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LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Some sage advice for planning your new flavour forward vegetable garden.
Whether you book yourself into a salon (and pronto!) or are taking matters into your own hands, be sure to keep to a regular routine to maintain supple glowing skin at any age.
Whether you’re a local looking for a fresh perspective on your own familiar backyard or a visitor exploring the region with fresh eyes, the road less traveled is navigated by paddle.
A guide to upcoming festivals and events happening in Ontario’s Lake Country.
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SUMMER FRESH SALADS
BUTTER TART THROW DOWN Runny or firm, sweet or savory; the great Canadian debate doesn’t usually extend beyond the personal preference between plain versus raisins versus nuts – unless you are in Ontario’s Lake Country.
WHILE YOU WERE OUT Two of the casino’s popular restaurants have undergone a renovation recently, and Executive Chef John Cordeaux tells us what to expect.
HOW SWEET IT IS Orillia has long been known for its farm to table homage to cooking. And after a long winter season of packaged produce, flash frozen veggies and fruit from a bag, nothing tastes more like summer than a fresh Ontario berry.
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ROAD TRIP INTO HISTORY 2017 marks the 150th birthday of our nation, so what better time to connect with our past and explore what it means to be Canadian. Here are five National Historic Sites in and around our region, each one worthy of an afternoon daytrip.
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salads BY LYNN OGRYZLO
We are so connected to the seasons. As the weather becomes warmer, I just can’t wait to spend more time outside and when it comes to food, I crave fresh garden salads. Hey wait it’s garden planting season! No one knows this more than Casino Rama Resort’s chef James Simpson. “I had no garden last year,” laments Simpson, “the rabbits ate the entire garden in one day.” This year, armed with enough fencing to surround his entire garden, Simpson is once again planning his garden. To a chef like Simpson his planning takes into consideration some of his favourite dishes, more to the point, some of his favourite salads. He likes the refreshing, bitter edge of
Italian salads and the savoury, sophistication of a French Niçoise, so he plans accordingly. This means he’ll be planting some chicory and radicchio for his Italian moods and some Frisée and string beans when he’s looking to make a French dish. From French to German, Italian to Oriental, you too can tailor your garden plantings to make this a year of satisfying your food moods. Before you put a shovel into the ground, Chef Simpson wants to encourage you to plan your garden based on what you want to eat, not what you traditionally plant and to help you, he has some sage advice for planning your new flavour forward vegetable garden. >>
PLANTING A FRENCH GARDEN The French harvest their greens early and petite for fresh, vibrant, almost sweeter flavours. Some of the greens to plant for a French garden include endive, baby beet greens, watercress, Lambs lettuce (Mache) and arugula (Rocket). French vegetables like carrots, string beans (Haricot vert), summer squash (Pattypan), heirloom baby tomatoes and sweet peas are also harvested early and so are more delicate and cook up quicker. For a real French influence, no garden is complete without herbs such as French tarragon, marjoram and thyme. Few people understand the French influence of the Simcoe Yard House signature salad of baby kale, rocket, frieze, with candied walnuts and fresh pear slices. Even the dressing includes the perfect amount of Dijon mustard. Overall, the French honour their onions so any French garden must include a variety of them. The French use the common onion (for spectacular French onion soup), scallions, shallots, leeks (brilliant in tarts) and chives. Leeks have their own special taste, buttery, mild and oniony. They’re not used merely as invisible flavouring ingredients like other members of the onion family, but are served alone as a salad with vinaigrette. The baby ones are served hot with a cream sauce or cooked into a rich soup and all leeks can be used as a filling for tarts, quiches or pastry squares.
