Lake Wilcox - park context, location and site photos

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QUICK FACTS

Surface area of 55.6 ha

Watershed area of 489.3 ha (including Lake St. George watershed)

Maximum depth of 17.4 m

Shoreline perimeter of 2.90 km

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Key Themes

Themes evolved from stakeholder and First Nations workshops and research. 


Cultural Heritage 

-Archeologicial 

- Settlement and Community 


Natural Heritage 

- Wildlife 

- Geology and Glaciers 

- Water

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Journey walkways

The Lake Wilcox Walkway is made of stone and aggregates.

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Granite boulders, cobblestone, limestone armourstone blocks and granite chip paving evoke the natural history of the kettle lake, the Oak Ridges Moraine and the glacier-carved site features.

There are even white-tailed deer, beaver, painted turtle, red fox and grey tree frog paw prints along the walkway.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL Gathering Area

Gathering Circle Planting and Turtle Sculpture

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"The snapping turtle called all the other animals to aid in saving the divine woman's life. The animals decided the woman needed earth to live on. Turtle said "Dive down in the water and bring up some earth"


So they did that, those animals. A beaver went down. A muskrat went down. Others stayed down too long, and they died.

Each time, Turtle looked inside their mouths when they came up, but there was no earth to be found.


Toad went under the water. He stayed too long, and nearly died. But when turtle looked inside Toad's mouth, he found a little earth. The woman took it and put it all around on Turtle's shell. That was the start of the earth."

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19th Century Settlement

Fun Fact

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Lake Wilcox was named after Colonel William Willcocks who was a pioneer in York, and in 1802 was Judge of the Home District Court. His daughter Phoebe, married William Warren Baldwin and their oldest son was Robert, born in 1804, who was later Attorney Governor for Upper Canada.

VISTAS - OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

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