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Severn Bridge railway station once bustled with visiting tourists

Severn Bridge railway station once bustled with visiting tourists

Tourists would often stop at the Severn station and take a steamer down the Severn River to the resorts on Sparrow Lake
Intersection of Mississaga and West looked a little different in 1920

Intersection of Mississaga and West looked a little different in 1920

While some of the buildings look similar, the cars reflected the era of the 1920s - as did the large concrete flower barrel in the middle of the intersection
Atherley lakefront was a popular spot in the early 1900s

Atherley lakefront was a popular spot in the early 1900s

The Second Hotel and Simcoe Lodge were destinations back when Highway 12 South ran along Creighton Street before veering east toward Brechin
Little Harry Candy Palace was a sweet spot in downtown Orillia

Little Harry Candy Palace was a sweet spot in downtown Orillia

Archie Carter purchased the Candy Palace, developed his own ice cream recipe, expanded and, eventually, operated one of the best restaurants north of Toronto
Boys from Orillia paraded on Main Street to prepare for war

Boys from Orillia paraded on Main Street to prepare for war

Militia units across Canada, including the 35th Regiment Simcoe Foresters, offered their services to the war effort in 1914
'Merry making' at Couchiching Beach in the 1880s

'Merry making' at Couchiching Beach in the 1880s

Part of the 'Picturesque Canada' series, this photo captured an idyllic image of people enjoying Couchiching Beach Park in the 1880s
Aerial view captures Couchiching Beach Park in 1959

Aerial view captures Couchiching Beach Park in 1959

Take a trip down memory lane to see what Orillia's biggest waterfront park looked like more than six decades ago
Lumber baron's Idler ferried people from Geneva Park to Orillia

Lumber baron's Idler ferried people from Geneva Park to Orillia

In the 1880s, John Thomson increased his family's land holdings in Longford to include Geneva Park, which was eventually sold to the YMCA
Did you know Orillia's Legion was once a CPR train station?

Did you know Orillia's Legion was once a CPR train station?

Canadian Pacific Railway built the line and station on Orillia's waterfront in 1911 and operated on shore of Lake Couchiching until early 1930s
At height of war effort, 1,600 people — half women — toiled at Otaco

At height of war effort, 1,600 people — half women — toiled at Otaco

The West Street plant pivoted from making farm implements to machining parts for planes needed by the Allies in the Second World War