Orillia and Lake Country

Orillia and Lake Country

Once famous for its lumber production and shipbuilding, Orillia and Lake Country is now known for its perfect blend of outdoor recreation, history, culture and lakeside living. Although Orillia is technically a city, its proximity to freshwater lakes and friendly community exudes small town charm. Perched on the shores of both Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, Orillia is just minutes from Bass Lake and less than half an hour drive from Georgian Bay.

So naturally, Orillia and Lake Country is a magnet for water sports, fishing, cottaging and swimming. The waterways also connect to the historic Trent-Severn Waterway, and sailboats, motorboats and houseboats fill the port and harbour. To quote Canadian folk legend and Orillia native, Gordon Lightfoot “You can while away the summer, by Lake Couchiching.”

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Orillia and Lake Country, scroll down or visit the area's tourism website

Where is Orillia and Lake Country?

Orillia sits at the northern tip of Lake Simcoe, at the point where it pours into Lake Couchiching. Barrie is about half an hour south of Orillia and the Greater Toronto Area is another hour from there. There is also a small airport in Gravenhurst, half an hour north of Orillia which supports flights to and from Toronto.

Things to know about visiting Orillia and Lake Country

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a more extended vacation, Orillia and Lake Country has just the thing for you. 

Best of the arts scene

Stop by the Peter Street Fine Arts Gallery and Studio or check out the Singing HeART Studios, a Canadian Artists Collective for fibre and mixed media arts.

Where to go fishing

Nottawasaga Mouth in Ramara is incredibly productive for shoreline fishing. Find your spot near the dunes area of the park and ready yourself for some fresh Salmon. 

Hidden gem

The Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market is the meeting point for all fresh produce in the local area. It is open year-round with whatever is in season and local. 

Where to get a great meal

The Common Stove has been fuelling Orillia from a wood-fired grill with a unique atmosphere, including outdoor dining like no other in the Winter Lounge. 

Points of interest

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Last updated: August 29, 2023

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