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Postcard Memories

This lakeside property has a unique history dating back to mid 1850s

This lakeside property has a unique history dating back to mid 1850s

It started out as a family home, became a hotel and, for years, has been Birchmere Retirement Residence
Check out this bird's eye view of the downtown, circa 1964

Check out this bird's eye view of the downtown, circa 1964

This trip down memory lane harkens back to a different time of trains and and boat-building
A bustling day on the main street in downtown Orillia,  circa 1945

A bustling day on the main street in downtown Orillia, circa 1945

In our weekly trip down memory lane, we get a glimpse into the life of our downtown core more than seven decades ago
Iconic pavilion was built on edge of Lake Couchiching in 1912

Iconic pavilion was built on edge of Lake Couchiching in 1912

Take a trip down memory lane to a time when the only way to access the pavilion was by walking across a short bridge
It was a time when horse and buggies dominated the downtown

It was a time when horse and buggies dominated the downtown

On our weekly trip down memory lane, we get a glimpse into a bygone era in Orillia's bustling downtown
Central School first opened its doors to students in 1882

Central School first opened its doors to students in 1882

Building cost $12,000 and is Orillia's oldest public building with its original design
Fire destroyed Simcoe Lodge, an Atherley landmark

Fire destroyed Simcoe Lodge, an Atherley landmark

In this week's trip down memory lane, we focus on the Simcoe Lodge, built in the early 1900s on Creighton Street
Allan Cup win in 1973 was a golden moment for Orillia (8 photos)

Allan Cup win in 1973 was a golden moment for Orillia (8 photos)

Take a trip down memory lane to a time when the stands were packed to the rafters at the Orillia Community Centre
Life was a beach at Cooch Park in the 1920s

Life was a beach at Cooch Park in the 1920s

Take a trip down memory lane to a simpler time under the sun at Couchiching Beach
Orillia's first hospital had 20 beds and cost $16,000 (4 photos)

Orillia's first hospital had 20 beds and cost $16,000 (4 photos)

In today's Postcard Memories installment, we explore the origins of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital