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Orillia's 'fighting men' often marched to outlying areas to train

Orillia's 'fighting men' often marched to outlying areas to train

During First World War, the Simcoe Battalion was headquartered at Tudhope-Knox factory and Market Square was used as a drill ground in 1915
Swing bridge was a symbol of simpler times in Orillia

Swing bridge was a symbol of simpler times in Orillia

The swing bridge at Atherley was operated by a nearby resident and was in service until 1964 when a spike in tourism demanded a better system
Entrepreneur is reason behind 'Hawkins Corner' name on Hwy. 11

Entrepreneur is reason behind 'Hawkins Corner' name on Hwy. 11

Norway Pines Camp featured one-room cabins with large porches and were part of Al Hawkins' entreprise in Washago, Lake St. George area
Take a trip down memory lane to Orillia's 'main drag' in 1957

Take a trip down memory lane to Orillia's 'main drag' in 1957

Historic image reflects a different era in Orillia and features many famous local downtown landmarks that many will remember
Tudhope Park was a popular campground until 1988

Tudhope Park was a popular campground until 1988

City council, at the behest of descendants of the Tudhope Family, turned the property into a civic park that is 'enjoyed by all Orillians and visitors alike'
Orillia's 'home of rolls and honey' dates back to 1867

Orillia's 'home of rolls and honey' dates back to 1867

Fern Resort, 'Canada's finest family paradise,' had a catastrophic fire in 1964 but the lodge was replaced in just 81 days
E. B. Sarjeant, sons built busy marina at The Narrows

E. B. Sarjeant, sons built busy marina at The Narrows

Located at the north end of The Narrows, this marina - open from May to October - provided boat storage, ice, bait and Esso products
Horse racing on frozen Lake Couchiching was popular in 1920s

Horse racing on frozen Lake Couchiching was popular in 1920s

The excitement and daring of racing on ice attracted many spectators - and bettors - to winter carnivals and small towns like Orillia
Maples Motel has been a mainstay near the park for almost 70 years

Maples Motel has been a mainstay near the park for almost 70 years

Neighbourhood has seen many changes over the years but The Maples Motel remains unchanged in this prime location near Centennial Park
Take a trip down memory lane to Orillia's main street, circa 1930

Take a trip down memory lane to Orillia's main street, circa 1930

Long-time Orillians will recognize many of the businesses that were stationed on Orillia's main street back in the 1930s