Throughout Orillia & Lake Country you can find countless of scenic and picturesque waterways that vary in difficulty for paddlers of all levels of experience. To help plan your trip, we’ve developed several routes for everyone to enjoy as well as packages, outfitters and things to do along the way.
Get out on the water and Paddle Lake Country!
Severn Township’s waterways provide many excellent paddling opportunities including the Coldwater River Voyage that starts in the historic town of Coldwater and leads you down the meandering Coldwater and North rivers. To experience the windswept pines and rocky outcroppings of Georgian Bay, we recommend the Matchedash to Georgian Bay Route.
Ramara offers several scenic paddling experiences with serene rivers and shorelines. Discover the Gentle Green River with quiet waterways and marshlands, clear waters, and green riverbed. Take the Black River to Wasdell Falls route to see the transition of riverbed colouration from the Green River to the Black River and features the first generating station built by Hydro-Electric Power Commission in 1914. The Black River Wilderness route is the perfect mix between a calm paddle, exciting white-water sections and cultural significance.
Discover Orillia’s heritage and landmarks by water on Orillia’s Cultural Route spanning the shoreline of Lake Couchiching by the Port of Orillia, Tudhope Park, the Stephen Leacock Museum and Orillia’s downtown. Trek the Path to the Fish Weirs route through the Narrows connecting Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe to the Mnjikaning Fishing Weirs National Historic Site.
In Oro-Medonte, you’ll find a quiet paddle full of wildlife with the Bass Lake Shoreline route. This is a great spot for beginners with shallow and calm waters. Enjoy camping and trails at Bass Lake Provincial park as well.
Check out our Paddling Guide and website that includes 14 different route options!

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Canadian Canoe Culture

Orillia and Lake Country is a proud supporter of the Canadian Canoe Culture campaign launched by the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) this year. We are working together to to get more people out canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rowing & SUPing, exploring our beautiful region and the Province!

Get inspired! Watch this short film called ‘The Canoe‘, produced by OTMPC. Check out the official trailer here, or to watch the full version, visit the OTMPC website.