The origins of the 7th Annual Celebrate Lake Simcoe held this year on July 22, 2017 are nothing short of honourable. Held yearly since 2010, the festival began as a simple lakeside dinner – a generous gift from Founder Beverley Else. Participants were invited to enjoy the beauty of and the grandeur that is Lake Simcoe. The years following saw the Festival grow to encompass Environmental partners; War of 1812 bicentennial Military re-enactors (2012) the first-ever Lake Simcoe Swim (2014), sponsored by Canaqua Sports; a Floating Water Festival (2014) and the first-ever ‘Sailabration’ (2015), in collaboration with Cook Bay Yacht Club.
Since 2010, Celebrate Lake Simcoe has provided residents of and visitors to the Town of Innisfil a series of ‘firsts’. This year’s Festival promises another first! In collaboration with Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Celebrate Lake Simcoe is pleased to announce the first-ever Pow Wow in the Town of Innisfil. A significant cultural celebration, this one-day Pow Wow offers visitors the opportunity to learn about and participate in First Nations ceremonies, share and celebrate aboriginal culture, shop the artisan market and enjoy fabulous food!Beginning with a sunrise ceremony honouring the water and the Lake, followed by the fourth annual Lake Simcoe swim, in collaboration with Canaqua Ontario, with 1K, 3K and 5K races, the not-to-be- missed Pow Wow grand entry starts at 12noon. We are honoured to welcome Master of Ceremonies Beedahsiga Elliot, Host Drum Smoketrail and Head Dancers Lee Benson from Rama First Nation and Abby Carpenter from Six Nations.
From 10:30am to 3:30pm we again welcome environmental, conservation and community partners who provide education and activities for the public. In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, festival visitors are invited to participate in the ‘Lake Simcoe Engage 150’ – discover and share 150 ways we all can positively impact the lake.
Celebrate Lake Simcoe focuses on families, adults and seniors. Its aim is to bring residents, cottagers and visitors closer to the lake, to give them a better understanding about how to live with the lake and within the watershed to the benefit of both people and nature. We show the lake as it is today: how we live, work and play on the lake, environmental challenges and current solutions to these challenges. We showcase a vision of the lake in the future: featuring future environmental solutions and communities and nature living together in harmony.
The history of Celebrate Lake Simcoe is a wonderful story of growth, community engagement and enthusiasm.
To learn more about Celebrate Lake Simcoe, being held at Innisfil Beach Park on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 please visit , visit and like our Facebook page, contact us at The Festival runs from 5:30am to 5:00pm. Innisfil Beach Park is open and accessible, with on-site parking and washroom facilities. Food vendors and craft artisans will be present from 12noon to 5pm. Admission is free with a food bank donation. All proceeds to Innisfil Community Church. We encourage visitors to bring their own chairs and blankets. Enjoy the day!