Marine News from the Great Lakes

Port of Orillia 2017 To Be a Special Year

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Port of Orillia is a destination as much as it is a marina. The marina is operated by the Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the City and offers over two hundred slips for transient boaters only, which makes it unique on the section of the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The 2017 boating season which runs from Friday, May 12 to the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend will be a special one for the port with 2017 marking Canada’s 150th birthday. As part of the celebrations Park Canada will be opening their parks and historic waterways for free to all visitors. Boaters will be able to cruise the Trent-Severn Waterway without any lockage fees so this makes Orillia a great destination this summer.

The other reason is the scheduled opening of the new Orillia Waterfront Centre.  The Port of Orillia’s main building was destroyed by fire in December 2014 so boaters have long anticipated the opening of the new facility.

The new facility will be bright and modern with plenty of glass allowing natural light to flood the atrium that will serve as the visitor centre and social area for the marina. The new public and private boaters only showers and washrooms will be larger and modern, to meet the needs of transient boaters.

While it may be underused some week days do to a lack of seasonal boaters, don’t be fooled, as this popular destinations fills up on busy summer weekends and reservations are a must when one of several special events are being hosted by the port.

The 2017 Calendar of Events includes the Spring Boat, Cottage and Outdoor Show, June 9 to 11, Christmas in June on June 24th and the Orillia Waterfront Festival, August 11 to 13.

The Port of Orillia is adjacent to Champlain Park, with its beaches, boardwalk, trails, and gardens so it’s a great spot to stretch you legs and let the kids burn off some steam.  

Downtown Orillia is just steps away where you’ll find plenty of restaurants, shops, and all of the supplies required for cruising boaters and more. Close by are grocery, drug, and the LCBO liquor and beer stores.  

The port offers 220 slips, with water and 30 and 50-amp power. Depths range 3 to 6 feet and the marina can handle boats up to 80 with a 5-foot draft. To check availability you can call ahead on Channel 68 for a slip or for access to the day use dock. Or call 705-326-6314.

tags: Boat Show, Destination

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