Roadtrip to Lake Simcoe

Jackson’s Point Harbour on Lake Simcoe is one of our favorite summer cruising destinations, so we did a roadtrip there this weekend. The small village of Jackson’s Point is the hub of some of the best ice-fishing in Ontario and is home to the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship, this year’s being the 19th annual.


Aside from private trucks and ATVs, these tracked “buses” shuffle fisherman far out on the ice to the fishing grounds. Most of the huts, hundreds of them, are privately owned but a lot are commercially rented by the day, night or on a several day basis.

It was a beautiful, warm and sunny, near-spring day, which unfortunately made for less than perfect photography as the entire lake and surrounding shoreline was shrouded in thick fog, produced by the sun’s heat over the cold lake ice. Erie if nothing else, as groups of fishermen on foot and the odd motorized vehicle emerged from the blanket of white.IMG21IMG22

This is the Georgina Island First Nation’s ferry boat laid up for the winter: