Orillia and Lake Country

Orillia and Lake Country

Once famous for its lumber production and shipbuilding, Orillia and Lake Country are now known for outdoor recreation, history, culture and lakeside living.

Commonly known as the Sunshine City, Orillia boasts extensive waterfront trails and parks, a thriving arts and culture scene and a charming historic downtown teeming with excellent shopping and dining choices.

Orillia’s surrounding Lake Country is a magnet for water sports, fishing, cottaging and swimming. The waterways connect to the historic Trent-Severn Waterway and sailboats, motorboats and houseboats fill the port and harbour.

Map of Orillia and Lake Country

Where is Orillia and Lake Country?

Orillia sits at the northern tip of Lake Simcoe, at the point where it pours into Lake Couchiching. Highway 11 to reach Orillia is about a 30 minute drive north of Barrie along Highway 11 and approximately two hours north of Toronto via Highway 400.

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Things to do in Orillia and Lake Country

Spend time at a beach park

During summer, the six-hectare Couchiching Beach Park is the place to be with a sandy beach, aqua theatre, flower gardens and plenty of picnic tables.

Go ice fishing

Summer Dream Ice Fishing provides visitors with heated ice huts located in different spots on the West Shore of Lake Couchiching, perfect for fishing local varieties such as pike.

Check out the farmers’ market

Shop for freshly baked goods and local products all year round at the Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market.

Enjoy local cuisine

The Common Stove is one of the best restaurants in Orillia known for its great menu options.

Visit Stephen Leacock Museum

Learn about beloved Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock at the Leacock Museum National Historic Site, which was his former home.

Hit the adventure trails

Explore ski and mountain biking trails for all levels at Hardwood Ski and Bike.

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Last updated: February 16, 2024

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