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The township of Brock, Ontario, is 95 kilometres northeast of Toronto on Lake Simcoe’s eastern shores with part of the Trent-Severn Waterway winding through the area. Brock real estate is largely rural with the communities of Sunderland, Beaverton and Carrington being the urban hubs. Brock is also referred to as the Gateway to the North in Durham Region.
The downtown areas of Sunderland, Beaverton and Cannington harbor many of Brock’s heritage homes. These homes exhibit influences from Victorian and Edwardian styles along with early 1920s workman’s cottage styles. Older homes go back to mid-to-late 1800s while newer construction of contemporary ranch homes and split-level bungalows were built in the 1960s to the present. The newer homes are single detached homes on large lots that may be in rural, suburban or shoreline locations.
The area is served by five public schools including one French immersion, all managed by the Durham Region District School Board and the Durham Region Catholic District School Board. There is one high school serving Brock families while post-secondary options include the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College.
Easy access to Lake Simcoe means that fishing is a major pastime all year in Brock. Fishing guides and boat charters abound in the summer while ice fishing is a major winter sport. Golf enthusiasts will like the challenging courses at Simcoe Shores and Country Club and Beaverton’s Cedarhurst Golf and Country Club.
Brock residents congregate at Centennial Park which features a basketball court, skateboard facilities, children’s playground, beach volleyball courts and picnic grounds. Additionally, Brock’s three community centres provide venues for ice skating, baseball, tennis and free play. Nature trails wind through the area with some of these cycling, hiking and skiing paths forming part of the Trans Canada Trail. Winter trails form part of the trail network for the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.
Brock has a thriving arts community with seasonal performances, summer camps and art shows. The Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival and the Beaverton Winter Carnival are among the biggest annual events. Meantime, history is alive and well-preserved at heritage museums in Beaverton, Cannington and Sunderland. Artifacts include genealogy records going back to pioneer families as well as log cabins and historic homes.
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