PLANTING A MEXICAN GARDEN Not a lot of lettuce grows in the hot Mexican climate but they’re big on vegetables like tomatoes, onions, green peppers, squash and sunflowers. These are often the same or similar varieties as grown in Ontario. Mexican ingredients include amaranth, lima beans, runner beans, tomatillos and hundreds of different kinds of chili peppers. Hot Serrano peppers are the most popular and are used in fresh salsa, guacamole and chili to spice it up. For a milder dish, jalapenos are used. You may try to seek out the variety called “Early Jalapeno” as it grows best in Ontario’s shorter growing season or the “Texas A & M”, which is a milder variety of pepper. Smoked jalapenos are called chipotles and when they’re prepared in a tomato sauce they’re called chipotles en adobo. But don’t think you can grow one variety of chili peppers and grind them into chili powder. Mexican chili powder is actually a blend of many dried, powdered chilies with cumin and oregano. It’s frequently used as seasoning for meats and vegetables and has a mild spiciness. Tomatillos are related to the tomato, it has a paper-like husk that is removed before eating. You can stew tomatillos with chilies and onions. The combination complements their tart, slightly tomato-like flavour. Probably the most popular way to serve them is in salsa verde and in a sauce for enchiladas verdes. Cilantro is not just for Thai dishes, in Mexican cuisine it’s commonly found in salsa and guacamole and sprinkled over a dish as a garnish. Coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant and it’s what gives chorizo (sausage) its super distinctive flavour.
PLANTING AN ITALIAN GARDEN Most of the salad greens planted in an Italian garden include radicchio, chicory, escarole and like the French, rocket. Unlike the French, they’re not traditionally harvested early for a tender, sweet flavour, the Italians like their greens fully grown and bitter. Interestingly, Casino Rama Resort has their signature blend of salad greens custom blended with the Italian influence of bitter frizee and radicchio along with the more tender French elements of baby spinach and lambsleaf. It’s available in almost every restaurant on the resort. An Italian garden is heavy on the vegetables like meaty tomatoes, banana peppers, beans and zucchini. Italians grow cluster tomatoes for salads and Roma to make sauce. Sweet peppers are frequently long (also known as banana peppers) rather than short and blocky and the small, hot Pepperoncini is dried, crushed and used dried or preserved in oil to flavour all sorts of dishes from pizza to pasta. It is the red pimento variety that Italians love to char on the barbecue to make the succulent roasted red peppers. Beans lean on the side of lima and fava instead of the more elegant French string beans and are traditionally boiled and dressed with lots of garlic and olive oil. Other Italian vegetables that are easily grown in an ethnic garden include eggplant, broccoli rabe, rapini, sweet fennel and garlic. Italian herbs include the large, flat leafed variety of parsley, basil and small-leafed oregano bushes.
PLANTING AN ORIENTAL GARDEN The countries of the Orient encompass diverse climates so it is not surprising that the vegetables and herbs grown throughout are an extremely varied lot. Oriental gardeners grow such familiar vegetables as eggplants, carrots, onions, cabbage, sweet potato and cauliflower. Chinese mustard is a blanket term used to cover a whole range of mustard plants from mild to strong that can have a slightly bitter or hot bite. Some greens in general include Mizuna, spider mustard, Bok Choi and Tatsoi (spoon cabbage). They’re most often combined with ginger and used in soups or blanched and served with oyster sauce or stir-fried with meat and bean sauce. Daikon refers to a wide range of winter radishes. These are sliced or grated for stir-fries of pork, shrimp or shellfish, in soups, stews and sauces but rarely eaten raw. The tops of Oriental radishes are also enjoyed braised or added to soups. Coriander (Chinese parsley) is mostly found in Southern Chinese and Thai dishes such as soup, chutneys and salads. It’s most often added to a dish just before serving to reflect the refreshing nature of the herb. The roots of the coriander plant are commonly used in Thai curry pastes and soups. Lemongrass is an aromatic grass-family herb with a rich lemon flavour. The leaves are used as a seasoning in Thai dishes, sparingly in light soups and as a wonderful refreshing tea. t
the great butter tart throw down BY GABRIELLE TIEMAN
The butter tart, the quintessential Canadian
treat. For years it has warmed our hearts and stomachs, brewing nostalgia for hot sunny picnics gone by. Maybe it’s the ooze of that sweet sticky centre, the melt in your mouth butter pastry, or simply the pure Canadian-ness of the favourite dessert that makes us yearn for them when the weather warms up. But a long running debate has yet to be settled when it comes down to the homegrown recipe. The earliest known printed recipe dates back to the 1900 edition of the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Women’s Auxiliary cookbook in Barrie, Ontario. That simple recipe in that little publication launched a quest for perfection that persists to this day. Runny or firm, sweet or savory; the great Canadian debate doesn’t usually extend beyond the personal preference between plain versus raisins versus nuts – unless you are in Ontario’s Lake Country.
