Lagoon City, Ontario is a boater’s paradise on Lake Simcoe comprised of – you guessed it – a series of lagoons. But chances are, you haven’t heard of it. This place keeps a low profile and probably for good reason – the people who live here want to keep it their little secret.
Lagoon City is an urban planning marvel and the 1960s brainchild of Hungarian engineer Andrew Zsolt. It’s a canal-side community with a mix of single-family homes and condos complete with a marina, sailing club and easy access to Lake Simcoe. I would describe it as a modern Venice, Italy or an alligator-less Fort Lauderdale.
My friend and fellow paddler, Alison, and I had seen a few pictures of this mysterious place and couldn’t let another summer go by without checking it out by paddle board. In late September this year, we made the hour and a half trek from Toronto to Lagoon City.
The friendly staff at the Lagoon City marina (Pride Marina Group) allowed us to use the main boat ramp to drop our boards in. From there, we explored the numerous lagoons with apt names like Turtle Lagoon and Windward Lagoon and were greeted by friendly local Lagoon City residents.
Lagoon City is a great place for beginner SUPers as the water is much calmer than being out on the often windy Lake Simcoe. A note of caution, however, the canals can get quite congested with boat traffic so make sure to always give the right of way to boats and stay to the right.
We topped off our tour of the lagoons with a stop at the patio at the Knight’s Inn, a hotel with a decent restaurant and questionable decor located directly on the canal. We were able to hop off our paddleboards right onto a dock located directly in front of the restaurant for a local Barrie-made pint of Flying Monkeys beer. Can’t get much better!