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Do you remember the Sunshine Motor Camp?

Take a trip down memory lane to a team room and a time of 'promotional overstatement'

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 Sunshine Motor Camp was located on the east side of Laclie Street just south of Fittons Road, where a commercial plaza is now located.

Laclie Street was part of Highway 11 during the 1940s and 1950s when the camp was in operation.

This postcard advertises modern cabins and a tea room on the shore of Lake Couchiching.    

There were several cabins on the property. One can be seen to the right of the main building, and a sign advertising lunches is quite prominent near the entrance. 

Although there was very little development at that time between the camp and the lakeshore several blocks away, the claim to being on the shore is a promotional overstatement, quite common during the times.   

The Sunshine Motor Camp was owned by Mrs. E. Parkhurst who, judging by the number of signs on the building, knew the benefits of advertising.    

Close inspection reveals a sign shaped like a teapot, a large Coca-Cola sign, and, over the nearest awning, a sign offering free information.   

Newton-Croxall Ltd., a Mississaga Street furniture store, advertises a branch outlet on the large sign over the farthest awning.   

Wool blankets, English china, novelties and souvenirs were available here for purchase.    

Many Orillians will remember the Rose Room dance hall located here.    

In 1956, the property became the site of Green Gables Garage, a BMW dealership which sold and serviced Austin, Morris and Nash cars.  

The garage had been demolished by the early 1970s and replaced with a mall which included Macleans Variety and Vic Cairns I.G.A.