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A glimpse into the golden age of industry in the heart of Orillia

A glimpse into the golden age of industry in the heart of Orillia

Orillia was home to many vibrant industries in the 1950s
Novelty greeting cards abounded in golden age of postcards

Novelty greeting cards abounded in golden age of postcards

These could be found in any town; often just the name of the town was different
Take a trip down Memory Lane to Orillia's main drag, in the 1960s

Take a trip down Memory Lane to Orillia's main drag, in the 1960s

Check out the familiar stores and modern mercury-vapor streetlights
Do you remember the Orillia Motor Camp?

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
Ice harvesting was once a major industry on local lakes

Ice harvesting was once a major industry on local lakes

Back in the early 1900s, Orillia's 'newest industry employed more than 150 men and boys' during the winter
Do you know the story behind Somebody's Mother monument?

Do you know the story behind Somebody's Mother monument?

Monument was erected in 1934; its fountains were turned off due to vandalism many years ago
Do you remember the Sunshine Motor Camp?

Do you remember the Sunshine Motor Camp?

Take a trip down memory lane to a team room and a time of 'promotional overstatement'
Owaissa Lodge was a local landmark

Owaissa Lodge was a local landmark

Take a trip down memory lane to an idyllic, 78-acre property on the lake that later became home to Orr-Walton Sports Camp
Before Champlain stood sentinel at Orillia's waterfront!

Before Champlain stood sentinel at Orillia's waterfront!

This postcard, circa 1920, captures a dramatically different lakeside landscape than today's vista
Ragged Rapids power plant helped put Orillia on the map

Ragged Rapids power plant helped put Orillia on the map

Orillia made history as continent's first town to build its own hydro plant for long-distance transmission of power