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Do you remember the Orillia Motor Camp?

In the 1940s and 1950s, up to 20,000 campers flocked to this Portage Bay paradise each summer

Postcard Memories is a weekly series of historic postcard views and photos submitted by Marcel Rousseau. Some were previously published by the Orillia Museum of Art and History and in the book Postcard Memories Orillia. You can take a trip down memory lane with us each Saturday morning!

The dock at the Orillia Motor Camp was located in Portage Bay on the east side of what is now Tudhope Park.

These two pleasant summer views show several children swimming and boating in the shallow bay, with Couchiching Point in the background.

The long wooden dock, resting on log cribs filled with stone, would not have survived for many years due to the harsh winters of the 1950s.

The small dock with the two cedar strip boats was reserved for a few choice campsites.

Portage Bay was a very active spot during the 1940s and 1950s when as many as 20,000 campers a year registered at the Orillia Motor Camp.