Norfolk County and Ontario's Southcoast Communities

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Norfolk County, Ontario - LHIN 4 Site

On the Lynn Valley Trail

In the heart of Ontario's Southcoast, Norfolk County is situated between some of the provinces major urban centres including, Brantford, Hamilton, Kitchener and London. Distant from the hustle and bustle, but just a short drive away, Norfolk has all the amenities, attractions and luxuries one can enjoy. It is a community with a unique identity, offering something to appeal to all the senses. From its vast agricultural land to its beautiful Lake Erie shoreline, Norfolk is home to the Long Point World Biosphere and considered a National Forest Capital. As one of the largest counties in the province per square mile, Norfolk's 62,000 residents are spread out between some wonderful communities, including, Waterford, Port Rowan, Delhi, Port Dover and Simcoe, our municipal centre.

Simcoe is Norfolk County's largest urban area and home to many important industries. Unileaver is Canada's largest ice cream plant while Toyotetsu Canada produces auto parts across North America. There are several other leading corporations in the immediate area including, US Steel, Imperial Oil and Ontario Hydro. Simcoe's 15,000 residents can enjoy a lush park system, heritage sites, restaurants, shops, businesses and professional services, several hotels and motels, a full service hospital, theatre, radio station and daily newspaper. The Lynn Valley Trail is a favourite amongst hiking and cycling enthusiasts and connects Simcoe to Port Dover. Annual events include the Norfolk Musical Arts Festival (February), Ice Cream Festival (July), Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival (August), Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show (October) and Simcoe Christmas Panorama (November-December).

Comfortable, safe and affordable, Norfolk is a great place to raise a family. Education in the area is the responsibility of the Grand Erie School Board. In addition, Norfolk offers Catholic Education, a primary French Emersion School and continuing education through our Fanshawe College Campus. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in sports and recreation. Organized soccer is the fastest growing sport in the area amongst youth. There is an abundance of challenging golf courses and plenty of water sports to participate with friends and family while cottaging or relaxing on the beaches of Turkey Point. In the winter, you will find area arenas packed with figure skating clubs and hockey teams including our local Junior C Club, the Simcoe Storm. If you have never experienced ice fishing, Norfolk has plenty of opportunities in Port Rowan and Long Point.

Norfolk has gained a reputation as being a supportive community. There are several outstanding community organizations and service clubs including one of the largest contingents of Lions Clubs in the Country to be found in Simcoe. Citizens are very aware of global challenges and are proud to host the Erie Shores Wind Farm, one of the most advanced wind power developments in Ontario. We continue to monitor environmental impacts in our municipal planning and development.

There is never a shortage of activities or events to endure in Norfolk.  The Waterford Pumpkinfest is held each October and remains one of the top 50 festivals in the Province. The Norfolk County Fair is the fifth largest event of its kind and the oldest agricultural fair in the Province. It remains a family favourite during the Thanksgiving holidays. The Lighthouse Festival Theatre is located in the picturesque fishing community of Port Dover. It is highly recognized amongst the artistic community and offers a wide variety of colourful productions throughout the summer season to enjoy.

Port Dover is home to Summerfest and the famous Fish Festival (Perch and Pickerel). You'll find a number of fantastic restaurants, hot spots and friendly smiles. Along the lake, Turkey Point, Long Point or Port Dover boast an endless amount of activities, whether it be boating, camping in one of our many parks, sunbathing on the beach or enjoying live music on a patio.

Ontario's Southcoast welcomes you to explore the never-ending possibilities of Norfolk County. Hospitable, hard working and ready to welcome you to a place you can call home.

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