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Welcome to our 2014 Season!

A Summer of Comedy and Song!

All performances at the OCC Centre

64 Colborne Street E. Orillia, L3V 1T6

Box Office (705)-242-8011 OSCboxoffice@gmail.com


Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 31, 1996, Casino Rama is Ontario's only First Nation's commercial casino. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, 10 unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

From our authentic tin tile ceiling, to the cedar lined balconies that overlook the store, to our original maple hardwood floors, the Mariposa Market will carry you back to the main street general store of yesteryear. Family owned and operated, we invite you to sample a slice of small town Ontario preserved for you to enjoy.

Apple Annie's Fine Chocolate & Gourmet Coffees is conveniently located on beautiful Mississaga Street in downtown Orillia, right in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country. Since its inauguration in 19xx, Apple Annie's has become Orillia's premier address for fine fudge, assorted chocolates, gourmet coffees, quality teas, chutneys and much more. The store is part of the famous Mariposa Market, Orillia's one-of-a-kind shopping attraction for the whole family.
Our store is packed with all the good stuff: sauces, jam, chutneys, kitchen utensils, souvenirs, soap, scents...
Apple Annie's specialty: Our fresh fudge is in high demand.

Base Borden Military Museam

Check out Canada’s Military history on a fully operating Canadian Forces Training Base. Contact 1-705-423-3531.

Big Chute Marine Railway is a short drive from Coldwater. It is the only marine railway of its kind in North America. Big Chute has large grounds for picnicking and boater camping.

Big Curve Acres Farm

Come and tour our farm in a horse-drawn wagon. See rare minor breeds of animals in their natural environment. We welcome group tours and have a petting zoo the children love. Contact Henry & Reta Regelink for bookings and pricing at 1-705-487-2000

Automotive Flea markets several time a year

Champlain Monument

The Champlain Monument (a National Historic Site) has been called one of the finest bronze sculptures on the continent.

In about 1830 Andrew Archibald Woodrow packed up his family and headed for Canada, leaving behind forever his Scottish Highlands home in Islay. Archibald and his wife Katherine and daughter settled on 100 acres of land in what is now known as Coldwater, Ontario, Canada and built himself a one room log cabin and shortly after he added a barn. By the mid 1850's his family had grown and the single room home was insufficient so Archibald went to work adding two larger front rooms and a second floor with materials that came from the land surrounding the homestead. Archibald's children numbered 10 upon his death in 1875. Katherine Woodrow lived to the age of 85 yrs and is buried in the Coldwater cemetery.

Coldwater Canadiana was started in 1965 by a group of local people interested in making Coldwater a focal point for surrounding areas. A small store was opened on Main Street in the Village in which arts & crafts and antiques were sold.

In 1966 the group moved to the Woodworth garage and in the fall of that year acquired the "Woodrow Homestead" and became dedicated to repairing and restoring the lovely old log house. In 1979 the Coldwater Canadiana Museum became Ontario's newest Museum.

Take Highway 400 to the Innisfil Beach Road exit, drive 0.5 km east on Innisfil Beach Road and turn left onto Industrial Park Road

This is where Ontario’s favourite beer—Creemore Springs Premium Lager—is made, in our century-old main street location right in the heart of this beautiful town.

We always enjoy company, so we hope you’ll stick around for a while and take an online tour of the brewery, see what’s happening on the main street and find out about upcoming events (Creemore Mocks! Film Festival Saturday, October 18). If you’re already one of the thousands who are proud to say Creemore is their favourite beer, then you’ll want to look in on The Loyal Order. Of course, we’d also love to see you in person. You’re always welcome up in Creemore.

Discovery Harbour, on scenic Penetanguishene Bay, will take you back in time to the presence of British naval and military forces in Central Ontario. Come and explore this recreated, 19th century community on the southeast corner of Georgian Bay. An Ontario tourism destination, Discovery Harbour is also home to the replica British sailing ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee. Tour the historic properties, including the restoration project on the Officers' Quarters, and learn first-hand the challenges of shipwrights, sailors, soldiers and other military and civilian personnel at this isolated outpost built to defend Upper Canada.

Discovery Harbour is also proud to host award-winning Drayton Entertainment who presents "a world of music and laughter" at the beautiful King's Wharf Theatre, with live professional productions throughout the summer. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Captain Roberts' Table as you take in the scenic view of the tall ships at docks nearby. Experience this must-see destination for your family vacation, group tour or school education program.

Discovery Harbour...an attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism

Discover an exciting and educational outdoor adventure at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Walk along shaded and winding trails. View majestic lions, tigers and jaguars. Delight in the playful antics of monkeys and lemurs. Watch the mischievious baby animals play. Admire the beauty of rare and exotic birds and other wildlife in the natural surroundings of the park's 25 acres.

