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Choose Orillia Real Estate For Year-Round Fun



It’s the season of fun and joy, and if you’re wondering what Orillia real estate has to offer in that department, I’d say a lot! Orillia is a place you’d want to come home to not only because of its small-town charm despite its nearness to big-city Toronto, but also because something seems to be happening here each week! But why wait a week? Everyday is a special day here for me, and here’s why.

Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching Attractions

Orillia’s biggest draws, of course, are the two lakes that stand guard on either side of it like sentinels, and the wonderful lakefronts. I have great memories of growing up there. My dad used to bring us out to Lake Simcoe on a little row boat and we’d spend the day fishing for bass and pike. To this day, the lake has an unusually diverse marine life, so fishing is still popular here. Or you could do what I do and just stare out at the water from the shore. I find this very soothing and calming. If my friends are with me, it becomes a shared quiet moment, perhaps with a drink or two. All around the lake are resorts, campgrounds, parks and beaches where you can spend time relaxing with friends and family in a picnic or around a barbecue.

Immerse in Culture and the Arts

Orillia has preserved its unique heritage as the charming village of Mariposa, fondly called “Sunshine City,” in Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock’s 1912 book Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. You’ll see it in the picture-perfect quaint architecture of its buildings and in its well-preserved 19th-century downtown structures such as Orillia Opera House, Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building, and Central Public School, all of which are part of the Walking Tour of Historic Orillia. If you want to further step back in time, visit Mariposa Market’s celebrated bakeshop that serves delicacies the way Grandma baked them in the yesteryears, as well as its quaint café and shops that sell handmade crafts and decors for your home.

Orillia also has a very lively arts community. Each week, especially during the summer, a local arts group puts together some kind of festival or event. Just last September, we had the Orillia Beatles Celebration. They closed downtown and had concerts, dancers, guest speakers and the much awaited “Beatlemania Revisited” show at the Orillia Opera House. One of the oldest and biggest celebrations here in Orillia is the Mariposa Folk Festival, a three-day musicfest in July that features hundreds of Canadian musicians, dancers and performers. Also popular is the Orillia Jazz Festival in October.

Court Lady Luck, and More

If you’re looking for a change of pace, we have Casino Rama. It features 2,500 of the latest slot machines and over a hundred gaming tables and a 12-table poker room. You have all the opportunities to challenge lady luck and win big. And when you need a break from all the action, you can take your pick from among the eight restaurants serving the casino, or enjoy performances by some of the hottest names in the music industry at the Entertainment Centre.

Christmas Treats

If it’s fun all year round in Orillia, what more at Christmas? Check out our many special holiday events. I especially like the free horse and wagon rides, the carollers, and the free chocolate at some shops on Saturdays until December 21st in Downtown Orillia; The Nutcracker ballet by the Nureyev State Ballet Theatre Company at the Orillia Opera House; and for the kids closer to Christmas on December 21 to 23, the horse-drawn sleigh rides, face painting, crafts, petting farm, marshmallow roasting at Santafest at Santa’s Village.

Now do you see why I say that with Orillia real estate, there’s no shortage of fun? Have a merry Christmas!

About Bill Jackson

has been a realtor for nearly a decade in the charming city of Orillia in Ontario, where he was born and still resides. Of his two post-secondary degrees and two post-graduate certificates, his degree in Natural Science makes him a valuable resource for home buyers and investors interested in waterfront, farm and rural properties, which abound in Orillia. A real gentleman with a strong work ethic, his full focus is working full-time with clients; and he’s happiest when he has helped them find the best solution to their real estate needs and at the best price.



Published Monday, December 9, 2013 4:53 PM by Bill Jackson

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