Summer weather is here and you don’t want to miss one second of it! Orillia & Lake Country is your summer destination, 90 minutes North of the GTA where memorable experiences are waiting for you. There is so much to do, but we’ve got a head start on what’s on the menu in Orillia & Lake Country this summer. So, grab your sunnies and sunscreen and let’s dive in!
Treetop Trekking Barrie is situated in a sheltered grove amongst the rolling hills of Oro-Medonte, immerse yourself in the canopied trees as you climb through the courses. A perfect balance of adventure and serenity as you traverse courses of varying difficulty and heights, allowing for moments to take in the natural beauty around you. Located at Horseshoe Resort, you can go for the day or extend your stay and enjoy all that the resort has to offer.
Humdinger Bicycle Tours offer a series of all-inclusive cycling tours through Orillia & Lake Country. The Georgian Bay, Severn & Simcoe Loop Trail is one of Humdinger’s most popular tours. Spend 5 fabulous days cycling at your own pace through forests and farmland, alongside Georgian Bay, Severn River, Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, and experience a perfect mix of rural and urban. This trip covers the Simcoe County Loop Trail, and has 2 additional loops to Awenda Provincial Park and the Big Chute marine railway national historic site. The Orillia Pedals, Pints & Pubs Tour is a perfect weekend guided trek through Orillia and Oro-Medonte. Discover the Sunshine City’s historic sites and waterfront, travel through the natural beauty of Oro-Medonte and enjoy tastings at our region’s newest craft breweries, Couchiching Craft Brewing Co. and Quayle’s Brewery. Book your tours early, spots are limited and go quickly.
Festivals, Concerts and Theatre – oh my!
Live events make a welcome return with big names, big shows and lots more surprises to come. See what’s on now and what to plan for this summer!
The historic Orillia Opera House has a full roster of spring and summer shows to get out and enjoy! No matter the weather outside, there is a lively performance ready to welcome you in the Gordon Lightfoot Auditorium. Enjoy live music, comedy and dance from local and global talents. The Orillia Opera House shines with live theatre. From professional to community theatre, the quality of performance on the Opera House stage will leave you talking long after the curtains close. This spring, enjoy Mariposa Arts Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias from April 21 – 30th. The big hit is the return of the OOH’s Professional Live Theatre Summer Series. Escape into a world of laughter with three shows with multi-week runs through the summer season. Featuring the world premiere of Norm Foster’s newest play Doris and Ivy in the Home, followed by the sensational classic Driving Miss Daisy, and closing out the season is another of Norm Foster’s newest hits, Come Down from Up River. Make it a summer of theatre and book a flex pac with tickets to all three shows for $90!
The countdown is on to the reopening of Casino Rama Resort’s Entertainment Centre! The stage will light up again starting April 29th and 30th with a rocking weekend featuring Jake Owen and Avril Lavigne. This is only the beginning for what is to be a memorable season of entertainment. International legends will grace the stage this spring including Howie Mandel, Tom Cochrane, Michael Bolton, and Ringo Starr. Of note, Orillia’s own folk hero, Gordon Lightfoot, will be performing June 4th in a not-to-be missed show. The summer continues with a star-studded line up including Melissa Ethridge, Martina McBride, Ice Cube, Air Supply and yes, even the Masked Singer. These are just a few of the big names coming to Casino Rama Resort, check out the full line up and get your tickets!
The Mariposa Folk Festival is BACK and bigger than ever! Returning to Orillia’s Tudhope Park July 8th to 10th, this three day festival brings talent from around the world to the shores of Lake Couchiching. For six decades Mariposa has been presenting world class creators and performers of folk, roots, blues, gospel, acoustic and world music traditions in a beautiful, family-friendly setting. This year’s line up includes the likes of Lennon Stella, Serena Ryder, JP Saxe, Kathleen Edwards, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and many more! Tickets on sale now
Extend Your Stay: After a day out at a festival or live show, rest easy at one of Orillia’s hotels, conveniently located throughout the City near restaurants, boutique shops, and amenities. See the full list of Orillia’s accommodations Book Your Stay
All Inclusive Getaways
Orillia & Lake Country is home to many luxury resorts that are perfect for the family vacation or a romantic getaway. With seasonal specials and packages, enjoy a relaxing stay with loads of fun and recreation for everyone.
