Orillia


Make plan ahead, book ahead your mantra for travel this summer. Before leaving home, call ahead and reserve accommodation, make reservations at restaurants and check out the hours of operation at all businesses. Visiting websites and using social media is another good way to stay on top of current information.

This lovely waterfront city is the urban hub of Orillia and Lake Country. One of its most striking features is that its scenic and eclectic downtown is just a short walk away from the waterfront.  The downtown core has its own unique vibe, with annual Streets Alive themed outdoor artwork, shops and restaurants ranging from the iconic Mariposa Market to the Peter Street Arts District to the Orillia Opera House to Era 67, where the dining experience focuses on locally sourced, organic and sustainable ingredients. Dine in (reservations recommended) or pick up takeout from here or your choice of restaurants for a feast with the family at Centennial Park on the shores of Lake Couchiching, your back deck or on a blanket under a shady tree. Check in at historical French’s Food Stand – this business has been serving up fries and other summer delectable for over 100 years.
 
The Lightfoot Trail System (named after Canadian singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot) is a regional trail system, incorporating the Millennium Trail which runs along the shoreline of Lake Couchiching.  The Leacock Museum, located on Brewery Bay, and easily accessed from the Millennium Trail, added an outdoor exhibit in 2020. A self-guided walking tour of the grounds starts at the front steps of the Museum and features 20 points of interest throughout the property. 
 
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