LEACOCK MUSEUM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE – For over fifty years the Leacock Museum has been welcoming visitors to the Old Brewery Bay on the shores of Lake Couchiching. This stately, 19-room summer home represents Stephen Leacock’s lifetime love affair with Orillia, a town he immortalized as the mythical Mariposa in his quintessential best-seller Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.
Included in the nearly 10- acre site are Leacock House, the Boathouse, and the museum archives and administration building. Don’t forget to stop by the Leacock Cafe and enjoy some amazing food and beverages, or stop through on the trails for some ice cream! The museum grounds feature gardens and trails such as the Orillia Millenium Trail or the Lightfoot Trail that travels throughout Orillia along the waterfront, through the property! These trails are ideal for a stroll, especially in their summer fullness or during fall colours. Enjoy the amazing waterfront, located on Lake Couchiching makes for some amazing views and a convenient spot to take a break from paddling and enjoy this local historic site! Open year round and available for rentals, meetings and special events.
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Enjoy Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding from the Sunrise Yoga Studio private beach then paddle over to the Leacock Cafe where you can relax at the lakeside patio. Dinner and drinks will be creatively catered by Chef Marie. After the break, paddle into the sunset before concluding your evening back at the Sunrise beach. Cost of registration includes paddle board rental only. Food/bev/gratuity cost to be paid at time of event to Leacock cafe.Find out more »
Calling all poets and poetry lovers – Join us here at the Leacock Museum on Sunday, July 15 for the Third Annual Connor Prize Poetry Contest! The K. Valerie Connor Memorial Competition was created by the late Harry Connor in honour of his wife, a former local poet, artist, and volunteer in Orillia. Enter your poems for a chance to win cash prizes in the Elementary, Secondary, or Adult categories. Elementary and Secondary entrants submissions are free, and Adult submissions…Find out more »
Join us here at the Leacock Museum for our Summer Festival from Wednesday, July 18 to Sunday, July 22! Literature, activities, presentations, food, and more! Wednesday, July 18 7pm - Shakespeare in the Park TBA Thursday, July 19 2pm - Manticore Books TBA 7pm - TBA Friday, July 20 10am - workshop TBA 7pm - Humour Showcase featuring: J.C. Villamere TBA TBA Saturday, July 21 4pm - TBA 9pm - TBA Sunday, July 22 2pm - TBA 7pm - TBAFind out more »
Join us here at the Leacock Museum on Saturday, July 28 for Children's Day, comic book style! More details to come - stay tuned!Find out more »
"In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars." – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Darling, it wouldn't be a party without you! Join us for a magical night of dining, dancing, and romancing in Great Gatsby fashion. Put on your top hat and tails or your flapper dress and get ready for a night you won't soon forget. Dinner, cash bar, lawn games with prizes, live…Find out more »
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Join us for Christmas At Hogwarts and enjoy Christmas dinner with the professors, have your photo taken by the Orillia Public Library, participate in the silent auction, and receive a special keepsake ornament! More details and ticket info to come. This is a 19+ event.Find out more »