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Simcoe County is considered by many to be Ontario's four-season outdoor playground. Amazonians can enjoy breathtaking views, a vibrant arts and culture community, walking trails, parks, marinas, shopping and dining, and a variety of entertainment ranging from a world class show at Casino Rama to local theatre performances.

Simcoe County has extensive waterfront access for its residents. Lake Simcoe, the largest lake in Ontario, is located along the eastern edge of the County and some anglers claim that Lake Simcoe has the best ice fishing in North America.

The western edge of the County is surrounded by Georgian Bay, part of Lake Huron, and features crystal clear water. Simcoe County boast the longest freshwater beach in the world, where residents take out the paddle board prior to work or go windsurfing after their short commute home. Most residents live within a short distance of water access allowing them the opportunity to enjoy all-season activities on the lakes. The County is home to more 60 marinas and is part of the Trent-Severn in-land Waterway, allowing boaters to access the St. Lawrence Seaway.


Friday Harbour is North America’s largest inland marina, boasting 239 hectares of development and over $1.5-billion in investment.  Friday Harbour is a “new urbanist” style resort for residents and visitors to enjoy in Simcoe County.

Simcoe County is a nature lover's dream. Thousands of kilometres of all-season trails, seven provincial parks, one national park, and more than 33,000 acres of County-owned forest make sure that the outdoorsperson has a new adventure each weekend. The County is home to three ski resorts, providing learning opportunities for the beginner or a challenge for the expert. The County is also home to Hardwood Ski and Bike, an all-season family-oriented facility offering cross country skiing, snowshoeing and mountain biking, and hosts international mountain bike competitions such as the 2015 Pan American Games.

Throughout the year, the County has numerous festivals and special events.  Simcoe County's festivals are considered among the top in Ontario, including the Mariposa Folk Festival, the Alliston Potato Festival, Carrot Fest, Collingwood Elvis Festival, First Light, Steam Punk and Kempenfest.


Simcoe County has a wide range of attainable housing options for everyone - from rental properties and starter homes to single family dwellings and resort living by the water.

Health care in Simcoe County

Citizens and permanent residents in Ontario can access universal health-care services under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Simcoe County residents have access to numerous health care facilities including six hospitals, medical centres, specialized health-care services, social services, long-term care facilities and beyond.

  • Welcome Amazon

    Simcoe County welcomes Amazon to our region.

  • Skills & Talent Support

    Amazon will find a diverse and growing workforce with the talent, knowledge and skill sets required to succeed in Simcoe County.

  • Transportation & Logistics

    Simcoe County provides easy to use public transportation systems, along with high capacity road network, that is critical to Amazon’s success.

  • Quality of Place

    As well as being a great place to live and work, Simcoe County is Ontario’s four-season outdoor playground.

  • More Business Advantages

    Additional key advantages that make Canada, Ontario and Simcoe County a top destination choice for investment.

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