For the fifth year running, the town of Midland, Ontario has dedicated one day a year in an attempt to solve this age-old question of what makes a phenomenal butter tart. On June 10, Ontario’s tart aficionados will gather together to transform the small town into a festival dedicated to all things butter tart with one single goal: to prove that their recipe is the best. “It started as a small butter tart throw down,” says Angela Bird, Festival Manager at Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival. “The lady that came up with this used to sell butter tarts out of her shop downtown and she thought they were pretty darn special; so she invited people to bring their tarts in for a contest.” What started as a local contest held in the lobby of the Cultural Centre has now grown to a provincially acknowledged street festival. The small town of only 17 thousand people annually draws over 40 thousand tourists – crowding into the streets to savor butter tarts baked by professional and amateur bakers from across the province. >> TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 15
Today an average 15,000 butter tarts are sold in a single day of the festival, transforming Midland into the host of the biggest one-day festival in the region by far. “The first year, approximately 1,200 butter tarts were sold,” said Bird. “In 2014, that grew to 52,000; then 80,000, then 127,000. It just kept growing and more people kept coming.” The contest features two class divisions – one
overload the judges. The audience also gets a chance to sample the butter tarts after they are quartered and tried by the judges. Past winning butter tart flavours in the freestyle category have included cheesecake, pumpkin, rhubarb, Niagara Ice Wine and butter rum raisin to name only a creative few. The winner is also given a spot to compete
children affected by childhood cancer. A midway is also looking to return this year, but a location for the attraction is still in discussion. With the popularity of the festival continuing to grow each year, Bird said the size of the festival must try to grow in tandem. The festival continues to expand – they opened up another block of downtown last year to help with the crowds – and
I have basically reached the physical limit of where I can put people so it is now a matter of making it a two-day festival which is in the plans for future years. each for both professional and amateur bakers – and two flavour divisions. This year the flavour categories challenge both divisions in baking a traditional butter tart as well as an All Ontario Butter Tart – a freestyle tart challenge that does not limit the bakers’ creativity, but forces bakers to utilize exclusively Ontario produced ingredients. “It is going to be more difficult than some imagine,” said Bird. “It is not easy to find an Ontario raisin. Contestants are going to have to get creative.” The butter tarts are then judged and evaluated on appearance, texture, runniness, flakiness and overall taste. Each tart will be tasted blindly, without knowing which tart came from which baker; with butter tarts being separated into groups and tasted in waves as to not sugar
in the Canadian Food Championships Dessert Category in Edmonton and a travel voucher to help get them to the competition. This free family centric festival also features concerts, food trucks and vendor booths selling everything from clothes, candles, gift items and more. A Butter Tart Trot will also be held during the festival. The run will offer optional routes for those who wish to participate including a one-kilometre kids fun run, 5-10 kilometre routes and a half marathon that will loop runners through the picturesque waterfront. The run is orchestrated by mother/daughter duo Irene and Courtney Parker who will donate 100 per cent of the funds raised to Camp Quality Southern Ontario – a not-for-profit charity that provides uplifting experiences for
the hope is to transform the one-day event into a weekend-long festival in the future. “We did a survey last year and polled people on whether or not they would return next year… and over 95 per cent of people said they would come back,” said Bird. “I have basically reached the physical limit of where I can put the people so it is now a matter of making it a two-day festival which is in the plans for future years.” But one thing they request of all attendees for the time being: be patient. “If you see something you like you have to be patient,” said Bird. “People return every year in order to get their favourites; so trust me, it is worth the wait.” For more information on the festival visit the festival’s website buttertartfestival.ca. t
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Willow, now an รก la carte only restaurant has revamped their menu to include dishes from Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.
