Small towns are the heartbeat of our community. If you are looking for more of a unique shopping experience including looking for that perfect gift or special treat be sure to visit our historic downtown or quaint villages.

Downtown Orillia

Visit Historic Downtown Orillia with over 150 shops and restaurants you are sure to find whatever it is you might be looking for. Several exciting events take place downtown throughout the year, including The Orillia Jazz Festival, Classic Car Show, Sidewalk Sales and the annual Santa Claus Parade, check out our events calendar for a full listing. Make sure to leave time to visit Mariposa Market and enjoy the tastes of Orillia and Lake Country.




No matter how you arrive – by paddle, bike, snowmobile, or car, the Village of Coldwater is ready to welcome you, With its lively downtown, full of great lunch and dinner stops, as well as quaint boutique shopping, farmers market, and amenities. Fuel up at with a specialty coffee at Em’s Café or enjoy a meal by the Coldwater River at Riverside Hideaway. The Village’s personality is on full display during popular events including the Coldwater Steampunk Festival in early August, Witches Walk in mid-October, and the Coldwater Fall Fair, the last weekend of September. There’s always something happening in Coldwater!




On the Eastern side of Severn, Washago is accessible off Highway 11, by train at the Washago Train Station, or by paddle along the Green River. Grab a bite at Kim’s Kitchen, on the main street of Washago or trek just a few minutes from the downtown to enjoy a meal at Lock 42 Grill, located by Lock 42 of the Trent-Severn Waterway.  Walk this tiny hamlet’s downtown to discover creative public art displays from the Washago Art Club, stock up for your trip at with delicious baked goods at Canoe Fresh Food Market and Bakery, and in the summer enjoy pop up farm stands and Washago’s Farmers Market. Come check out this water lovers’ paradise!




Craighurst is on the rise as a jewel of ski country, just a few minutes from Horseshoe Valley Resort, in Oro-Medonte. Pick up a gift for yourself or a loved one at Dwellings Home & Gift and indulge with something sweet from Chelsea Chocolates. Stop in for a breakfast or lunch at Loobies, or enjoy the pub atmosphere at HQ Restaurant and Tap House. Be sure to take time to take a stroll and look for the Oro Art Trees, seven hand painted metal outdoor sculptures which embody the history and natural beauty of Oro-Medonte.



Lagoon City

Located on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Simcoe, Lagoon City, known as the Venice of Ontario, offers the visitor a quiet escape from the urban world. With over 10 miles of canals and an expansive waterfront you are never far from the water’s edge. For those looking for some adventure on the water, Lake Country Adventures offers a wide variety of watercraft to rent, from jet skis to pontoon boats. These can be rented by the hour, day or weekly.

For visitors looking  to dip their toes in the water, relax and take in the view, Lagoon City Beach offers a front row seat to expansive Lake Simcoe with a sandy beach and other park facilities. Looking to extend your stay to the region? Welcoming over night accommodations are available in the newly renovated and opened Lagoon City Pier One Resort . This waterfront family-friendly resort offers kayaks and bicycles, a pool and sauna, and a full-service dining room, including an outdoor patio.



Rama First Nation

Finally, don’t miss Rama First Nation, on the eastern shore of Lake Couchiching. Home of Casino Rama Resort and entertainment centre, with several restaurants, gaming and shopping options; as well as the vibrant community and beautiful landscapes. Ojibway Bay Marina welcomes boaters traveling from Lake Couchiching and the Trent-Severn with easy access to Rama’s amenities. Stop in at Rama Country Market, where you can pick up all manner of souvenirs and everyday essentials or check out Rama Moccasin and Smoke, where you can find gorgeous First Nations jewellery and moccasins, of all styles and sizes. Discover Rama’s great outdoors at Black River Wilderness Park, camping with your own equipment, or glamp in a yurt or cabin located all along the shores of the Black River.



No matter which small town you decide to visit in Orillia & Lake Country, you know you are in for a friendly welcome and a wonderful experience. Enjoy!