Ice Fishing On Lake Simcoe And Tubing Down The ROC, A Winter’s Day in Central Counties

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Fly fishing, ocean fishing, and lake fishing, I’ve done them all, but I’ve never been ice fishing until today. One of the main winter draws to the town of Georgina is ice fishing on Lake Simcoe. Who knew a frozen lake could provide so much entertainment for men, women and families from all over the region. This is not the only “winter sport” on my to-do list for the day, though. My afternoon will be filled with screams of laughter and joy as I whizz down the slopes of The ROC in a winter tube. My staycation at The Briars is involving a bit more than pool and spa time for me. It’s a full day of winter awesomeness and it is just one hour north of Toronto.

Ice Fishing on Lake Simcoe

Even though I don’t eat much seafood I have many fond memories of fishing with my grandparents so I am very excited to check this adventure off of my bucket list. My French Canadian Grandfather would be so proud of me as I’m sure he did this many times growing up as a young boy.

The adventure starts with Mike McCue of Snake Island Fish Huts making sure we all have warm clothes, proper footwear and have signed the standard waiver form. Then it is off to fish. Our transportation out onto the lake is in a hut pulled behind a snowmobile. I feel a little anxious but we are in very safe and experienced hands.

Transportation to the Ice Fishing huts on Lake Simcoe

Each hut holds four people comfortably so the group I am with split up into a couple of different huts. The first one we stop at has a block of ice beside the hut to show how thick the ice actually is. On this day the ice is over 13 inches thick. That is thick enough for me to feel safe.

This is the Ice Fishing hut

Ice fishing huts on Lake Simcoe

Our hut is actually cosier and warmer than I expected. There is a propane tank attached to a Coleman stove inside the hut helps to heat and cook meals for those that plan a long stay in the hut.

Inside the ice fishing hut looking down through the cut

Once inside we grab the small rods, attach the bait and drop our lines into the lake. Here fishy fishy.

Looking down into Lake Simcoe for fish

Jigging for fish

I have to be honest and admit that the hut I was in wasn’t too successful in catching fish. The other hut filled with friends, on the other hand, snagged 5 perch. I think they were more successful because they may have actually fished while I spent my time chatting with my friends and enjoying a Steam Whistle or two. That is really what fishing is all about anyway right?

Steam Whistle in the snow while ice fishing on Lake Simcoe

Ice fishing – DONE! Now onto the rest of my adventurous afternoon in Georgina. A brief stop back at The Briars to change clothes have a dip in the pool and a quick bite to eat then we head up to The ROC (aka recreational outdoor centre).

The slope is ready at The ROC for winter tubing

This sport is about as basic and easy as can be. Any skill level can do this. If you can bend down and get up from a sitting position on the floor you can winter tube!

Grab a tube and lets slide

Step 1 – pick your tube. I chose blue of course.

Step 2 – take the escalator up to the top of the hill.

Step 3 – sit in the tube and get ready to slide.

Step 4 – repeat step 2 & 3.

An escalator takes you to the top of the hill

Check out my video of the fun.

Now it is time to head back to The Briars for one of their fantastic dinners. Afterwards, I’ll turn on the fireplace and settle into a good book before I fall asleep.

Thanks for the winter fun!

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Disclosure: General

Thanks to York Durham Headwaters Tourism, Ontario Travel and the Briars for hosting me on this trip. Views and opinions are 100% my own.


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Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

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