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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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  • It is a beautiful park by the lake, amazing landscape combine with best of the nature and with the waters of the lake gives to us a great place to walk or hike. Nice stones, and equally nice placed sh...  more »
  • I watched this area around Lake Wilcox develop from a little travelled gravel road around a lake into the most cleverly designed park I could ever imagine!! It has two paths side by side that follow t...  more »
  • The shores of Lake Wilcox have been transformed into a beautiful boardwalk adorned with interesting art work that blends into the landscape and enhances the natural habitat of the waters edges. A huge...  more »