Located north-east of Creemore 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!!!
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 northeast of Creemore.
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 Picic Areas on spacious grounds
Bus tours and school groups welcome
Open daily from May 14 until October 10, 2005
Located northeast of Creemore at 16163 Hwy.12 Midland
For more information on the Martyrs' Shrine 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.
A picture of the filling line. Creemore is bottled in 500 ml bottles. Hahaha, I have to admit I had to smile to see the micro brewery. Everything is so "micro", I am not used to that at all. The filling line seemed to go slow, and labour intensive. And the lagertanks were so much smaller, than the brewery where I used to work. Fun though to see the differences between the two.
This is a picture of the brewhouse. Here is how the brewing process goes (info from the Creemore Springs website)
It is in the brew house that the first three ingredients come together. The combination of hot water, milled malted barley grains and hops; stirred slowly, allowed to rest and adjusted for temperature, yields a golden amber liquid called wort. The right mix of age old art and science, beer begins. Our detailed brewing process includes a rigorous adherence to premium brewing specifications and constant monitoring and testing.
The final ingredient, yeast, is added to the wort which is then transferred to the fermentation cellar. The traditional difference between lagers and ales is the long fermentation and cold maturation period for lagers. Each batch of beer will spend 21 days in a process of fermentation and maturation prior to being filtered and packaged.
Not only is Creemore a lovely village, it also has a great microbrewery "Creemore Springs".
It is located on the main street of Creemore (Mill street), and you can't miss it when you walk here. During the "Kettle Festival" they had a guided tour through the brewery, and that was something I didn't want to miss. I've worked for a big brewery in Holland for about 10 years, and it was fun to have a look around in a microbrewery located so close to my home.
This is the guide that took as on a tour through the brewery. It was an excellent tour, with lots of info and you could have a look at the whole brewery up close.