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During the war, the Maple Leaf Club was a hot spot for soldiers

During the war, the Maple Leaf Club was a hot spot for soldiers

'Look your best ... change partners after every dance (and) do not leave the club with a soldier,' hostesses were instructed
Maple Leaf Club was the most popular place in town <b> (4 photos) </b>

Maple Leaf Club was the most popular place in town (4 photos)

The year it opened, more than 8,000 guests had registered to enjoy the activities 'hosted by the ladies of Orillia'
Narrows Motel was once popular spot for anglers and boaters

Narrows Motel was once popular spot for anglers and boaters

The motel opened in the late 1950s and operated for almost 30 years
Recalling the humble origins of Geneva Park <b>(3 photos)</b>

Recalling the humble origins of Geneva Park (3 photos)

The National YMCA purchased property from lumber baron William Thompson in early 1900s
'The Vic' was a downtown landmark in Brechin <b>(3 photos)</b>

'The Vic' was a downtown landmark in Brechin (3 photos)

The Victoria Hotel, built around 1890, served as the heart of downtown Brechin until the grand old building was demolished in the 1980s
Traders Bank once had prominent position in downtown Orillia

Traders Bank once had prominent position in downtown Orillia

This busy corner of the downtown later became home to a popular hardware store until the 1950s
Miss Orillia was a popular attraction for three decades

Miss Orillia was a popular attraction for three decades

The 26-foot long boat carried 30 passengers; a four-hour cruise to Sparrow Lake cost just $3 in the late 1950s
Welcome to the Terrace Room and the 1950s in downtown Orillia

Welcome to the Terrace Room and the 1950s in downtown Orillia

Jin Seto transformed the Star Café into the Shangri-La Gardens that became a downtown Orillia landmark for generations of locals and visitors
Did you know Cedar Island was originally named after a small fish?

Did you know Cedar Island was originally named after a small fish?

When Andrew Tait purchased this island in 1880, he changed its name to Cedar Island and when the CPR came to Orillia, things changed dramatically
Radar station in Edgar became community for disabled adults

Radar station in Edgar became community for disabled adults

Self-contained community featured living quarters, pool, bowling alley, barber shop, rink, general store, post office, school and much more