resort village, it has a small town feel, mixed with a bit of Floridian vibe. Friendly people, beautiful homes and surrounded by water and boats.
Homes here are connected to 10 miles of lagoons which are in turn connected to Lake Simcoe and the Trent River waterway. It makes for an incredible sight and worthy of a walk around the town.
Of course, there are plenty of spots along all sides of Lake Simcoe to enjoy the outdoors. The water is exceptional in many spots and often very shallow. Lagoon City is one of those places that centres around those who boat and enjoy the ‘dockominium’ type of lifestyle.
But you don’t have to know anyone living in Lagoon City to enjoy it. There’s a great beach and a hotel so that you can stay a while, eat, play and swim.
Lagoon City is an amazing day trip, a chance to see a place in Ontario that you may not have experienced before. It’s really very picturesque and worth the trip. This part of Ontario is truly a wonderland when it comes to things to see and do. There are several golf courses, Provincial Parks such as Sibbald Point and Mara, Casino Rama is in the area and if you love ice cream, you can’t beat Kawartha Dairy, home to some of the best ice cream in Canada.
Have you been to Lagoon City and surrounding area? Do you have something to share that we may have missed? Let us know!