The original site, established in 1967, was on two acres exhibiting mainly birds and reptiles. Over the years, the zoo has grown to include more than 300 animals from around the world, such as Australia, South America, Africa and Asia.

Bring your camera! - Don't miss our live interactive presentations of reptiles and other animals. Touch a python, boa constrictor or monitor lizard. You can learn interesting facts about these and others in the animal world. (Daily Presentations are held at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm from late May to Labour Day)

Children will love to touch and feed animals in our petting area. Watch the rainbow trout jump as you feed them. Graceful swans and other colourful waterfowl inhabit our pond.

Every Saturday morning behind the Opera House Early Morning till Noon

Orillia has one of the longest running outdoor markets in Ontario.

In the early days, there was a busy trade in hay, firewood, chickens, milk and live pigs as well as the ever popular farm fresh produce, baked goods and local handicrafts that are still found on our bustling market today.

Fish Wiers

A National Historic Site, the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs in the Atherley Narrows date back at least 5,000 years. Aboriginal fishers drove wooden stakes, called "weirs", into the channel between Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching, weaving brush and vegetation among them to create an underwater fence system to guide congregating fish into areas for harvesting or preservation for later use. The weirs were an extremely efficient food-gathering technology. The Mnjikaning site became a traditional meeting place for Aboriginal Nations, where agreements and treaties were made, goods exchanged, and spiritual ceremonies took place. Preserved by layers of protective silt, the wooden weirs at Atherley are among the few known in Canada, and were in use until about 100 years ago. Part of the Trent-Severn Waterway today, fish still congregate in the Atherley Narrows.

Freskew Farms Coldwater

Freskiw Farm Produce

Rr 1, Coldwater, Ontario L0K 1E0
(705) 835-3207

The Ganaraska Hiking Trail was officially opened in 1968 . The trail starts in Port Hope, on the north shore of Lake Ontario and trail passes through a variety of scenery from Lake Ontario, north through the sand hills of the moraine where the Ganaraska Forest is, past the lakes and drumlin fields of the Kawarthas to the rugged wilderness of the Canadian Shield, then west through he rolling hills of Simcoe County and the shores of Georgian Bay to the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, where the trail meets the Bruce Trail.

Including some branch trails, the total length of the trail is in excess of 500 kilometres, approximately 300 of which are in Simcoe County. The trail is marked with white or blue paint blazes. The blazes are a white strip, approximately 2” wide and 6“ high (5 x 15 cm), painted on trees, posts and rocks. Two blazes, one slightly above the other and to the side, indicate a turn, with the upper blaze telling the direction of the turn. Turns may also be indicated by the GHTA logo in which case you follow the direction of the arrow. In the wilderness, trail markers may consist of rock cairns and a change in direction may be indicated by a painted “dog leg” on a flat rock. Blue blazes indicate a side trail.

The association has a “minimum impact” standard to protect the environment. The trail is available for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing use only because of the generosity of landowners who have given permission to cross their land.

The trail is entirely maintained by the volunteers of various clubs, such as the Pine Ridge, Kawartha, Wilderness Wildland, Orillia, Barrie, Mad River Midland, Oro-Medonte and Wasaga Beach clubs. Membership in the Ganaraska Trail Association is $20 per year. Three newsletters per year give details of numerous hiking events, club news and general information. The hike schedule is also posted on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail website.

When hiking on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, or participating in any of the organized activities and events, you do so at your own risk. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is not responsible for injury or loss, experienced while hiking on the trail or participating in any event. The challenging wilderness section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail should be done only on group hikes with a qualified leader.

Guardian Angels Church

This church, of a neo-Gothic design with Romanesque and other classical elements, was built in 1910-11 from limestone drawn from Longford Mills quarries. The spire and cross, which can be seen for miles, were added in 1926. The rose window includes the Greek acronyms Chi, Ro and IHS, symbols for Jesus Christ.

Driving to Hardwood Ski and Bike from Toronto?

* 400 North to Barrie
* take the 400 extension north of Barrie
* take the first exit off the 400 extension onto Forbes Rd (exit #111)
* turn left at stop sign - follow Forbes Rd. NE for 10 km
* Hardwood Ski and Bike will be on the left hand side of the road

When I build my house, I shall make it very plain but at the same time very large. ... it will become a charming English place - I'm tired of cities and people - it's a case of Good-bye proud world, I'm going home. Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock, Canada's beloved humourist spent his most creative time in what he coined as Lake Simcoe Country.

ust east of Midland, on Highway 12, twin spires rising above the treeline welcome visitors to historic Martyrs' Shrine. The Shrine honours the eight Jesuit saints who lived, worked and died here over 350 years ago. The grounds, including the famous Shrine Church and 75 pleasantly landscaped acres invite you into prayer and tranquility. Come and learn about the Jesuit missionaries, Jean de Brébeuf, Gabriel Lalemant, and their companions who were responsible for bringing Christianity to Canada over 350 years ago!

