Destination guide

Escaping Toronto in Lake Simcoe

Make a splash in Ontario's lake country by booking Lake Simcoe vacation rentals this season. This pretty dash of water less than an hour's drive north from Toronto has been drawing lovers of the outdoors for decades. They come by summer to whiz between the wooded bays on kayaks, to scuba beneath the surface, or to tour the historic locks of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Others come by winter to cast the ice-fishing rods, or to snowshoe through the trees. All-in-all, it's a chance to sample wilder Canada just a stone's throw from the metropolis.


Loads to explore in Lake Simcoe

Canoes at the ready, kayaks primed for action, Lake Simcoe awaits. This small body of water north of Toronto is one of the top outdoorsy hotspots within reach of the big city. It draws all manner of outdoorsy adventurer throughout the year, whether that mean Nordic skiers after bouts of fresh snowfall, or sport fishers when the sun's shining. Access to the Lightfoot Trail System of Orillia makes the place a veritable hiker's paradise, too, while cider farms and wineries beckon with tasting classes and tours back from the banks.


Book Lake Simcoe vacation rentals anytime

Lake Simcoe might get busier during the summer months of June, July, and August, but that doesn't mean it's always the best time to visit. Coming then will mean the hottest temperatures for hitting the beaches around Barrie, or boating over the lake, but the sultry days tend to start as early as May and continue on until September, too. A winter trip also promises to be an experience. You can come between December and March to snowshoe through the woods in complete seclusion, or watch ice fishers ply their trade.

Natural features

On the doorstep of wild Ontario in Lake Simcoe

Lake Simcoe is like a stepping stone between the Muskoka lakes and the sprawl of suburban Toronto. It sits just north of the metropolis, spreading out with its sloshing waters and little islets before the earnest start of the Huron bays. Its own banks are dressed in woodland and come spotted with beaches here and there, and there are countless other worthy reserves in the nearby region. Just take the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands to the north, a land where American black bears and beavers can be seen amid the rocky riverbeds.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Simcoe?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Simcoe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kawartha Lakes: 364 vacation rentals
  • Georgian Bay: 1,994 vacation rentals
  • Orillia: 95 vacation rentals
  • Barrie: 106 vacation rentals
  • Georgina: 183 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Simcoe! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Simcoe?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Simcoe:

  • Kawartha Lakes: 364 rentals
  • Orillia: 95 rentals
  • Barrie: 106 rentals
  • Georgina: 183 rentals
  • Innisfil: 149 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Simcoe?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Simcoe. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Casino Rama: 195 rentals
  • Red Barn Theatre: 204 rentals
  • Orillia Community Centre Arena: 224 rentals
  • Duclos Point Provincial Nature Reserve: 167 rentals
  • Mara Provincial Park: 225 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Simcoe listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.