Destination guide

Orillia is a constantly surprising lakeside community

Located in the heart of Ontario’s lake country, around 90 minutes by car from central Toronto, Orillia is a small city surrounded by an expanse of natural beauty. Its ever-bustling downtown area is awash with quirky art galleries, cherished cultural venues, enticing eateries, and cosy cafés. Meanwhile, its pristine waterfront parks are hives of activity in the warmer months, when you can soak up the sunshine whilst enjoying free live music. And with an array of appealing Orillia vacation rentals to choose from, you can look forward to savoring a home-away-from-home atmosphere.

Things to do

Glittering casinos and magical museums in Orillia

Casino Rama is Orillia’s premier all-season, open-all-hours attraction. This sprawling, seductively luxurious complex is home to an array of gaming tables, 1000s of clattering slot machines, and decadent all-you-can-eat buffets, where you can feast like royalty on cuisine from every corner of the globe. It also serves as a major live entertainment venue, attracting some of the world’s biggest names in music and comedy. Meanwhile, the Orillia Museum of Art and History is an expertly curated celebration of local cultures and heritage, which plays host to an ever-rotating program of innovative exhibitions.


Hiking and biking, skating and shopping in Orillia

Orillia’s expansive, shimmering lakes offer endless aquatic excitement. Take a leisurely sightseeing cruise, hire your own sail boat, embark on a fishing expedition, or simply lounge around on a secluded sandy bay. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, there’s an abundance of scenic trails for walkers, joggers, and mountain bikers. Golfers can look forward to leisurely days on lush green courses, or if you’re visiting in winter, you can enjoy skating on open-air ice rinks, before returning to the toasty warmth of your Orillia vacation rental.


Enjoy all the seasons in Orillia

The peak summer season of June to August is by far the most popular time to visit. Days are long and sunny, and it’s generally pleasantly warm rather than uncomfortably hot. The shoulder months of May and September are also great times for an Orillia vacation, just pack warm clothes for the cool evenings. From December to March, temperatures are often well below freezing, ensuring plenty of snow.

Natural features

Bird watching and animal spotting in Orillia

Orillia is surrounded by unspoiled countryside that simply begs to be explored. Within easy reach of the town, you’ll find well-maintained nature trails, which will take you past glistening lakes and wild marshes. Birdwatchers will be in their element, with everything from vibrant yellow finches to gaggles of Canada geese making their homes here. The keen-eyed may also be able to spot graceful deer, adorable rabbits, and cheeky chipmunks, all over the course of a single leisurely stroll.

Where to stay around Orillia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 88 vacation rentals near Orillia. From 46 Cottages to 38 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Orillia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Orillia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Orillia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Orillia Community Centre Arena: 234 vacation rentals
  • Couchiching Golf and Country Club: 241 vacation rentals
  • Orillia Opera House: 233 vacation rentals
  • Leacock Museum: 219 vacation rentals
  • Couchiching Beach Park: 232 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Orillia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Orillia?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 46 Cottages in Orillia. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Orillia include:

  • Houses: 38 rentals available
  • Cabins: 46 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 46 rentals available

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Orillia?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4 vacation rentals with pool available in Orillia. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.