We all know paddling is fun, great exercise and as tranquil or exciting as you choose to make it. We here in Simcoe County would like to help you push off from shore!

Simcoe County hosts some of the best paddling opportunities in both Southern and Central Ontario. Whether you crave vast expanses of open water or want to explore meandering rivers, there is something for every paddler.

Nottawasaga River:  Dip your paddle into the historic waters of the Nottawasaga River, where warriors, voyageurs, missionaries, soldiers, and explorers once travelled. The main branch of the Nottawasaga River is 121 kilometres long, dropping 300 metres from its source the Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment to its mouth at Wasaga Beach. With the Notty passing through Simcoe County, what better way to spend a sunny afternoon than to paddle?

Wasaga Beach:  This world famous 14 kilometre white sandy beach is known for its warm, clean waters and panoramic mountain views across Nottawasaga Bay. Paddlers can hug the shoreline if you seek calmer waters or paddle further out if you’re more experienced. Wasaga Beach is sandy and shallow so a general rule is to stay within a 4 foot depth and if you get tired, you can always walk back to shore.

Heart of Georgian Bay:  With its Georgian Bay coastline and rich history as the province’s first European settlement, this region has long been a natural destination for tourists. In the Heart of Georgian Bay on 3,000 acres of National & Provincial Wildlife Area, your natural adventure begins at Wye Marsh. Experience the unique opportunity to head off the beaten path and onto the secluded marsh channels that are home to the painted turtles, bullfrogs, red winged blackbirds and river otters.

Ontario’s Lake Country: Throughout Orillia and area you can find countless scenic and picturesque waterways that vary in difficulty for paddlers of all levels of experience. Several routes have been developed for everyone to enjoy. Ontario’s Lake Country truly lives up to its name; surrounded by Lake Couchiching, Lake Simcoe and the Trent Severn Waterway. Get out on the water and paddle Lake Country!

New to paddling? Local operators like Free Spirit Tours or Eagle Adventures can provide you with a guided day of kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddle boarding from mild to wild trips.

Have fun and be prepared! Paddlers within Simcoe County are encouraged to check water conditions before heading out. Remember paddle safe and paddle smart.

From Georgian Bay to Lake Simcoe, Trent Severn Waterway to the Nottawasaga River — you’re going to have an unforgettable experience. Experience the connection with nature, Experience Simcoe County!