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Wilcox Lake, Richmond Hill

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. There is a craft brewery named after Wilcox Lake called Lake Wilcox Brewing Co. located in Vaughan. Est March 17, 2015
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  • Lots of people here with their families. There is a large lake and plenty of spots to take photos. The leave are beautiful right now but I think this would be good even in the winter. There is a large...  more »
  • It is a great park to take a walk and even just to relax on one of the benches. People use it to run, practice tai chi or just walk. There are people that brings kayaks and go to the water. I just lik...  more »
  • Every morning walk overlooking the Wilcox lake everyday is very relaxing.The view of the lake is very serene and spending weekend with family specially the playground where children can enjoy all day.  more »

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