A beginner’s guide to exploring the outdoors: Gear rentals made easy

A beginner’s guide to exploring the outdoors: Gear rentals made easy

Located just 90 minutes north of Toronto, Orillia & Lake Country is an all-season playground of outdoor activity. Whether it’s cycling, paddling, hiking, or camping under the stars, it’s here where city dwellers come to discover the beauty of the great outdoors.

If you’ve been waiting to dip your toes into some of the region’s exciting outdoor adventures but don’t have the gear to get started, then we’re here to help! Here are a few businesses that will make your trip to Orillia & Lake Country an easy one with affordable and high-quality gear rentals.


Overnight camping is a rite of passage in Orillia & Lake Country, though rounding up and maintaining your gear can be an expensive and time-consuming venture. These two rental services will help you prepare for your stay in mother nature, completely stress-free.

  • Carefree Camping Rentals offers high-quality camping gear in affordable packages. Prices range from $35 and up depending on the number of adults and nights you need the gear for, with basic kits including a high-quality tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, an LED flashlight, and a camp chair. Customize your kit by including cooking materials and utilities, and don’t forget to check Carefree Camping Rentals’ Handbook for a list of things to prepare before you head out on your excursion.
  • Horseshoe Valley Outfitters lets you customize your camping kit from the ground up. Choose from high-quality tents, sleeping pads, bags, and all the outdoor necessities you could ask for with pre-set three-day-long minimum fees included upfront to help you camp on a budget. Kayak, canoe, and e-bike rentals are also available to add to your outdoor experience.
Find a campground



Whether you’re looking to take the scenic route, or cycle through some of the area’s top local attractions, cycling Orillia & Lake Country is the perfect way to soak up some sun and take in the region’s natural beauty. Don’t worry about purchasing a new bike to get you started, you can test the trails before you begin with these local bike rental services.

  • Humdinger Bicycle Tours offers a variety of gravel and e-bikes for rent at varying daily rates so you can tour Simcoe County’s countryside. Additional services are available to help you plan your cross-regional trip, including luggage transfer services, passenger and bike shuttles, tour guides, and a support vehicle and driver if needed. If you have a few days to kill and want to get the real lay of the land and local businesses, check out their guided or self-guided tour packages.
  • Horseshoe Valley Outfitters provides several e-bikes for rent, all included with a guided GPS so you can explore nearby forested routes. Beginners and seasoned mountain bikers alike can appreciate the biking mecca that is Horseshoe Valley’s rolling hills. If you’re brand new to cycling and exploring the area, helmet rentals and private tour guides are also available.
  • Hardwood Ski & Bike is your one-stop shop for bike rentals, trail passes, and fun events! Take a gander at the wide selection of bike options to fit your needs and reserve your rental around one of the group ride events for an extra memorable experience. Offering a variety of beginner to advance trails, Hardwood is a great place to explore your adventurous side in familiar, guided territory.
  • The Bike Stop of Orillia offers both youth and adult hybrid bikes for rent at affordable daily flat rates. Located in downtown Orillia and within proximity to the City’s prized Millennium Trail – a 9.5 km flat and paved trail that borders Lake Couchiching – The Bike Stop of Orillia makes for an easy one-stop-shop so you can tour the cultural, historic, and scenic side of the city.
  • The Crank & Sprocket Bicycle Co. is a downtown Orillia gem. Located along Front St. N. and within proximity to Couchiching Beach Park, this family-owned and operated shop is passionate about the outdoors and cycling. Offering rental bikes tailored to you, The Crank & Sprocket can also get you started with the right shoes, clothing, and gear through online or in-store shopping. Looking for a repair? They do that too.
Cycling routes


Paddling, Kayaking, and Canoeing

With an abundance of historic waterways surrounding and flowing throughout Orillia and Lake Country, paddling has quickly become one of the region’s most popular pastimes in the summer months. Check out these local paddling rental companies to help you jump in!

  • Horseshoe Valley Outfitters offers visitors three different ways to get out on the water; by canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Rentals are offered up to 7 days maximum so you can make the most out of your visit to cottage-country. Local waterfronts range from just a 10 to 30-minute drive from the shop’s location.
  • A Breath of Fresh Air Outdoor Sports is conveniently located at Couchiching Beach Park in Orillia, the city’s prime downtown waterfront. Offering both adult and kid-sized kayak and paddleboard rentals with hourly rates, A Breath of Fresh Air is an affordable and easy way to have an on-the-water experience while you visit Orillia.
  • If you’re looking for a wellness experience, Sunrise Yoga Studio offers curated SUP yoga classes on one of Orillia’s most scenic waterfronts at the Leacock Museum. Board rentals can be reserved for your class ahead of time with the addition of a small fee, and you can even pair your class with a special cocktail on shore at Fare restaurant after the lesson.
Paddling routes



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