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Wilcox Lake, Richmond Hill

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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 Lake Wilcox park is quite an amazing place for families and kids. Splash pads and picnic areas. On busy days, parking is a bit of an issue, but there is an overflow lot just north of the park. On ...  read more »
  • The place is over run by huge families having picnics, Great if you wish to pretend you be Alladin in middle of the Kazbah, eh? 
  • I teach local scuba diving here sometimes and it is so quiet. I do visit also during sunsets and winter. Great for photo ops and just to unwind. 
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