Things To Do In Orillia

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Northern Lakes Marine floats aquaphiles atop welcoming waters with adventure-inducing rentals and the convenient inclusion of all necessary safety equipment. The Sea-Doo smoothly launches one to three passengers on a 155-horsepower cruise that is swift enough to tow an upright water skier ($110/hr.). While quietly sailing along the lake's surface, riders may take turns wakeboarding, tubing, or piloting the watercraft. Intrepid wave runners receive a temporary license before their leisurely journey, as well as all required equipment, such as life jackets, a jerry can of gas, a fuel gauge, and a large jar of honey to deflect roving water bears.

1006 Theatre Rd
Gravenhurst,
ON
CA

Back Country Paintball sculpts more than 16 acres of rustic Muskoka landscape into safe and thrilling action terrain. Paint-slingers play survival of the cleanest while prowling playing fields modeled after urban warfare, a Wild West town, and a pit-course level from the game Call of Duty. Contenders enter the field with guns, unlimited air, and masks (a $20 value per person), plus overalls (a $5 value), and 100 total paintballs (a $12 value). From there, triggermen and women dodge pigment projectiles by ducking behind boulders and pines, diving into bunkers, or shamelessly standing behind a teammate.

80 Gibbs Road
Bracebridge,
ON
CA

When it opened in 1922, Cedarhurst Golf Club wasn't an 18-hole course. It wasn't even a nine-hole course, a driving range, or an early simulator made with a scrolling painted screen. It opened with just three holes, and remained that way for four years until renowned architect Stanley Thompson came along to bring it up to a nine-hole layout. Mr. Thompson himself would go on to a decorated career as a course architect, designing courses such as Banff Springs and Jasper Park and founding the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Cedarhurst, meanwhile, continued to expand, with a clubhouse built in 1935 and a back nine designed by Bert Turcotte that was added in 1964.

Today players pass through that original clubhouse en route to a round on the 18-hole course. They might notice a marked difference between the front and back nines, primarily between Thompson's narrow fairways and small greens on the front and Turcotte's extreme length and large greens on the back. Even so, the most difficult hole is the par 3 third, where players must crush a 243-yard tee shot while being careful to avoid the out-of-bounds area that runs down the right side.

825 Thorah Concession Rd. 4
Beaverton,
ON
CA

Chirping birds and the wind in the trees are the only sounds that break the silence in Bruce's Mill Conservation Area. Until a human flies screaming through the canopy, that is. Treetop Trekking six aerial-rope courses wind through the forest canopies, challenging visitors with levels of difficulty increasing from beginner to advanced. Guides begin each adventure with a brief equipment-and-technique orientation, and gradually clear visitors for more difficult runs based on their performance.

Once they're cleared for climbing, participants scramble across bridges made of swinging, suspended logs. They crawl across webs of cargo netting, and swing through monkey cables. Treetop Trekking Stouffville also includes the giant 650' long Monarch zip line. Guides help adventure-seekers navigate these treetop courses during regular day tours.

1235 Deerhurst Dr
Huntsville,
ON
CA

The intimate venue known today as City Theatre opened its doors in 1993 as the Second City Detroit. Renamed in 2004, the space still hews to the comedy troupe’s mission with a packed schedule of thigh-slapping theatrical performances. The stage is located inside the Hockeytown Café, where the entertainment is supplemented by a menu of beer, buffalo wings, and deep-fried pucks.

20 Mississaga Street West
Orillia,
ON
CA

During "Richard Scarry's Busytown: Busytown Busy", adorable critters from the best-selling books and highly rated CBC television series make their theatrical debut, enchanting preschoolers and postschoolers alike in an interactive, family-friendly musical adventure. The story's plotline centres on a talent show in the magical world of Busytown, where sweet, irresistible animals work together to discover their own unique abilities, besides being able to talk and walk upright. A barnyard of domesticated characters––including Huckle Cat (the problem solver), Sally Cat (the confident socialite), Lowly Worm (the worm who is lowly), and Sergeant Murphy (the safety dog)––enlists the audiences’ help to resolve minor mysteries and belt out sing-alongs about safety, imagination, and community spirit. With captivating picture-book sets and snuggle-ready costumes, children can immerse themselves in the Richard Scarry experience without the dangers of commercial breaks or paper cuts.

20 Mississaga Street West
Orillia,
ON
CA