Simcoe, Ontario

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Not to be confused with Simcoe County.
Simcoe, Ontario
Unincorporated Community in Norfolk County
Governor Simcoe Square - Main Offices of Norfolk County
Governor Simcoe Square - Main Offices of Norfolk County
Simcoe, Ontario is located in Southern Ontario
Simcoe, Ontario
Simcoe, Ontario
Location in southern Ontario
Coordinates: 42°50′0″N 80°18′0″W / 42.83333°N 80.30000°W / 42.83333; -80.30000
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Established 1795
Amalgamated 2001 (Single-tier municipality)
 • Mayor Dennis Travale
 • Governing Body The Council of The Corporation of Norfolk County
 • MPs Diane Finley (Con)
 • MPPs Toby Barrett (PC)
Elevation 224 m (735 ft)
Population (2011) 14,777
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span N3Y
Area code(s) 519 and 226

Simcoe is an unincorporated community and town in Southwestern Ontario, Canada located near Lake Erie. It is the county seat and largest community of Norfolk County.[1] Simcoe is located at the junction of Highway 3, at Highway 24, due south of Brantford, and accessible to Hamilton by nearby Highway 6.

Simcoe was founded in 1795 by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe.[2] Simcoe was incorporated as the Corporation of the Town of Simcoe in 1878 and had its own town council and mayor until amalgamation into Norfolk County.

Community and culture[edit]

Typical display of lights at the Simcoe Christmas Panorama.

A notable landmark is the Norfolk County Memorial Tower, which commemorates the lives of Canadians who died for Canada in conflicts overseas.[3] The Memorial Tower overlooks scenic Wellington Park, a public greenspace that includes walking paths and a waterway system with a small lake, close to the downtown core.

The only operating alligator tugboat remaining in the world, the W.D. Stalker, is located in Simcoe.[4]

Simcoe has its own radio station, 98.9 My FM, and two newspapers: The Simcoe Reformer and the NYCA Hub.

Major local festivals include the Rotary-sponsored Friendship Festival on the Civic Holiday Weekend in August, the Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show in October, and the Simcoe Christmas Panorama.

In 2010, Simcoe was one of the communities in Canada through which the Olympic torch travelled while going from its home base in Athens, Greece to Vancouver for the 21st Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Notable churches in the area include St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Emmanuel Bible Church, Trinity Anglican Church, and the Calvary Church.

Housing and neighbourhoods[edit]

Many of Simcoe's buildings feature the International style of architecture; typical of the period between 1920 and 1950[5] while some older residential buildings make use of the Gothic Revival style of architecture.[6]

Modern subdivisions surround the downtown core and business area.

Transportation and tourism[edit]

Simcoe is served by a modern road system. Ontario Highway 24 (travelling North/South) intersects with Ontario Highway 3 (travelling East/West). in the northern end of the town.

A local bus transit program is centred around Simcoe, and helps to serve the major communities of Norfolk County.[7]

A golf and country club was established in Simcoe by Duncan Campbell, in 1895. It exists today as the Norfolk County Golf and Country Club. It is a modern, 9-hole course, located in the heart of the town. It is open to the public.


There are many employers engaged in pursuits which benefit the area, some examples being light manufacturing, financial services, along with retail services, hospitality, general specialty shops for clothing and consumer goods, and other commercial enterprise typical of towns similar to Simcoe. Agriculture and the employment it provides continues to be important to the area.

2600 people have officially joined the Norfolk County workforce between June 2012 and June 2013.[8]


Simcoe is home to the Norfolk General Hospital; the only general hospital in Norfolk County.



Holy Trinity Catholic High School (within the BHNCDSB) and Simcoe Composite School (within the Grand Erie District School Board) are both located in Simcoe.

Post Secondary[edit]

Fanshawe College's James N. Allen Campus. Georgian College's Barrie, Orillia, & Midland Campuses. Lake Head University Orillia Campus. Liaison Barrie Campus. CTSCCC Barrie Campus. Laurentian University Barrie Campus. Everest Barrie Campus. Collège Boréal Greater Sudbury Campus.

Notable persons[edit]





Simcoe generally belongs to the humid continental climate zone when compared to most of the world's climate zones.


  1. ^ See Norfolk County, Ontario
  2. ^ "Southern Ontario Tourism: Simcoe, Ontario". Southern Ontario Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  3. ^ Canadian Encyclopedia Monuments, World Wars I and II
  4. ^ Alligator of the North, Barrett Harry, and Clarence Coons
  5. ^ International Building Style at Ontario Architecture
  6. ^ Architecture: Ontario/New York at Thousand Islands Life
  7. ^ Make public transit a top priority at
  8. ^ Daniel Pearce (June 2013). "Optimism being felt in Norfolk". Simcoe Reformer. Retrieved June 2013. 
  9. ^ Danko is interred at Woodstock Cemetery, New York State.
  10. ^ Brother of Rick Danko. Both Dankos were born in the hamlet of Green's Corners which is immediately outside of Simcoe; see Rick Danko.
  11. ^ See Canadian Pop Encyclopedia, Biography of Terry Danko;
  12. ^ Davidson is interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. See Margo Davidson Obituary, Ferris Funeral Homes, Simcoe;
  13. ^ Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1961-1990 for Simcoe, accessed 18 March 2012

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