Simcoe was Named for John Graves Simcoe in 1795, the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Originally two separate hamlets, the current downtown started as Birdtown, named by William Bird, who settled in the early 1800s. The north end of town, currently known as “the Queensway”, was originally called Theresaville (in honour of Robert Nichol’s wife), as it grew around Aaron Culver’s saw and grist mill in the 1820s. When the post office was established in 1829, Culver’s suggestion of Simcoe was approved.
A Canadian went into a Tom Horton’s and noticed there was a “Roll Up The Rim To Win” Contest. So, he rolled up the rim of his coffee and started yelling, “I’ve won a motorhome! I’ve won a motorhome!” The girl at the counter said, “That’s impossible. The biggest prize is a car.” The person shouted, “No, it’s not a mistake. I’ve won a motorhome!” He handed the Cup to the girl who read: “W I N A B A G E L”