Simcoe County Neighbourhoods
The City of Orillia
Bordering Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching on the spectacular Trent-Severn Waterway, Orillia is a vibrant community and all-season tourist destination. An array of attractions, events and activities await you only 90 minutes North of Toronto. Accommodation and dining are available to suit every preference, and our hospitality and naturally beautiful surroundings are sure to entice you back again and again.
Orillia is a small but progressive city situated just east of highway 11, on two lakes; Couchiching and Simcoe. Orillia offers the ultimate in lifestyle for work and play. The Orillia region consisting of the townships of Oro-Medonte, Severn, Ramara, and the City of Orillia is made up of a population of over 70,000 people. You will find Orillia has all that you need. Click on the map thumbnails to view larger images.
Explore our Wonderful Trails and Waterfront Parks
Orillia’s water-front parks – Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Park, Veteran’s Park, J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park & Kitchener Park, offer everything from music festivals and free Sunday evening band concerts to bicycle rentals to outdoor skating rinks. Gardens, monuments, supervised beaches, boat launches, a skateboard park and splendid views create a perfect setting for family outings.
Orillia’s 9.5 km paved link in the Trans Canada Trail winds through our City, connecting our parks, the Port of Orillia, heritage sites and horticultural delights.
Experience the thrill of 192,000 square feet of fun and excitement with over 2,300 slot machines and more than 120 gaming tables. With a 5,000 seat state of the art Entertainment Centre offering year-round concerts and shows, 9 great restaurants to choose from an all-suite luxury hotel featuring a full-service spa, meeting and conference space, ballrooms and more. Casino Rama is the place to be for Big Time Excitement!
Couchiching Beach Park is located next to the Port of Orillia. Home of a variety of interesting buildings and monuments, it hosts concerts, festivals and many other events. The beach and the miniature railway are very popular attractions.
There’s lots to do in Orillia all year round. Skiing, downhill and cross-country, snowmobiling, ice fishing and skating are all available in Orillia & District. One feature of the Winter Carnival is the snow sculptures. There is also an ice castle and a variety of events, including the Polar Bear Dip. The area is a popular destination for fall tours. Couchiching Park itself is especially scenic at this time of year.
Fishing is a very popular sport in Orillia & District. Both Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe boast excellent fishing. The Leacock Museum, former home of humorist Stephen Leacock, is open to the public. The home and gardens are beautifully preserved and several summer events are held there. The boathouse at the Leacock home has
recently been restored to its former glory. Historic Downtown Orillia hosts two Sidewalk Sales during the spring and summer months.
Our Visitor Centre, located in the former railway station, provides a host of information on events, recreation and accommodation. Orillia also contains a number of interesting and attractive buildings. The downtown area includes many historic homes and stores. Orillia’s churches exhibit a variety of architectural styles.
Whether you are travelling by boat, by car or by plane, Orillia is the perfect destination.
The City of Barrie
Barrie is a vibrant and attractive city with some great beaches for swimming and challenging ski opportunities are on our doorstep. An abundance of parkland, totalling over 90 parks, comprising in excess of 300 ha. are scattered throughout the city. Several of these parks line beautiful Kempenfelt Bay with extensive biking, roller-blading and walking trails. Cultural attractions include the renowned Gryphon Theatre, and international concert and performance venue at Molson Park the Barrie Molson Centre, a 4,200 seat multi-purpose entertainment facility, and the MacLaren Art Centre.
A new $120 Million, health care facility has been constructed adjacent to Georgian College. The location provides easy access for those in need of its services. The new hospital provides 297 acute care beds and 270 operational beds. The hospital located adjacent to the college provides a unique opportunity for cooperative training, research and clinical trials, unequalled in North America.
The City is home to a 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art public library, located downtown at the junction of Worsley and Owen Street. Barrie Public Library is open 7 days a week and houses a multimedia collection that serves residents of all ages in the City of Barrie. Alongside usual library services the library also offers free Internet access to patrons, plus a wide variety of adult and childrens programs. Information Barrie is a service of the Barrie Public Library, providing information about community groups, agencies, government offices, churches, daycare, schools, etc.