Jackson's Point - Ontario's first cottage country

A historic lakeside destination close to Toronto

Jackson’s Point takes its name from John Mills Jackson, who purchased the harbour land from the Bourchier family – the same family involved in the development of nearby historic Sutton

Jackson’s Point is a tourist haven and an easy-to-get-to destination for urbanites looking to escape the city and enjoy a lakeside experience. 

Before it became a “destination,” it was a lakeside farming community. By the end of the 19th century, estate manors became hotels and cottages became dance halls or restaurants. People would come by boat, train and trolley to their summer retreats that at one point cost only $40 per season or $1 for an overnight stay. Families could enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, golfing and other lakeside living activities. 

Historical Jackson's Point

Modern-day Jackson’s Point

Today, the village is still a popular destination for those looking to enjoy world-class golf, outdoor recreational activities and accommodations on Lake Simcoe. Many also come for day trips to Georgina’s beaches and the harbour. In the winter, ice fishers come from near and far to experience some of the best fishing in the world. You’ll find numerous ice fishing operators and accommodation options that cater to everyone who enjoys the sport, even those who have never tried it before. Aside from the tourism assets that bring people year-round, many dining establishments and shops are well-known staples in the area. Jackson’s Point is also home to different types of events including seasonal markets and the Painted Perch Festival.   

In the centre of the village, Jackson’s Point Parkette is a common gathering space for local events and musical talent. History enthusiasts can set out on foot referencing a Jackson’s Point Walking Tour map to explore what once was and how the area has evolved over time.

Jackson's Point Parkette

York Region’s only harbour on Lake Simcoe

In its beginning, the harbour was home to Lake Simcoe Ice Company, which transported ice to Toronto and beyond. Over the years, it was also home to the renowned boat company, Grew Boats and then Bonnie Boats. The harbour area is evolving with the construction of York Region’s new marine unit and the opportunities being presented in the Town of Georgina’s Waterfront Parks Master Plan. The Waterfront Parks Master Plan aims to enhance the harbour beyond its current 50-slips, beach and park infrastructure to a modernized attraction for residents and tourists. 

Jackson Point Harbour

Where to stay in Jackson’s Point

Historical Jackson's Point

In the early 1900s, when the area became a go-to destination, there were numerous accommodations, such as the Raleigh Inn, the Lake View House and the Simcoe Hotel – now the Lake Simcoe Arms Pub. Though they all do not stand today, Jackson’s Point remains a tourism hotspot with the most tourist accommodations in Georgina.  

For tourists looking for luxury accommodations, a golf getaway or a place to celebrate momentous life occasions, the Briars Resort and Spa fits the bill. The resort dates back to 1840, when it was built as a Regency-style manor by the Bourchier family. In 1878, it was purchased by the Sibbald family, who turned it into a successful hospitality business. Over the years, it has evolved into a five-star resort and renowned golf course that continues to attract many out-of-town visitors, including celebrities, to the area. 

Jackson’s Point Ramada Resort and Spa is another great getaway location with views that are hard to beat. Being on the water, next to the Jackson’s Point Harbour, the newly constructed lighthouse is a breathtaking backdrop – one that is admired by all who visit. 

Georgina welcomes you to experience Jackson’s Point’s four-season, historic charm and recreation activities. For detailed tourism information and a full list of accommodations, visit georgina.ca.

Contact Us

26557 Civic Centre Rd,
Keswick, ON  L4P 3G1

T: 905-476-4301 / 705-437-2210
F: 905-476-8100

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.