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Postcard Memories

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
Do you remember the Broadway Café?

Do you remember the Broadway Café?

The current home of the Colborne Street Pet Hospital has been many things over the years
Santa Claus arrives at the Hospital for Feeble-Minded in 1912!

Santa Claus arrives at the Hospital for Feeble-Minded in 1912!

Historic Christmas card shows joyous children eagerly anticipating gift-laden sleigh pulled by two real deer
Grand old building, constructed in 1913, had a price tag of $30,000

Grand old building, constructed in 1913, had a price tag of $30,000

Do you remember when this building was an armory? Home to Georgian College? Trade shows?
Busy downtown corner has been home to many businesses

Busy downtown corner has been home to many businesses

Blackburn Auto was located at corner of West and Colborne in the 1940s
Christmas Day fire ravaged The Palmer House in 1974

Christmas Day fire ravaged The Palmer House in 1974

This week's trip down memory lane harkens back to a dark day in the downtown
A view of Orillia from a church steeple, circa 1928

A view of Orillia from a church steeple, circa 1928

In our weekly trip down Memory Lane, we get a glimpse into Orillia's skyline 90 years ago
Braeside Camp was once a popular rest stop on the highway

Braeside Camp was once a popular rest stop on the highway

Take a trip down Memory Lane to 1940 along Highway 11 ... and enjoy Country Club ice cream!
More than 130 Orillia men joined C Company to help the war effort

More than 130 Orillia men joined C Company to help the war effort

Company marched to Longford before snow and sleet prompted them to hop a train back to town