Nestled at the northern tip of Lake Simcoe in Ontario’s famous Lake Country, Orillia is a paradise for boating and fishing. Luxury yachts and rumbling motorboats fill the harbor, while rivers and streams are teeming with salmon and outdoor adventures.
Things to do in Orillia
Discover Ontario’s Lake Country by kayak, where you can paddle along Orillia’s Culture Route, which traces the shore of Lake Couchiching past the historic Leacock Boathouse and scenic Cedar Island. For waterfalls and greenery, follow the Green River Route, a gentle seven-kilometer loop through the townships of Severn and Ramara.
Experience the lively atmosphere at Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers' Market, which has been held every Saturday in Orillia for over 50 years. Find artisanal wooden treasures at Charlie Walker or take home handmade soaps from Gypsy Rose Naturals. If hunger strikes, tuck into a home-baked pie from Jack in the Breadbox.
Are you a boating enthusiast? Launch a speedboat into the Port of Orillia for a thrilling day of water skiing and wakeboarding. If you’re a keen fisherman, venture up the Severn River to Bass Lake, a top spot for catching trout, bass and pike. If you’d rather relax on a sunny shoreline, look no further than Couchiching Beach Park.
Explore over 12,000 artifacts illustrating the local heritage and culture at Orillia Museum of Art & History. The gallery showcases the creative flair of local artists with a collection of textiles, paintings, woodwork and sculptures while rotating exhibitions delve into the history of Orillia with events like the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia.
Getting around Orillia
Toronto Pearson International Airport is a 1.5-hour drive from Orillia via Highway 400. Regular buses arrive from most major cities, while buses provide convenient transport. Hiking, cycling and boating are pleasant ways to explore the parks and lakes.