Located north-east of Collingwood in Orillia, CASINO RAMA is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Over 2,300 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, poker room, 9 restaurants, weekly big-name concerts and a 300 room all-suite luxury hotel & spa.
Hans and I went in to see it and it was absolutely beautiful. Native Indian inspired interior with wood ceiling beams. Hansi did OK on the slot machines, but I decided not to play as you got vouchers for your winnings instead of coins. I like the jingle of the coins. What can I say!!!
Year built 1914
This masterpiese, which once housed the Post Office, Customs House and Navigation Shool, is a must-see. The exterior features a rich marble facade decorated with Corinthan columns and topped with a copper roof and central stained-glass dome. Notable interior features include rich oak, marble and wrought iron details.
High among 200 year-old oak trees, up to 60 feet above the ground, get ready for an experience like no other. Explore the beauty and wildlife of the picturesque forest valley at the top of Blue Mountain, as you become one with the birds. Throughout your tour, your guides will deliver interesting facts and information about the history of the area and about the unique ecology of the Niagara Escarpment.
3-hour adventure begins with gear outfitting (all provided for you) and introductions to your guides. You will then take a short hike to our 410 foot suspension bridge overlooking a 10 000 square kilometer view of Collingwood and Georgian Bay. A tractor and wagon ride through the forest will give you a glimpse of the unique ecology of the Niagara Escarpment before you journey up into the trees. Your treetop walk will take you 600 meters across 10 inch wide bridges suspended as close to the treetops as possible.
Of course, it is absolutely safe, but the excitement of being so high above the ground overlooking the huge vistas gives a physical experience unlike anything else. The sway of the bridges and cables causes you to constantly re-adjust your balance, and you become aware of your own courage. Treetop walking certainly delivers a thrill. You end the treetop walk with an incredible ride on a 300 foot zip line or a ladder return to the ground.
Finish your journey with a hike through a large cavern where unique ferns live, squeeze through "Fat Man's Misery" cave, and explore the rest of the Scenic Caves nature trails, trout pond, gemstone mining and gift shop.
Tours are conducted in intimate groups of 12 people, with the assistance of 2 qualified instructors per group
Free of the earth, suspended high above the ground, you have the most spectacular view possible of Georgian Bay and the surrounding countryside. With a sturdy wire fence lining the walkway, even the smallest adventurer can see everything.
You step slowly onto the platform and grip the handrail tightly. A gust of Blue Mountain wind sends tremors down the rail and up through the deck. And you begin the long, long walk.
Through the trees, you catch glimpses of the valley floor far beneath your feet. But it seems you're suspended even higher in the air. Far below, Georgian Bay sparkles in the sunlight, and spread before you lies a 10,000-square-kms view.
From your vantage point, over 300 meters above the Bay, you gaze down Blue Mountain toward Collingwood, and across the Bay to Wasaga Beach , Christian Island , and the distant shores of the Penetanguishene Peninsula . You try not to think that a mere 8 centimeters of timber is all there is between you and the ground.
WASAGA BEACH Provincial Park has eight beach areas, each with its own washrooms, changing facilities and picnic tables. The World's Longest Freshwater Beach attracts visitors from around the world. A swimming and sunbathing paradise, you have your choice of resorts, lodges, hotels, motels, housekeeping cottages and campgrounds.
Activities include excellent fishing, miles of cycling trails, boating, golf and water sports in the summer, and in the winter, groomed cross-country skiing areas and snowmobile trails
Entry fees for vehicles only.
At the most popular beach, Beach Area One, Parking was $2.00 and hour. Different private parking areas offer parking for $5.00 for the day.
Wasaga Beach is located east of Collingwood. Highway 26 directs traffic to Wasaga Beach via Mosley Street.
The twin spires of the MARTYRS' SHRINE are clearly visible above the tree line as you approach the lovely town of Midland.
A National Shrine in honour of eight Jesuit Martyrs, you can walk the same ground as these men of courage and faith did more than 350 years ago. They planted the roots of Christianity in the Huronia region of Ontario.
Outdoor Stations of the Cross, statuary and fountains
Religious articles & souvenir shop
Cafeteria and Picnic Areas on spacious grounds
Bus tours and school groups welcome
Open daily from May 14 until October 10, 2005
Located northeast of Collingwood at 16163 Highway 12 in Midland
For more information on the Martyrs' Shrine please see my MIDLAND pages.
Steps from Downtown Orillia is a beautiful waterfront park on LAKE COUCHICHING.
Hans, Jane and I parked the car, got out and walked along the boardwalk. Folks were enjoying the warm, sunny Saturday afternoon on their boats.
Also available is the Orillia Boat Cruises that we saw sailing on Lake Couchiching. So all in all -- a very lovely spot to spend the day.