City of Orillia
The Mariposa Folk Festival takes place in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, a town that, to this day, retains the charming character that Canadian humorist, Stephen Leacock, gently spoofed in his favous novella titled Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, published in 1912. Leacock based his little town on Orillia and called it Mariposa, which is where Canada’s ‘Grand Dame’ of folk festivals got its name. The Stephen Leacock Home Museum is a National Historic Site, and it is just a few minutes stroll from Mariposa Folk Festival along the Gordon Lightfoot Trail.
Orillia’s historic and charming main street has lots of shops, restaurants and other things to discover.
Many tourists are attracted to Orillia because of its waterfront parks, busy port and other natural attractions. The city’s waterfront has an extensive lakeshore boardwalk, parks, beaches, several playgrounds, an outdoor theatre, a touring ferry, and a children’s’ train.
The Lightfoot trail (named after Orillia native son, Gordon Lightfoot) is part of the TransCanada Trail. It winds through Orillia on former Canadian National Railway tracks. The trail is often close to the waterfront, always has beautiful, natural scenery, and most parts have been paved. It is a great place to stroll, relax and unwind.
In the region around Orillia known as Huronia, named after the Huron Nation, there are many wonderful sites and attractions that will keep you and your family enthralled. Check out these links:
Champlain Monument in Couchiching Park
Southern Georgian Bay and
Lake Simcoe Region
Discover the unrivalled beauty and diversity of this gateway to the picturesque 30,000 Islands – a necklace of gems set in a water playground. Take an enchanting boat cruise on crystal-clear waters. Play among dramatic dunes and build your own sandcastles on the world’s longest freshwater beach. Be wowed by astounding rock formations sculpted thousands of years ago by receding glaciers. Wander through wetlands where songs of rare bird species are heard every day.
This is Lake Country!
Though Lake Country’s assets abound, none are more perfect than its lakes, rivers, and streams. Obviously, the water sports are out of this world. In fact, some of the best boating in Canada can be found here, as Lake Country is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway. This provides access to beautiful Georgian Bay, at one end, and Lake Ontario, at the other end.
Casino Rama s just a hop-skip-and-jump from Mariposa Folk Festival.
Other Area AttractionsWithin a half hour’s drive from Orillia, there are lots interesting attractions to keep you and your family busy and entertained. After you have spent a couple days visiting Orillia’s attractions, why not visit Midland, Barrie and some of the other great communities in the area?