The Trent-Severn Waterway Opens All The Locks

The Trent-Severn Waterway is now completely open for the new 2017 navigation season! All locks are open from Trenton to Georgian Bay. Many businesses are located through and along the Trent-Severn Waterway area, such as Washago’s R Cottage restaurant. This is a great place located right in Washago and is a great place to stop for […]

10 Amazing Paddle Routes in Ontario’s Lake Country

Paddle and Explore Lake Country In Ontario’s Lake Country we are blessed with some of the most beautiful and scenic waterways in Simcoe County, just one hour north of Toronto. The region is nestled within some of Ontario’s most picturesque waterfronts along Lake Couchiching, Lake Simcoe and the Trent-Severn Waterway. The best way to experience […]

Orillia Perch Festival – Catch Some Fun

There was something about that spot bathed in sunlight on the bank of the canal leading into Lake Simcoe. It wasn’t the quietest – in fact lots of giggling and squeals of excitement could be heard. Those fishing weren’t the most intense with the best and latest fishing gadgets – no, they were a pretty […]


Orillia and Canada, each born in 1867, will celebrate their 150th anniversary, together, this year. “We are having a year-long community celebration to mark the sesquicentennial of both Orillia and Canada,” said Jacqueline Soczka, the city’s manager of culture. “It’s important to take pause once in a while to look back through the ages to […]


TASTE & EXPERIENCE THE CANADIAN FLAVOURS OF ONTARIO’S LAKE COUNTRY Ontario’s Lake Country, ON:  This popular and sought after event is back again this spring with delicious lunch and dinner options. It provides a great reason to get out and enjoy our local restaurants and taste the various menu items created by local chefs. Canadian […]

Tap Into Maple 2017

  With snowshoes providing solid footing, Tom Shaw was traipsing through his Oro-Medonte Township acreage last week, drilling metal spigots into the 4,000 maple trees that will, in a matter of weeks, produce about 160,000 litres of sap – that magnificent watery liquid needed to create mouth-watering maple syrup. “We have been tapping trees in […]

Family Winter Fun

Winter and fun are two words often used together in Ontario’s Lake Country. We feel truly blessed in this region offering such vast and diverse activities year-round. With Family Day Weekend quickly approaching, make Ontario’s Lake Country your go-to destination for your families. At an hour and a half drive North of Toronto it makes […]

Embrace Winter

Ontario’s Lake Country is basking in an old-fashioned Canadian winter. So, why not embrace the spirit of the season and get outside and enjoy Mother Nature’s bounty! In Ontario’s Lake Country, lots of snow translates into lots of opportunity to engage in quintessential Canadian activities such as snowshoeing, skating, snowmobiling, skiing, ice-fishing, tobogganing … you […]

Downtown Orillia’s 2017 Mural Project Call to Artist!

The Downtown Orillia Management Board, in partnership with the City of Orillia, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, is seeking artist to submit designs for the creation of a public mural. The mural will commemorate and celebrate Orillia’s 150th anniversary. To be located in Downtown Orillia, the mural looks to capture the richness of Orillia’s past, […]


Be sure to share your experiences with us by tagging #PaddleOLC on Social Media! One of the best ways to truly experience the wonder and beauty of Ontario’s Lake Country is to get out on the water – a credo Mike Bartlett lives by. The paddling guru from Swift Canoe and Kayak of Waubaushene spends as much […]