Life on the water: Places to stay while boating this summer

Life on the water: Places to stay while boating this summer

“Lake Country” is a fitting description for the picturesque waters which surround and flow throughout Orillia, Severn, Rama First Nation, Oro-Medonte, and Ramara. Attracting thousands of boaters each year to experience the serene and adventurous waters that overtake the region, Orillia and Lake Country is the perfect place to experience life on the water.

Make your boating experience this summer a vacation getaway of its own by stopping in at one of the region’s local marinas and exploring the area. Here’s a list of 4 unique local marinas or mooring locations to check out during your trip.

Port of Orillia

Affectionately named the “Jewel of the Trent,” the Port of Orillia is an annual favourite amongst boaters traversing the historic Trent-Severn Waterway. Located on the scenic shores of Couchiching Beach Park, the Port of Orillia is steps away from the park’s sandy beach, trail systems, historic picnic pavilions, and recreational spaces. Keep the young ones busy with an onsite playground, skate park, and Rotary Train ride, or, enjoy free Sunday evening concerts at the Rotary Aqua Theatre.

Looking for a place to eat? Just up the street is historic downtown Orillia, where dozens of restaurants, shops, and small businesses call home. Take in a gallery or two in the Orillia Arts District, see a show at the historic Orillia Opera House, or taste test your way through some of the City’s top culinary hotspots.

Visit the Port of Orillia website to learn more.

Rawley Resort, Spa & Marina

Located on the historic Trent-Severn Waterway, within close proximity to Georgian Bay, Rawley Resort, Spa & Marina offers a chance to rejuvenate in style. Enjoy open access to the resort’s pool, hot tub, and fully-equipped gym, and relax in luxury at the resort’s onsite spa and fine-dining restaurant. Offering some of the best views of the Trent, you won’t want to miss out on exploring the resort’s expansive waterfront grounds and gardens, along with Port Severn’s lush nearby trail systems. When it’s time to wind down after a long day exploring, enjoy dockside firepits, BBQs, and designated boater showers.

Visit to learn more.

Lock 44 – Big Chute Marine Railway

Camp out for the night and experience one of Canada’s most unique historic boating sites. The only marine railway of its kind in North America, Big Chute operates as an open carriage that runs on a railway going into the water allowing the boats to drive onto it, be lifted by straps, and transported back into the water on the other side of the ridge between Severn River and Gloucester Pool. Overnight mooring is available along with onsite camping and a picnic area.

Learn more on the Big Chute Marine Railway webpage.

Ojibway Bay Marina

Nestled on the eastern shores of Lake Couchiching and located within Rama First Nations is Ojibway Bay Marina. Offering both covered and open slips in protected basins, this marina is a quiet getaway stop where you can refuel, recharge, and relax. During the day, enjoy the marina’s natural setting with an onsite playground and picnic area, and afterward, head up to the street for top-tier dining, shopping, spa services, and entertainment at Casino Rama Resort. This marina also offers boat services and repairs, a launch ramp, and is just minutes from local shopping at Rama Country Market and Rama Cannabis.

Learn more at

More places to stay

Orillia and Lake Country boasts a variety of marinas offering seasonal slips, visitor experiences, and services. Check out the full listing on our Marinas webpage.

Looking to dock and explore a little longer? Visit our accommodation page to help you plan your trip, on-land.

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