Sunfish Lake is a small meromictic kettle lake located in the North-East corner of the Township of Wilmot, Region of Waterloo, Province of Ontario. It is a private lake wholly owned by the abutting property owners and, indeed, the property owners own the land covered by water personally or through their holding company unlike most of the lakes in Ontario.
The zoning is a mix of permanent year-round and seasonal usage. As it is located within a half a mile of the North-Westerly corner of the City of Waterloo and thus the large urban centre of Kitchener -Waterloo it is amazingly rural and bucolic. Indeed it is cherished by those who live there. The owners have agreed that there will be no motorized water-craft beyond small electric trolling motors and a Green Ecology without fertilizers or pesticides and such good practices as regular pump-outs and inspections of septic systems. Other small lakes in the area such as Paradise and Puslinch are bigger non-meromictic and used year round. They are also accessible by public roads.
There are 20 properties fronting on the lake and with the exception of those fronting on the public road at the southern end of the lake (Berletts Road ) all of the properties are accessed only by private roads. With the exception of a few, all are zoned seasonal use. Many are being upgraded now and could be used year long with foundations, insulation and improved septic systems and wells rather than using lake water.
In addition to non-power water sports like swimming and diving, canoeing, rowing in the summer there are those who fish (largely catch and release) of who have simple catamarans with small electric motors to drift around the lake . In winter there is skating on cleared areas, cross country skiing and snow shoeing and if you need exercise plenty of snow shoveling to keep the roads open. There are no power boats as they are too noisy and cause safety problems for swimmers and no hunting etc. as the zoning doesn’t permit it. Sailing of sunfish and other small craft is OK but the fact of being in a small bowl make for constantly shifting winds with very sort reaches.