The Orillia Opera House serves as both a venue of great entertainment and as a well known landmark in our community. This grand old building is located at the corner of West St and Mississaga St. Call the Opera House box office and treat yourself to a show and enjoy this magnificent old building. You can also visit the Opera House on-line by visiting their web site.

Orillia is proud to be the home of the Ontario Provincial Police Headquarters. The building (the Lincoln Alexander Building) is located at 777 Memorial Avenue. In addition to the admistrative office for OPP the site plays host to a unique gift shop and museum that is open to the general public.

The 2009 painting theme "Streets Alive!" embodies the original vision for the Orillia Festival of Banners: downtown teeming with a creative vibe and activity swirling around in an inviting hub of community spirit.

Everyone 8 and over is invited to create and enter a design for the festival. The chosen designs will be painted by the designers themselves, and will hang on Orillia's streets from May to October of 2009. The banners will be sold at a silent auction gala at the Orillia Museum of Art and History at the end of the festival in November, and the proceeds will go to the 2010 festival.

This year, kids age 8 to 11 will paint 2'x2' banners that will be displayed on the "Wall of Wow!" outside the library.

Applications are due February 28, designers will begin painting their banners once the chosen designs are picked, and the banners will be hung around the city by the end of May.

Kick off the festival on the weekend of June 6 and 7 for the outdoor art celebration, "Streets Alive!"'

The Orillia District Chamber of Commerce

is a voluntary, non-profit association consisting of over 640 members. From this membership a board of fourteen directors is elected who meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

The City of Orillia & Townships of Ramara, Severn, and Oro-Medonte have the opportunity to be represented by appointees to the board. To further strengthen communication links with other community groups there are also appointees on the board representing Georgian College, Lakehead University, OPP, Casino Rama, Doctor Recruitment and Retention, Community Development Corporation, Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, Manufacturers' Association, Construction Association, Downtown Orillia Management Board and the Real Estate Board

The mandate of the Chamber of Commerce is to provide both tangible and intangible benefits to our members in particular, and our community as a whole.

Located directly across from the Cruise Boat, the picture in the header was taken from the Legion patio

he Orillia Museum of Art & History showcases the best of Orillia and Lake Country's culture and history through local and nationally significant exhibitions. OMAH's Discovery Gallery makes art touchable and fun for all ages! Create your own masterpiece as a souvenir of your visit! OMAH is located in the heart of Orillia's downtown shopping and restaurant district and is wheelchair accessible.

This is a very busy lock station on weekends as many boaters make the trip from Lake Simcoe to Georgian Bay and return. Some souvenirs and charts may be purchased at the lock. Please note there is a maximum of 1 night mooring period available at this lock station.

Spectacular beauty

The beauty and variety of its scenery is one of the Waterway's greatest assets. Travelling northwards from the Bay of Quinte, up through the valley of the Trent River, boaters pass by lush farmland, marshes rich with wildlife and waterfalls in rocky gorges. Rice Lake, with its distinctive tear-drop islands (drumlins), marks the start of the Kawartha Lakes. The shorelines blaze with colour in the fall.

The Trent and Severn drainage systems are linked at Kirkfield. Here, the canal was carved through the solid limestone of the Carden Plain to give access to lakes Simcoe and Couchiching. The northwesterly route of the Waterway continues down the Severn River to Georgian Bay.

Its turbulent waters are now calmed by massive dams, but the granite of the Canadian Shield is a constant reminder of the obstacles which the builders of the Waterway had to overcome.

Orillia's waterfront is the pride of our community and a the jewel of the Trent-Severn waterway. Port services include but are not limited to ;

222 Fully Serviced Slips - accommodating Boats
up to 80 Ft., Information Centre, Fully Trained Marina Staff
Soft Drinks & Ice , Free Showers , Fishing Pier , Reservations Accepted, Steps to Downtown Orillia , Fantastic Shopping , L.C.B.O. , Laundromats, Excellent Restaurants , Grocery Stores and Drug Stores

Rama Moccasin Shop

Native crafts, such as jewelry and clothing. Native art gallery. Contact 1-705-325-5041.

Rotary Club Steam Train

Located in Orillia's Downtown Couchiching Park
Weekends summer only

A nationally significant historic site, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the 17th-century headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron people.