WHILE YOU WERE OUT If you haven’t been to Casino Rama Resort lately, you are in for a pleasant culinary surprise. Two of the casino’s popular restaurants have undergone a renovation recently, and we caught up with Executive Chef, John Cordeaux to chat about what diners can expect from these reimagined spaces!
THE WILLOW Can you tell me about the changes at Willow and what people can expect from the new a-la-cart menu? John Cordeaux: We are still a Cantonese restaurant but we have given the menu a new twist adding some Thai, Hong Kong and Singapore dishes. We have added a small East meets West menu for lunch having some fun with plays on Asian pasta dishes and Asian style burgers using Bao as the bun. Why was the decision made to renovate Willow? JC: We wanted all of our guests to experience the delights of our Asian buffet consequently creating an expanded Asian buffet in Couchiching and making the Willow restaurant only an á la carte has become a win-win. >>
HERE’S WHAT’S NEW AT COUCHICHING COURT… New expansive redesign SEATS 120 ADDITIONAL GUESTS. OVER 100 FOOD ITEMS to choose from: • over 50 hot food items • 50 cold salads and toppings • over 40 varieties of dessert & toppings.
COUCHICHING COURT BUFFET Can you tell me about the live action cooking stations? What kind of things will be happening? JC: We have introduced a smoker with a capacity to smoke up to 300Lbs of product at one time. This will mean that we will add to our existing beef carving station an additional smoke carved item, beef brisket, pork belly, beef ribs or coil sausage for example. We will be grilling shish kebabs of beef, pork and chicken that will have been seasoned with authentic Middle Eastern marinades. On the dessert station in the evenings we will be baking cookies live on the station and serving them warm. As well, we have a lovely stone pizza oven where we will bake our pizzas, baked pasta dishes and other Mediterranean roast items. On the Asian station we have a Teppanyaki cooking table serving beef chicken and shrimp teppanyaki style. What change are you most excited about? JC: I am very excited about the whole experience that we are going to offer. Why was the decision made to renovate Couchiching Court? JC: We are always looking to elevate the dining experience here at Casino Rama Resort. This renovation was also undertaken to not only elevate the dining options but also to improve the guest experience in reducing time spent waiting to get into this very popular restaurant and also to make the ability to access all the offerings as easy and hassle free as possible. Anything else regarding the renovations you want to mention? JC: We will be offering for a limited time the addition of Canadian prime rib of beef carved on the weekends. Also, our dessert offering has now been modified to give the guest an increased selection of smaller bites giving our guests the opportunity to taste a varied selection of items. We have also increased our ice cream selection from one flavor of ice cream to two flavors of ice cream and two flavors of sorbet. t
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how sweet it is LOCAL BERRY FARMS By Gabrielle Tieman
fter a long winter season of packaged produce, flash frozen veggies and fruit from a bag, nothing quite tastes like summer has arrived like a fresh Ontario berry. That plucked straight off the vine pop of a sun warmed strawberry, ready to burst blackberry or spicy tart currant can elevate any meal from basic to restaurant worthy. The Orillia area has long been known for its farm-to-table homage to cooking. Local restaurants repeatedly choose to embrace their local farms – instead of shying away from the produce cultivated in their very own backyard. By choosing to utilize these homegrown ingredients as the driving force behind their renowned seasonal menus, both locals and tourists alike continue to return to these restaurants season after season for another taste.
