Family Destinations for 2021

Stay Safe and Have Fun!

"Get Out and Drive"

Located on the shores of Lake Couchiching, Orillia is a favourite destination for families looking for fun activities suitable for all ages.  In fact, the area comes alive each summer with a bunch of festivals and events planned throughout the season.   Check out their summer experiences here: https://www.orillialakecountry.ca/summer-experiences/

  • Couchiching Beach Park
    • Located adjacent to the Port of Orillia and downtown, this is an excellent beach for the entire family. You will find lots of shade trees and picnic shelters when you need them.
  • Tudhope Park
    • Located near the “Atherley Narrows” where Lake Couchiching meets Lake Simcoe, this park is home to a splash pad, water park. Just the thing to keep little ones cool and occupied on a hot summer day.  You will also find lots of picnic tables and shade to make a day at the beach fun for everyone.

Port of Orillia

  • A favourite stop along the beautiful Trent-Severn waterway, the Port of Orillia sees lots of boat traffic throughout the season. Just across the street you can also find a hand-dipped ice cream to go along with a walk along the board walk.  Take a break at one of the many park benches there to watch the coming and going of the many transient boats that stop over at the Port of Orillia.

Bass Lake Provincial Park

  • If the open water of Lake Couchiching is not your thing, consider Bass Lake Provincial Park on the outskirts of town just across Highway 12. Bass Lake is a land-locked lake, not connected to the Trent-Severn System.  It is a sizable recreational lake with lots of nature paths and a sandy beach to pass the time.  Bring along a picnic lunch for some outdoor dining.

Walking

  • The City of Orillia has invested in lots of great outdoor space to enjoy each season. This includes a 2.5 km nature path that connects downtown to Tudhope Park near the Narrows.
  • Up for an adventure? Take the Millennium Trail Free Audio Walking Tour.  A safe, socially distanced way to explore Orillia.

Shopping/Dining

  • There is a myriad of quaint shops and inviting restaurants dotted throughout downtown Orillia. You will find many favourite foods from hand-held snacks to eat while you walk to a full sit-down dining experience that will satisfy your inner ‘foodie’.

Entertainment/Gaming

  • Just across Lake Couchiching from downtown Orillia, you will find Casino Rama. They offer a full calendar of entertainment featuring some of the biggest names in music and comedy.
  • As the name suggests Casino Rama has a full suite of gaming options to the most discerning gambler. Whatever your taste from slots to roulette to blackjack, you will find it there.
  • Casino Rama also has a full variety of restaurants and pubs to check before and after each show or when you need a break from the gaming tables.

Boating

  • If you trailer a boat, consider launching it at the Port of Orillia for a tour of Lake Couchiching. After you launch, you can take an easy cruise to find a beautiful sandy anchorage at Chief Island for some relaxation in the sun, or you can find wide open water for a speed run.  Just be careful, there are a few well marked shoals on the way.
  • Maybe you do not have a boat, but love being on the water? Consider booking a lake tour on the Island Princess. The Princess will take you on peaceful trip that explores the beautiful shoreline that defines Lake Couchiching.  Located next to the main Port of Orillia docks at the foot of Mississauga Street, the Island Princess and ticket office are easy to find.

Golf

  • Orillia has a few challenging public courses to check out on a visit this summer. There are several courses conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown.

Mountain Biking/Running Trails

  • If your summer pursuits involve more physical activities, then check out Hardwood Ski and Bike which offers some challenging terrain and physically demanding trails. Located just 20 minutes from Orillia on Old Barrie Road, Hardwood Ski and Bike is a destination worth considering if you want an outdoor workout.

Skateboarding

  • Orillia has something to please just about everyone with the inclusion of the Kiwanis Skate Park. Located right at the waterfront, this skate park is well used by visitors and locals alike. You will find lots of rails, ramps, stairs, and edges to engage every level of skateboarder.  Just show off your best ‘ollie’ and go for it.  Best of all, it is free.

Suggested Driving Route and Stops:

  • Highway 12 North will take you right into Orillia. You will cross the Atherley Narrows bridge along the way.  If you are quick, you can catch sight of boats making their way through to either Lake Simcoe or Lake Couchiching.

Roadside Eatery

If you are looking for an interesting roadside food experience before you get to Orillia, check out the ‘Roadside Eatery’ food trailer. It shares the parking lot with Leatherdale Marine. You will be impressed by the variety of the menu and the quality of the food. Summer weekends will be busy there.  But worth the stop.

Duckworth’s Fish and Chips

If you like Fish and Chips, check out Duckworth’s just before the Narrows Bridge. While the place does not have a liquor license, the quality of the fish and chips more than makes up for it with lots of great atmosphere.  Best of all the locals love it.  So, you know it is good.