The North Pole
You're half way there!

Santa's Village is geographically located half way between the North Pole and the Equator. This is an imaginary geographical line of latitude. Latitude is an angular distance, measured in Degrees, north or south of the equator. The equator is an imaginary circle around the earth, equally distant at all points from the North and South Pole. The North Pole is the northern end of the Earth's axis.

Santa's Village shares the 45th parallel with other places around the world such as: Cornwall, Ontario; Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota; Bordeaux, France; Torin, Italy; Bucurest, Romania and Krasnodar, Russia.

At the Simcoe County Museum, we believe that our visitors should be able to experience history first hand in a museum that is fun and exciting! Our five indoor galleries illustrate the history of the people of Simcoe County, from prehistoric times to the present. Outdoors, we invite you to explore our many historic buildings set in a forested parkland. Experience the ringing of the school bell, discover various farm implements and vehicles such as the Model "A" Autotrac. Come and step back into history and marvel at human ingenuity and inventiveness.

Simcoe County Museum offers a host of special events, changing exhibits and educational programs throughout the year. Join us for our special events, including our Quilt, Rug and Craft Fair in September, an Evening of Hallowe'en in October and Victorian Christmas in December. Contact us for information concerning these or our childrens' activities.

The building was designed by Thomas Fuller, Dominion Chief Architect for the Department of Public Works, and was the first Post Office and Customs House in Orillia. The brick is "Milton Brick" and local limestone from the quarries was used and it was built by J.R. Eaton of Orillia, a prominent local builder between 1892 and 1894. In 1913/14 the Tower and Mansford Roof were added during other renovations at that time. In the 1916 the Clock and Bells were added. In 1932 extensive renovations to the interior were done to make better use of the space inside the building. More renovations were done in 1935 and again in 1938.

Historical Scenic Orillia In 1956 the City of Orillia purchased the building itself and it became the local Police Station and it also held the Magistrates Court here. The downstairs' cell blocks were added in 1960. It was designated as a Heritage Building in 1996. The Sir Samuel Steele Art Gallery began in 1994 in the building and now the building is going through another renovation and is under the direction of the amalgamated association of the Orillia Historical Society and the Sir Samuel Steele Art Gallery known as the Orillia Museum of Art and History. It is hoped that the fund raising for the new museum will continue and that the museum will be able to go back into the upgraded building in the future.

The 400 market is located just south of Barrie, Ontario off Highway 400, Exit 85 Innisfil Beach Road exit.

We have many different vendors located inside our building as well as numerous vendors selling outdoors.

The Uhthoff and Lightfoot Millennium Trails follow the same former rail line and are connected near the boundary between the City of Orillia and the neighbouring township. Together they have a length of about 28 kilometres. The Lightfoot section is within the city and is a paved trail. The Uhthoff trail is the longer section which extends into the countryside to the north and west of Orillia, to the village of Coldwater.

Wasaga Beach is hailed as one of the premier tourist destinations in Ontario. For over a century tourists have traveled to the welcoming shores of southern Georgian Bay to stroll along the 14 kilometres of white sand beach, swim in warm, clean waters and enjoy the panoramic mountain views across the bay. Perhaps the best kept secret is our endless recreation trails for hiking, cycling, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

With the summer season in full swing the Town of Wasaga Beach has launched a tourism website with information on events, lodging and much more. Visit www.wasagaopenforbusiness.com

Welcome to Wildflower Farm
your source for nursery grown
Native North American perennial wildflowers,
native grasses and wildflower seed mixes.

Wasaga 500 Go-Karts
Located on highway 92, two miles east of Wasaga Beach. Test your driving skills on our super smooth one-mile track. We have 50 tuned karts that really move around those high-banked curves. Children age 9 and under ride free with an adult on our side-by-side two seater karts. Two challenging 18-hole mini-golf courses and our baseball/softball batting cages are extremely popular. Snack bar and washrooms on site. Open daily 10:00 am to 11:00 pm (late June, July and August). Please phone for off-season hours (705) 322-2594.

Fully lighted for safe night driving.

Wye Marsh, and its interpretive centre, sits on a 3,000-acre wildlife area situated in an environmentally endowed location in southern Georgian Bay. The Friends of Wye Marsh, a not-for-profit organization, has stewardship responsibility for this property that is anchored by its interpretive centre. They are committed to connecting people to nature and promoting an understanding of the vital role wetlands play within the environment. The Friends of the Wye Marsh are committed to preserving the Wye Marsh and the natural heritage of the Wye Valley while providing low impact educational, recreational and research opportunities to benefit present and future generations.

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