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Orchard Point Inn featured bowling alleys, dance hall and much more

Orchard Point Inn featured bowling alleys, dance hall and much more

According to a 1912 newspaper account, one of the first attempts at water skiing in the area occurred during the popular annual regatta at The Narrows
Popularity of 'tall tale' postcards was larger than life <b>(3 photos)</b>

Popularity of 'tall tale' postcards was larger than life (3 photos)

Postcards were popular during a period when receiving a light-hearted, humorous note was a most welcome relief from the sobering events of the day
Fire in 1915 was almost curtains for Orillia's Opera House <b>(3 photos)</b>

Fire in 1915 was almost curtains for Orillia's Opera House (3 photos)

Orillia's iconic Opera House, gutted by a fire that burned out of control for hours, was rebuilt within two years at a cost of about $60,000
Sunday School Orchestra used to hit all the right notes

Sunday School Orchestra used to hit all the right notes

In 1908, an article in the Orillia Times said the Methodist Sunday School orchestra was of 'a very high order ... and evoked loud applause' at the Opera House
Sunshine Motor Camp was a popular spot for tourists

Sunshine Motor Camp was a popular spot for tourists

In the 1940s, the camp consisted of several modern cabins, a general store, lunch room and a dance hall known as the Rose Room
Lumber baron's 'White House' became home to Camp Couchiching

Lumber baron's 'White House' became home to Camp Couchiching

The White House is long gone, but Camp Couchiching is still going strong on the property purchased from the YMCA in 1945
Beach has been community gathering spot for 110-plus years

Beach has been community gathering spot for 110-plus years

Couchiching Beach Park has long been recognized 'as one of the most attractive municipal parks in Ontario'
New swing bridge over Atherley Narrows was built in 1925

New swing bridge over Atherley Narrows was built in 1925

Two of the spans from the original 1890 iron bridge are still in use at Duck Bay Road in Waubaushene
People came from miles around for Pringle's homemade pies <b>(4 photos) </b>

People came from miles around for Pringle's homemade pies (4 photos)

General store, garage with gas pumps and restaurant in Ardtrea was a popular spot in the 1950s and 1960s
Cannons at Couchiching Beach came from Quebec in 1905

Cannons at Couchiching Beach came from Quebec in 1905

The town had to commit to the cost of arranging and paying transportation to Orillia from Quebec City, which came with a price tag of $98