St. Germain’s Steakhouse
at Casino Rama Resort offers an unforgettable fine dining experience in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country. Dimly lit dining rooms and plush leather booths join to create a welcoming ambiance and offer front row seats to the exposed kitchen’s world class cooking show. St. Germain’s presents diners with a diverse yet timeless menu: featuring an evolving selection of both fresh surf and turf classic combinations alongside signature dishes with local twists. St. Germain’s head chef Todd Marshall proves that the key to elevating flavor and creating a show stopping menu is to utilize both local and Ontario grown produce; from write home worthy proteins like the Grilled Ontario Lamb Rack Chops and Newmarket King Cole ducks, to Niagara stone fruit chutneys and desserts featuring local fruit, the menu boasts the best and finest ingredients from Ontario farmers. “We use local produce in St. Germain’s as much as possible to showcase the bounty of great produce that Ontario has to offer,” says Chef Marshall. “This allows us to promote local farms and contribute and encourage farm to table cooking. Any time I get the opportunity to use local ingredients I take full advantage.” Marshall said the menu continues to evolve twice a year – once in May for the spring and summer season and then again in November for the fall and winter – as to best reflect the seasons and fresh produce available at both times of the year. “Inspiration primarily comes from the seasons and many past experiences within the restaurant industry,” said Marshall. “We do have some staple items that stay on [the menu] but I change up several appetizers and main courses to reflect the time of year: such as lighter salads and raw
applications in the summer and heavier braised items like Beef Short Ribs and Ontario Duck Confit in the fall.” During the peak summer months Marshall said he likes to source a variety of produce and berries from local farms, Barrie Hill Farm in Springwater, Ontario and Thunder Beach Berry Farm in Tiny, Ontario.
Barrie Hill Farm
is Southern Ontario’s leading farm destination for berry picking and farm fresh food. A staple in the region for over 40 years, this family owned and operated farmstead offers visitors the option to purchase farm fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from their store or get their hands dirty in one of their pick-your-own fields – ripe with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkins and more – depending on the season. Barrie Hill Farm also features an on-site café and bakery so pickers can cool down and share a treat before heading back out into the fields to fill another basket.
Thunder Beach Berry Farm welcomes pickers and berry fans of all ages to immerse themselves in a day at the farm. This third generation family owned and operated self-proclaimed You Pick berry farm boasts its produce as 100 per cent pesticide free so that families can feel confident in allowing their children to eat the fruit right from the bush. Strawberries are available for picking starting in mid-June and blueberries may be picked between the end of July and beginning of August – with all fruit priced per basket.
Ego’s Garden Centre and Farm Market in Coldwater, Ontario is a one-stop shop for all of your produce and outdoor needs; housing both a garden centre, plant nursery and seasonal farm market shoppers can pick up both their season’s plants as well as groceries simultaneously. Ego’s farm market operates from April to December and features a variety of seasonal farm fresh produce for purchase as well as pickyour-own strawberries, raspberries, peas and tomatoes.
McArthur’s Berry Farm in Oro Station has been a resident of the area since the mid-1800s. Focused solely on strawberries, McArthur’s farm offers pick your own options as well as pre-picked strawberries available for purchase. Visit their website for operating hours as they tend to fluctuate. t
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SKIN All winter you’ve been anticipating ditching that coat and swapping boots for sandals. And every year it seems that day comes by sooner and faster (not that anyone is really complaining) and it tends to catch the most diligent of beauty regimen keepers off guard. Whether you book yourself into a salon (and pronto!) or are taking matters into your own hands, be sure to keep to a regular routine to maintain supple glowing skin at any age – and be sure to follow throughout the winter so that next year you are ahead of the game!
exfoliate It’s important to buff off that dry winter skin so you
can achieve a nice, summer glow. Any kind of body scrub that is rough (be it salt, sugar or baking soda) will do the trick! You can even DIY some exfoliating scrubs, just look for some inspiration on Pinterest. In a hurry? Get yourself a pair of exfoliating mittens or use a dry brush pre shower to encourage cell turnover (be warned - skin may be a bit sensitive when using a dry brush at first but your skin will quickly adapt). As an added bonus, exfoliating stimulates your skin to produce more collagen for younger tighter skin.
hydrate The one thing your skin needs a lot of in the hot summer months is moisture. Make sure to drink lots of water, and get your fill of healthy fruits and veggies. If you’re like me and get bored by water consider adding some fresh fruit or cucumber slices and reduce the amount of caffeinated drinks.
