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Wilcox Lake, Richmond Hill

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Wilcox Lake is both a kettle lake and a community within Oak Ridges, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. The lake measures 1.5 kilometers across and covers 55.6 hectares, making it the largest kettle lake on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Lake Wilcox, Lake St. George and their associated wetlands form a "provincially significant wetland".The lake is named after William Willcocks, who was a merchant and became mayor of Cork, Ireland in 1793. Willcocks and his family moved to Upper Canada, where his cousin Peter Russell became interim administrator after the departure of John Graves Simcoe in 1796. Willcocks "was an active land speculator" who acquired significant holdings in Upper Canada, including 800acres surrounding the lake. The name of the lake was originally Lake Willcocks, but it was corrupted over time to its present spelling.A community of the same name is established around the lake.CommunityWilcox Lake is a local community located within Oak Ridges. The local community has an elementary school; Lake Wilcox elementary school, the Lake Wilcox Community Centre, as well as a number of local parks; Sunset Beach Park and Brickworks Parks being most popular. The local community has come together through a number of tragedies, including the death of a local mother, Terri Callaway on North Lake Road, and two local teens who accidentally drowned in the lake in 2008.
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  • The recent revitalization of Lake Wilcox and the construction of the boardwalk and playground and waterpark makes this a wonderful area for families. It does get very busy on the weekend in the summer...  more »
  • My wife and I took the kids there one summer evening, I had no swim shorts but I saw many others diving in, I couldn't resist so I jumped in with my underwear and I loved it. The place is nice and qui...  more »
  • Visited the lake in early December with my elderly parents for a short walk and noticed that the lake is not frozen yet! Ducks and Seaguls were swimming and surrounded us as we got close (people feed ...  more »