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Surrounded by historic waterways, Orillia's title as the gateway to cottage country is well earned. Offering two sandy beaches, endless lakefront trail systems, and plenty of green space to soak up that famous Sunshine City weather, Orillia is where the outdoor fun begins. 


Get on the water


Couchiching Beach at sunset

Beaches and public swim

Orillia is nestled between two beautiful lakes and offers many places to swim and enjoy water sports.

Orillia operates two public beach areas: Couchiching Beach, located at Couchiching Beach Park, and Moose Beach, located at J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park. During the summer months, Moose Beach becomes home to the floating witbit waterpark, SplashON

A variety of Orillia's parks are also home to splashpads for all ages to enjoy. 

Keep up-to-date with public swim conditions and access on our Orillia beaches webpage.

Visit Moose Beach Visit Couchiching Beach Check conditionsSplash pads


Group of friends paddling on Lake Couchiching

Boating, paddling, and water sports

Orillia is a well-known and favoured stop for those voyaging the historic 386-kilometre Trent-Severn Waterway. Home to a wide variety of marinas, which includes The Port of Orillia, or rather, "The Jewel of the Trent;" Orillia's waterfronts are within walking distance to scenic trails, sandy beaches, ample green space, live entertainment, and world-class shopping and dining. 

While visiting the Port, make sure to check out the park's many festivals and events, take in a live show at the Rotary Aqua Theatre, explore downtown Orillia's shopping, dining, and cultural district; and indulge in our excellent waterfront amenities.

Paddlers and water-sport lovers of all kinds come to Orillia to explore our cultural routes and warm-water adventures. Launch your vessel, take the scenic route, and experience the warm waters of "The Twin Lakes."

Port of OrilliaMarinasPaddling routesRentals and outfittersWhere to launch


Fishing pier on Lake Couchiching in Orillia

All season fishing

Surrounded by Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, Orillia is also just a cast away from Sparrow Lake, where you can mosey up the Severn River and then over the lift locks at Big Chute into Gloucester Pool. You can also drop a line in Bass Lake, the Narrows, Lake St. John or countless other lakes, streams and ponds. During winter, ice fishing is a favourite local pastime. 

Please review the fishing regulations to find out more about official regulations and information on fishing in Ontario or call The Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-667-1940.

Need some gear before you head out? Local business A Breath of Fresh Air offers ice hut rentals for fishing on Lake Couchiching. Orillia is also home to a variety of sports stores offering gear purchases. Visit our local business directory to help you find your way. 

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Discover the great outdoors


Couple hiking through Scout ValleyScout Valley

A 230-acre nature oasis, Scout Valley offers three loop trails which are dominated by mature deciduous forest. There is also a refreshing spring of water and a small stream. At the top of the hill is a lookout with fine views across Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.

The oldest house in Orillia, known as Regan House, has also found new life at Scout Valley after being moved and lovingly reconstructed at the Line 15 parking lot entrance. 

Before visiting, we encourage you to visit the Couchiching Conservancy website to learn more about conservation efforts, landscape information, and view available trail maps. Please note, cycling is not permitted within Scout Valley.

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The Millennium Trail on the shores of Lake Couchiching in OrilliaTrails 

The City of Orillia maintains more than 29 kilometres of trails that complement our remarkable waterfronts and scenic landscapes. 

For the enjoyment of outdoor enthusiasts, the entire trail from J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park to Wilson's Point Road is plowed on a regular basis through the winter, as well as the boardwalk lit.

Get out and enjoy Orillia all year-round for some hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, fat biking, cross country skiing, and more! 

All trailsCycling points of interestTour the Millennium TrailSnowmobile trails


Parks, sports, and outdoor fun


The City of Orillia is well known and well regarded for its impressive parks. Home to an extensive list of sports fields, our public parks also famously host annual festivals and events such as the Mariposa Folk Festival. From tranquil waterfront spaces, fun playgrounds, and splash pads to beautifully manicured lawns and flower gardens, these public spaces are designed to enhance and complement the natural beauty of our community.

A full list of public parks can be found by visiting our parks webpage, along with detailed information on supplied amenities. Below you can find a list of available sports spaces, along with nearby outdoor recreation-driven businesses. 

Baseball Diamonds

Orillia has some of the finest baseball diamonds in the region. Diamonds can be found at the following parks:

Bayview Park
- 1 small unlit diamond

Kitchener Park
- 2 lit diamonds

Franklin Carmichael Park
- The Cliff Yeo Diamond is a  large, unlit diamond

McKinnell Square Park
- Gander Ross Diamond is a lit diamond
- Dean Heliotis Diamond is an unlit diamond

J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park
- Jerry Udell Diamond is a large lit diamond
- Tudhope Diamond is a medium sized lit diamond

For information on booking a ball diamond including rental rates, please visit the Booking a Facility or Park page. 

Golf 

Orillia is home to Couchiching Golf Club, a semi-private parkland style course featuring 9 holes. Visit couchichinggolf.com for hours, bookings, and services.

Playgrounds & Splash Pads

Orillia hosts over two dozen playgrounds open to the public. View our playgrounds webpage to view the full listing.

Six splash pads exist throughout the city's parks and waterfronts. Visit our splash pads webpage for up-to-date information.

Skateboard Park

Located in Veterans' Memorial Park, the Kiwanis Skateboard Park was built in 1999 through the hard work of many people in the community. Some of the features of the park include a fun box, bank, rails, stairs with rail, and snake run. Please consider the following when using the park:

  • Helmets must be worn by all participants
  • All litter must be placed in containers
  • No foul language is permitted
  • No food or drink is permitted on the concrete skateboard pad

Skating Rinks

The City of Orillia operates eight free outdoor skating rinks throughout the city that are open in the winter depending upon the weather.

Visit our outdoor rinks webpage for current hours and rink status.

Sharpening Services

 The following businesses may offer skate sharpening services, please visit their website for up-to-date information:

 

 Sports Fields

The Community Services Department maintains and books sports fields in three locations. Various sized fields are available that are both lit and unlit. Sports fields are available for soccer, rugby, football, field lacrosse and any other field sports.

 

Kitchener Park

  • 2 full-size lit natural turf fields
  • 1 three-quarter sized unlit natural turf field
  • Multiple smaller sized unlit natural turf fields

West Orillia Sports Complex

  • 1 full size lit artificial turf field
  • 1 full size lit natural turf field
  • 2 three-quarter sized unlit natural turf fields

For information on booking a sports field, including rental rates, please visit the Booking a Facility or Park page. 

Tennis Courts

The City operates tennis courts at three separate locations:  

West Orillia Sports Complex 
- 4 lit courts

Kitchener Park 
- 2 lit courts

Morningstar Park 
- 2 unlit courts

Courts remain open until end of October (weather dependant) and are available free to the public all day outside of the times that the Orillia Tennis Club and Community Services Department have them booked for league play and registered programs. To view the programs booked through the City of Orillia, please visit the SUN Registration System.

 Please visit the Orillia Tennis Club's etiquette poster and view current court rules below:

• Only tennis or running shoes are permitted on the courts

• Only tennis is permitted on these courts

• Sitting/leaning on nets is damaging and is strictly prohibited

• As a courtesy, if people are waiting, limit play to one hour

• Keep the courts tidy and safe

• Respect players on the courts

 


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