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
Located on Lake Simcoe at 131 Victoria Cresc. and west of Forest Avenue, Dwarf Village was a popular summer destination for more than 40 years.
Many area residents will remember the plywood cutouts of the Seven Dwarfs in front of the roadside cottage, with several more cottages near the lake.
During the 1950s and 60s there were at least six cottage sites on Lake Simcoe between West Street and Forest Avenue. These included Kenwood Cottages, Forest Park Cottages, Maple Leaf Cottages, Paradise Camp and Restful Camp. Most of these camps disappeared by the 1980s.
The increase in value and demand for residential waterfront lots, plus the popularity of camping and development of private and provincial campgrounds led to the demise of these thriving family industries.