In Port Stanton, along the shores of Sparrow Lake, Bayview Wildwood Resort has been a family destination for generations. Spring Packages include Spring Weekend Getaways, Easter Getaway, Victoria Day Weekend, Cycle & Stay, Fishing and Golf Getaways. Book Your Stay
Casino Rama Resort is all about fun and relaxation. The casino features over 49 gaming tables and over 1700 slots to try your luck at and win big. Shop at the The Gathering Place boutiques featuring local Indigenous art and the latest fashions. Appetites hit the jackpot, with several unique restaurants to choose from, from fine dining or just a burger & a pint, there’s lots of options! Be pampered at the Balance in Life Spa and take in a show at the Entertainment Centre. Packages include Girls Night Out, Getaway for Two, and Entertainment Package. Book Your Stay
Known as Ontario’s All-Inclusive Resort, Fern Resort welcomes guests to the shores of Lake Couchiching for a getaway full of family fun. Come as a group and reconnect or escape as a couple and enjoy the beauty of the property. Packages include Early Spring Getaway, Easter Weekend, May Long Weekend and more! Book Your Stay
Adventure lives at Horseshoe Resort! Located in Oro-Medonte, find your thrill at this four season adventure resort. Featuring our 12-hole Valley Golf Course, downhill mountain biking, Treetop Trekking, Mini Putt, Yamaha Adventures, groomed hiking trails, two restaurants, the relaxing Amba Spa and more! Packages include Golf & Stay, Spa Your Way, Vetta Spa & Stay, Bike & Stay, and Stay Longer & Save. Book Your Stay
Over in Port Severn, Rawley Resort invites visitors to experience the best in relaxation. Retreat to nature, unwind with a spa treatment, indulge in culinary delights, all along the riverside of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Rawley offers a series of Bespoke Experiences, a curated collection of packages for a Girl’s Getaway, Workcation, Couple’s Retreat or just a change to disconnect from the every day. Book Your Stay
One with Nature
The natural landscape of Orillia & Lake Country blossoms in the spring and summer. Our waterways become playgrounds for paddlers and boaters, canopied forests are ready to be explored and the land is rich with heritage. What better way to experience all that nature has to offer than with stories by a fire and camping under the stars.
Black River Wilderness Park is a family campground that is run and operated by the Chippewas of Rama First Nation along the beautiful Black River which twists and bends throughout the park. With 180 acres of wilderness to surround you, explore the interpretive hiking trails, canoe or kayak down the river, discover Indigenous cultural programming, stock up at the trading post and more. Tent camping, rustic cabins, tipis, heated yurts and RV sites are all available. The park opens May 19th and reservations are now open! Book Your Stay
Orillia & Lake Country is home to three Ontario Provincial Parks, each with their own natural landscape to escape the hustle and bustle of the city while still being close to the Orillia area. Bass Lake Provincial Park may only be 10 minutes outside of Orillia, but feels like a full escape to the lapping shores of Bass Lake. Mara Provincial Park and McRae Point Provincial Park are both situated on the shoreline of Lake Simcoe in Ramara and within a 15 minute drive to Casino Rama. Mara has a beach to enjoy the waters of Lake Simcoe with the family. McRae Point has a boat launch and has pull-through campsites for larger equipment.
RV camping is available at Heidi’s Campground, family owned and operated since 1983 in Oro-Medonte. Overnight and seasonal camping available with lots of activities for the family as your home away from home. RV Trailers available for purchase at Heidi’s Superstore. Reservations are now open! Book Your Stay
Indulge your love of nature with an eco-retreat at Glen Oro Farm Luxury Camping. Stay in one of the farm’s Explorer’s Tents or Stargazer Domes where relaxation and sustainability are top of mind. Horseback riding is available for trail rides through canopied forests and beautiful look outs. Treat your tastebuds to a private chef fireside dining experience where the food is prepared before your eyes for a getaway to remember. Book Your Stay
Traveler Tip: Save your receipts! Ontarians are eligible for the Staycation Tax Credit when you stay at an eligible hotel, motel, resort, lodge, bed-and-breakfast establishment, cottage, or campground before December 21, 2022. Learn more about the credit here.
This is just the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting spring and summer season in Orillia & Lake Country! Follow us @OrilliaLakeCountry for more updates and where to find your next adventure.