(Re-posting a previous post, for no particular reason)
I think you should include Orillia in your future travel plans.
Why would you not? It was the home of Gordon Lightfoot, Stephen Leacock, Rick Ley, and Dino’s pool hall for goodness sakes. It’s historic.
In Bobby Orr’s book “Orr, My Story”, he says his hockey school with Mike Walton was in the Muskokas. It wasn’t. It was just outside Orillia, which is below the Muskokas.
In fact, the only time he mentioned Orillia was when he said his former agent and ex-friend Alan Eagleson had a cottage near there.
It took Gordon Lightfoot about twenty years into his career before saying he was from Orillia and not Toronto.
Stephen Leacock changed the name from Orillia to Mariposa in his book “Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town”.
Dino’s pool hall burned down.
Rick Ley has always seemed a proud Orillian, even though he hasn’t lived there since the 1960s..
My ongoing unofficial poll, which I’ve conducted for years, asks old friends who now live in places not called Orillia. “Could you ever live in Orillia again?”, to which about 98% say no.
I could, I think. But maybe not.
And about the Lightfoot thing, maybe it didn’t help that a guy I knew went in through an unlocked back door at a Lightfoot concert at Orillia’s Opera House and stole Gordon’s or one of the band member’s leather jacket. It must have put a sour taste in Gordon’s mouth, which is understandable.
Below, Gordon’s boyhood home in Orillia.