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City of Orillia (Single Tier Simcoe)

Phone : (705) 327-2918
Your Host(s) : Canada Post Orillia

Orillia, ON (Nearby: Longford Mills, Hawkestone, Warminster, Washago, Oro Station)

25 Peter St. S.
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A8

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Ontario Tourism Region : Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe

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  • Pop. 27,882. In Orillia T., Simcoe C., at the S end of L. Couchiching and Hwys 11 & 12, 38 km. NE of Barrie.
  • Samuel de Champlain spent the winter of 1615. at the Huron capital of Cahiague, 14 km. W of Orillia. Settlers didn't begin arriving untill 1832, after the British government had built a reserve for the Chippewas at The Narrows.
  • The place was known by early settlers as Invermara, but when the post office was established in 1835 the settlement was called Orillia, belIeved to be taken from the Spanish word orilla, meaning riverbank.
  • For a time the settlers and Chippewas shared the site, but in 1838 the settlers petitioned the govemment to relocate the First Nations Peoples at Rama on the other side of L. Couchiching, and a village was built for them there in 1839.
  • Canadian economist, historian and humorist Stephen Butler Leacock, head of McGill University's faculty of Political Science, spent his summers at nearby Old Brewery Bay.
  • In his best known comic novel, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, he parodied many of Orillia’s leading Citizens, some of whose descendants still have not forgiven him.
  • In 1957, Leacock's house and library were bought by the town and turned into a museum, the. Stephen Leacock Memorial Home. In 1906 the Tudhope factory was producing high-wheeled automobiles called the Tudhope-McIntyre.
  • These were followed by the Everett and the Fisher. During the First World War the factory turned to the manufacture of war supplies and did not resume automobile manufacturing after the war.
  • Leslie Frost, premier of Ontario 1949-1961 was a native of Orillia. Writer Mazo de la Roche attended school here and songwriter/singer Gordon Lightfoot was born here as was one of the world's greatest rowers, Jake Gaudaur.
  • Franklin Carmichael (1890-1945), a founding member of the Group of Seven, was a native of Orillia.
  • Historian and writer Goldwin Smith (who died in 1910 and donated his Toronto home, The Grange, for the first Art Gallery of Ontario), gave land to Orillia for an unusual opera house, which was built in 1895.
  • Smith stipulated the opera house must be combined with a farmers' market; both are still in operation.

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Off the beaten track:
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  • Victoria Point, 3km
  • Forest Home, 4km
  • Wilson Point, 5km
  • Orchard Point, 4km
  • Fergus Hill Estate, 5km
  • Moons Beach, 6km
  • Bass Lake Park, 5km
  • Happyland, 6km
  • Simcoe Lodge, 5km
  • Atherley, 5km
  • Cedarmont Beach, 7km
  • Grays Bay, 7km
  • Carthew Bay, 9km
  • Sandy Beach, Orillia area, 6km
  • Fawn Bay, 7km
  • Menoke Beach, 9km
  • Ardtrea, 9km
  • Rama Road, 8km
  • Rugby, 8km
  • Amigo Beach, 9km
  • Baywood Park, 10km
  • Eight Mile Point, 10km
  • Marchmont, 8km
  • Prices Corner, Orillia area, 7km
  • Orkney Beach, 7km
  • Geneva Park, 9km
  • Mariposa Beach, 9km
  • Fountain Beach, 8km
  • East Oro, 10km
  • Uptergrove, 8km
  • Longford, 10km
  • Joyland Beach, 9km
  • Buena Vista Park, 12km
  • Waddington Beach, 12km
  • Hampshire Mills, 12km
  • MacDonald Beach, 9km
  • New Uhthoff, 11km
  • Uhthoff, 11km
  • Murphy Beach, 9km
  • Hawkestone Beach, 13km
  • Warminster, 10km
  • Harry's Corner, 10km
  • Bonnie Beach, 11km
  • Simcoeside, 14km
  • Hawkins Corners, 14km
  • Scarlet Park, 14km
  • Palm Beach, 15km
  • Mitchell Square, 13km
  • Floral Park, 14km
Nearby Lakes:
  • Bass Lake, 7km
  • Lake Couchiching, 9km
  • Lake St. John, 12km
  • Lake St. George, 15km
  • Mud Lake, 12km
  • Grass Lake, 18km
  • Buck Lake, 19km
  • Lake Simcoe, 19km
  • Beaver Lake, 20km
  • Cull Lake, 21km
  • Long Lake, 21km
  • Eastern Lake, 22km
  • Round Lake, 23km
  • Sparrow Lake, 24km
  • Coombs Lake, 22km
  • Lower Eastern Lake, 24km
  • Bailey Lake, 24km
  • Turtle Lake, 25km
  • Moose Lake, 27km
  • Dumbell Lake, 26km
  • Kelly Lake, 21km
  • Morrison Lake, 30km
  • Clearwater Lake, 27km
  • South Muldrew Lake, 31km
  • Rat Lake, 30km
  • Pence Lake, 31km
  • Spence Lake, 31km
  • Young Lake, 24km
  • Lamorie Lake, 32km
  • Little Lake, 32km
  • Otter Lake, 28km
  • Middle Muldrew Lake, 33km
  • Muldrew Lakes, 33km
  • North Muldrew Lake, 33km
  • Cornall Lake, 33km
  • Lower Eagle Lake, 34km
  • Kahshe Lake, 31km
  • Little Lake, 28km
  • Jevins Lake, 34km
  • Upper Eagle Lake, 34km
  • L Lake, 33km
  • Upper Boleau Lake, 33km
  • MacLean Lake, 30km
  • Tank Lake, 33km
  • Horseshoe Lake, 31km
  • Little Sunny Lake, 33km
  • Buckskin Lakes, 32km
  • Silver Lake, 34km
  • Loon Lake, 35km
  • Dalrymple Lake, 25km