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Visit and explore Orillia and surroundings
Tourism Region:
"Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay & Lake Simcoe"
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Orillia and surroundings - many thanks to MapArt

Orillia in the tourism region: "Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe"

We have been in Orillia two times. Business friends invited us the first time and we enjoyed beautiful weather. Especially, the waterfront was an attraction for us.
Orillia is blessed with a beautiful location on two lakes - Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.
Elizabeth, my wife, did some window shopping in downtown, but we did not go to the casino. Casino Rama is a well known attraction. It is open twenty for hours, but I did not want to lose the little money which was left in our travel budget.
Unfortunately, we lost all photos of this first visit during a break in.
Orillia is much smaller than Barrie. It has only about 30 000 inhabitants. It lies at the northern end of Lake Simcoe and also adjoins the much smaller Lake Couchiching.
When we came back here in October, the city did not honor the name "Sunshine City" - it was pouring with rain and we hardly left our car.
Of course, we were not on a pleasure trip at this time of the year. We've always connected business with creating our internet travel guide and it was our second and last visit from Orillia.
In September, many travelers come to the north to enjoy the beautiful discoloration of deciduous forests. It's all over by the end of October.

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A stroll through Orillia is worthwhile if it does not rain

During our first visit in the summer we were allowed to stay with one of our clients and everything was peaceful and not overcrowded. We wandered through the park, enjoying the view and the sun.
Our hosts told us some of the historical past, which of course goes back to the Native Americans, who settled here hundreds of years ago.
We also explored the older part of the city. We even discovered a small opera house that is over one hundred years old. But I could not find out anything about an actual opera performance, but about other events. Our time schedule would not have allowed us a visit anyhow.
Below I have some links built in to show you what we missed.
I always prefer a visit to nature more rather than looking at things like the annual Christmas festival in June, which consists of a boat decoration contest and a turkey dinner. That is not my taste.
Having a nice time together with friends or enjoying nature is still my first choice. I'm not a teenager anymore and I do not want to be called a "recycled teenager".
Feel free to experience your own culture shock. The North Americans will not be spared this in Europe! They only have to go to a sauna there once and then have a conversation piece for the following years.

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The port of Orillia - many thanks to Wikipedia and P199

We really loved the harbor even when there was not very much action.
We also would have liked to make a detour to the nearby "Trent-Severn Waterway". This leads through numerous locks to Lake Ontario. even tours for visitors are offered. He is 386 km long. Watch the video linked below!

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Stephen Leacock House museum in Orillia - many thanks to Wikipedia and Jcart1534

The history of Orillia and its surroundings is quite interesting. I hope the museum will help you learn more. It can be traced back for thousands of years.
The well-known French explorer Samuel de Champlain has also visited this area and spent time with the natives.
He is honored for with the monument created by a local artist.

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The monument of Samuel de Champlain by a local artist - many thanks to Wikipedia and mahfrot

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The OPP Headquarters - Thanks to Wikipedia and Janizary

You should feel completely safe here, at least that impression gives me the impressive headquarters of the "Ontario Provincial Police". Certainly, the police in the "Casino Rama" to the right. I am not a gambler nature unlike Elizabeth and would rather spend my money on other things. The opera house could be part of it - but unfortunately I am now hard of hearing and headsets are certainly not offered. Unlike the hearing aid, they work for me!
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The Opera House - thanks to Wikipedia and I, Padraic Ryan

Orillia has more highlights. Here begin the seemingly endless deciduous forests, which attract many visitors, especially in autumn. Whoever has a sense of natural beauty and can afford it in terms of time and finances, comes to the north of Ontario, to admire the colors of the autumnal foliage.
Of course, there is also no shortage for your physical well-being. Check the Internet for restaurants and accommodations.
Passing by Orillia - as already mentioned is the "Trent-Severn Waterway" which connects Lake Ontario with the "Georgian Bay". Inquire about tours or bring your own a boat. Certainly an interesting variant to the Mediterranean.
If you've never visited a North American casino, you'll have the chance to get rid of the rest of your holiday money at Casino Rama. It is open 24 hours a day. You will find advertising for it everywhere. We have not tested our luck there yet because I refuse.

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Our second visit of Orillia - lots of rain (end of October)

Top 11. Tourist Attractions in Orillia - Ontario, Canada

Aerial view Orillia Ontario Aug 6/7 weekend 2016

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"Amariah "Over the Rainbow" Orillia Opera House 2008 "

"Saltimbanco: Let's Dance Recital - 2004 "

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