10 Things to Do in Orillia That You Shouldn't Miss

July 17, 2017 Toi Mattera

Orillia /əˈrɪliə/ is a city in Ontario, Canada. It is located in Simcoe County between Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Although located in Simcoe County, the city is politically independent. It is part of the Huronia region of Central Ontario. The population in 2016 was 30,546.
Restaurants in Orillia

1. Tudhope Park

Hwy. 12, Orillia, Ontario, Canada +1 705-325-1311
Excellent
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Tudhope Park

Reviewed By Mike D - Minden ON

Beautiful park with lots of parking and shade trees, with easy access to Hwy 12 and Hwy 11. Bring a lawn chair.

2. Couchiching Beach Park

Centennial Drive, Orillia, Ontario L0K 1L0, Canada +1 705-325-1311
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Couchiching Beach Park

Reviewed By lucknow1234 - Orillia, Canada

Situated on the foot of Orillia's downtown along lake Couchiching is this jewel of a park. Parking is free which rare anywhere in the world now. The Trail system along the lake joins up to the TransCanada trail through Ramara township in the south and Severn township in the north west. These trails are open to non motorized recration and seem to only be lightly used. The park can be busy on long weekends but is never crowed.
There are new and well maintained public washrooms at the marina and the beach.
There is a fantastic kids play ground.
This is a great palace for a family afternoon or a romantic picnic.

3. Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers' Market

4500 Fairgrounds Rd, Orillia, Ontario L3V 0Y2, Canada +1 705-484-1244
Excellent
61%
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers' Market

Reviewed By Jeramie J - Orillia, Canada

A while back the Orillia Farmer's Market split into two farmer's markets. I really loved the downtown location, but the Fairgrounds Farmer's Market has some winning features. There is ample free and close parking, the vendors have more space to showcase their wares, and the setting is beautiful- a true farmer's market in farm country.

4. The OPP Museum

777 Memorial Ave, Orillia, Ontario L3V 7V3, Canada +1 705-329-6889
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

The OPP Museum

Reviewed By CaroleandRon - Renfrew, Canada

We have always enjoyed visiting the museum. This was our 2nd visit. We had friends from Las Vegas here visiting and we drove down to Orillia and Did a Boat cruise and then visited the museum. Informing each visit. Quite the history.

5. Scout Valley

Highway 11 & Old Barrie Road East, Orillia, Ontario, Canada +1 705-726-9300
Excellent
61%
Good
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Scout Valley

Reviewed By ReiterTwo - Orillia, Canada

Great place to take your family for a walk. There was a lot of trails that you can travel. It's also pet friendly which is a bonus.

6. Scales Nature Park

82 Line 15 S, Orillia, Ontario L3V 8H9, Canada +1 705-327-2808
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Scales Nature Park

Scales is a nature centre and park focused on the conservation of Canadian reptiles and amphibians. Our centre features the most complete live collection of these creatures in the country. Visitors can touch and hold some reptiles, with help from our staff and volunteers. It's great for rainy days! Group bookings for birthday parties, schools, camps, scouts/guides, and others are possible, and our outreach programs travel to similar venues across the province. The park features 3.5 km of nature trails through a variety of natural habitats. Pets are not allowed on the trails or in the centre. Our newest addition is Reptile Camp, a day camp program for kids! Please realize that this is a working conservation facility. We conduct research and stewardship projects locally, and around the province. You may encounter research technicians, field equipment, etc. Current local projects involve 6 turtle species, massasauga rattlesnakes, and chorus frogs. Ask how you can get involved!

Reviewed By surfsunandsea

Great place to visit if you are a fan of reptiles and our son actually is so very glad we came across this place. Really enjoyed our guided tour. Kids working their are mostly student volunteers and are very knowledgeable about the animals there. There are lizards, snakes, turtles, etc. and you are allowed to interact with some of them. This is not a zoo, it is a sanctuary for unwanted and injured reptilians and great care is being administered to these animals. There is even a tortoise walking around on it's own. Located in Orillia on 15th line and highway 11. Highly recommend.

7. Stephen Leacock Museum

50 Museum Drive, Box 625, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6K5, Canada +1 705-329-1908
Excellent
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4 based on 54 reviews

Stephen Leacock Museum

Reviewed By benjymorrow

This is more of a tribute than an actual museum. With the exception of a portrait gallery and some models, this is mostly just Stephen Leacock's house, set up as if he could walk in any minute. There is a very enthusiastic person on site to answer any questions.
Walking through this museum is very peaceful and interesting, as it is filled with the accoutrements of the time, and with Leacock's book collection, which is extensive.

8. Orillia Museum of Art and History

30 Peter St S, Orillia, Ontario L3V 5A9, Canada +1 705-326-2159
Excellent
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Orillia Museum of Art and History

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is a hub of culture and heritage located down in the heart of Orillia's Peter Street Arts District. The clock tower of our Sir Samuel Steele Memorial Building is a beacon for our historical location. For ten years OMAH has been inspiring creativity and celebrating history, growing as a hub for local artists and historians.

Reviewed By PLESLIE23 - Orillia, Canada

The museum was open late at night for the celebration by local artists. I went in mainly to see the display of my daughter's ceramics, small vases and necklaces. There are always interesting displays and books about Orillia's history.

9. Bass Lake Provincial Park

2540 Bass Lake Side Road, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6H1, Canada +1 705-326-7054
Excellent
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4 based on 52 reviews

Bass Lake Provincial Park

Reviewed By Ivona_Kolo - Toronto, Canada

Came here as a day use visitor during the week. On this day there were hardly any people here but I expect weekends are much busier. The beach and lakeside area are very pleasant. The beach not too big but sandy with lovely views of some cottages. Nice playground, lots of picnic tables, washrooms were OK. Google Ontario fun guide to print yourself a $5 off day use coupon for the 2017 season - valid at any Ontario Provincial Park.

10. Mara Provincial Park

181 Courtland Street, Orillia, Ontario L3V 6H7, Canada +1 705-326-4451
Excellent
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4 based on 47 reviews

Mara Provincial Park

Reviewed By Abdus N

Mara Provincial Park/Beach is a decent option for a day at the beach with the family.
Here are some info/tips on Mara:
-- Small beach compared to Wasaga/Sauble ... so getting there early is key if yiu want a good spot ... lots of shade from mature trees, so lots of people hang their hammocks to relax ...
-- Lots of tables
-- Parking is $15 for the day
-- Restrooms are clean but no warm water
-- Food/drinks ... bring your own as there us no option close by
-- BBQ allowed
-- Activities include swimming, beach volley, paddle boating, etc.
-- No pets allowed on the beach but I saw a lot of folks with their dogs on the grass area just before the sandy part of the beach. Dogs need to be on a 2m leash in the grass area at all times
Nice beach overall.

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