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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. 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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  • Lake Wilcox is the most amazing site in all of York Region, which includes Richmond Hill! They have recently completed a full upgrade of the public areas surrounding at least 1/4 of the lake. This lak...  more »
  • I often paddleboard on Lake Wilcox. The scenery is beautiful, the lake is calm. But like all Kettle lakes, the water quality can be an issue. The last time I went, my paddle board came back smelling r...  more »
  • There are not many places in this area which are free to enter, free to park and cater for families as well as those wanting a walk and a little more quiet, so Lake Wilcox stands out. I'm surprised to...  more »

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