Paddle and Explore Lake Country
In the Orillia and Lake Country we are blessed with some of the most beautiful and scenic waterways in Ontario. The region is nestled with picturesque waterfronts along Lake Couchiching, Lake Simcoe and the Trent-Severn Waterway. The best way to experience these water bodies is to get up close and personal. Take out your paddle, grab your kayak, canoe or SUP and go out on the water!
Many outfitters such as Swift Canoe & Kayak, Kayak-Ity-Yak, A Breath of Fresh Air and Sunrise Yoga Studio are happy to serve you and your paddle needs.
Orillia and Lake Country is a paddler’s dream. Whether you paddle by kayak, canoe or Stand-Up- Paddleboard there are several routes that can be paddled by beginner and experienced paddlers alike. Here are some of our favorite routes we have developed for your paddling pleasure.
Orillia’s Cultural Route:
Orillia is located along the Trent-Severn Waterway between Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe which makes it ideal for boaters and paddlers alike. Orillia boasts a rich variety of culture, history and arts. The Orillia Cultural Route will take you along Couchiching Beach Park, Downtown Orillia, The Port of Orillia, and Stephen Leacock Museum.SEE ROUTE
Path to the Fish Weirs:
Located just below the surface in the narrows between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching is the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs a national historic site of Canada. This 13 kilometre loop will take you through the Narrows and around the fish weirs, it is best suited to paddlers with experience as the waters in these lakes can be rough at times.SEE ROUTE
Lake Simcoe Shores:
This easy to intermediate paddle takes you along the shores of Lake Simcoe with popular stops and points of interest at McRea Point Provincial Park, Mara Provincial Park and Lovely Day Park. This route is ideal for those paddlers looking to take their time and observe the wildlife or stop for a relaxing picnic in one of the parks.SEE ROUTE
Black River to Wasdell Falls:
This 8 Kilometre loop is one of the most scenic routes in Lake Country. The peaceful setting passing by some cottages and homes makes this route an easy and peaceful trip. Start your paddle off in the Green River and watch the colour of the water change as you connect with the Black River. This paddle is great in the spring and summer or for those hoping to experience fall and those wanting to connect with nature.SEE ROUTE
Discover the Gentle Green:
For those looking for a true hidden gem in Orillia & Lake Country this 9 kilometre paddle is what you want! This quiet paddle takes you along the Green River where you are in the middle of nature and a feeling of remoteness is present. Paddle this route and experience the marsh areas, beaver lodges and many other animals.SEE ROUTE
Paddle North Couchiching
If you are looking for a short but impressive paddle, this route is what you are looking for! This 5 kilometre loop is perfect for families and paddlers that are hoping to use Washago Centennial Park’s facilities such as the picnic area, playground and beach.SEE ROUTE
Serenity of MacLean Lake:
This easy to paddle loop is located on MacLean Lake, a little quiet lake typical of cottage country. Breathe in the fresh air and experience the sounds of nature, spot all the wildlife such as, otters, beavers, ducks and blue heron. If serenity is what you want then this paddle is a must for you!SEE ROUTE
Coldwater River Voyage:
Starting just outside the heart of downtown Coldwater, the Coldwater River Voyage is a scenic and easy to paddle route that connects to the North River and Matchedash Bay. If you like to fish then this route is a great opportunity for you to catch a Steelhead or Salmon.SEE ROUTE
Matchedash Bay to Georgian Bay:
Take in the rugged beauty of Matchedash bay and Georgian Bay, the versatility of this route make it a great experience for paddlers of all levels of experience! Enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay from Matchedash Bay out to Green Island!SEE ROUTE
Bass Lake Shoreline:
Bass Lake is home to Bass Lake Provincial park, this park includes on site facilities such as camping, picnic areas, a beach, a playground, a retail store and rental! Bass Lake’s Clear and shallow water are the perfect stop to any paddlers list.SEE ROUTE
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Originally published in 2017, this article may contain information that is out of date.
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