treat yourself Massage, rest, repeat. Besides boosting colla-
gen production, massage therapy has been shown to reduce headaches, anxiety and help with insomnia - and we all could use a little more beauty sleep.
protect Yes you’ve heard it several times before - wear sunscreen. But what is the point in indulging in a vigorous skin care routine when UV exposure can deplete skin’s collagen and is the leading cause of skin cancer? Use an SPF 15 or higher and don’t forget to put on those shades.
exercise Get moving, as increased activity can also help with
your summertime glow. Exercise gets the blood moving, which helps with circulation, as well as helps detoxify your system. t TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 25
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The 168 National Historic Sites managed by Parks Canada are places of profound importance to Canada. Each one tells its own story, representing an illustration of where Canada came from and where we are today. They reflect the identity, the very soul of Canada. 2017 marks the 150th birthday of our nation, so what better time to connect with our past and explore what it means to be Canadian. Here are f ive National Historic Sites within our region or a close drive away, each one worthy of an afternoon daytrip.
BETHUNE MEMORIAL HOUSE in Gravenhurst Bethune Memorial House in Gravenhurst (297 John Street, phone 705-687-4261) was the childhood home of Dr. Norman Bethune, a man recognized as a hero both in Canada and China for his medical advances and dedication to providing medical care even in the face of personal danger to himself. The house was the manse of the Knox Presbyterian Church. Bethune was born here in 1890 while his father, a reverend, was preaching at the church. Bethune lived here for three years, until his father was assigned another ministry and the family moved. Bethune studied medicine at the University of Toronto, but suspended his studies to enlist in the Canadian Army Medical Corps as a stretcher bearer when World War One erupted. Wounded, he returned to Canada and finished his medical degree, then re-enlisted and rose to become the first chief medical officer of the newly formed Royal Canadian Air Force by 1919. After the war, Bethune became an advocate for the accessible medical care system for which Canada is famed today and pioneered new techniques and treatments for fighting tuberculosis (an illness he himself had contracted). When the Spanish Civil
War erupted in 1936, Bethune offered aid to the Nationalist side. There, he put together the worldâ€™s first mobile, battlefront blood transfusion service. After Spain, Bethune travelled to China in 1938 to render medical assistance to Chinese forces fighting the invading Japanese. He designed a mobile medical facility that could be carried on mules, published booklets to educate the Chinese about first aid and sanitation, and began training dozens of doctors and nurses. Tragically, Bethune died a year later of blood poisoning contracted from treating a wounded soldier. Because of his tireless work done in their country during the war, Norman Bethune is still revered in China. The Bethune House has been returned to its turn of the century appearance to reflect how it would have looked while the Bethuneâ€™s lived there. Visitors can tour the house on their own, or as part of guided tours during the summer. The twohour guided tour, which begins with a Chinese tea welcome, is the most comprehensive. As visitors are led through the house, exhibits and artifacts illustrate the life and accomplishments of Bethune. An adjoining visitor centre interprets the site, plays a biographical video on Bethune, and offers guests the opportunity to handle historic objects, such as period medical artifacts. Chinese delegates still visit the Bethune Memorial House bearing gifts; many of these tokens of appreciation are on display.>>
MNJIKANING FISH WEIRS in Orillia The Narrows—the neck of land that divides Lake Couchiching from Lake Simcoe—has always been a place of vast significance for Ontario’s First Nations. The Huron called it ‘the meeting place of the trails’, and gathered here to make treaties, engage in trade, and conduct ceremonies. They also praised the region for its abundant fishing. Indeed, Indigenous Peoples had been fishing here thousands of years, evidence of which exists in the form of ancient wooden stakes driven into the bottom of the Narrows. More than 5,000 years old, these wooden stakes are some of the earliest evidence of early fishery techniques in Canada and are the only ancient wooden weirs known to exist in Canada. Here, late Archaic Indigenous Peoples guided fish toward the stakes, which were woven with a latticework of brush and branches, to be caught in nets or speared. The weirs were still in use by the Huron-Wendat up until the 17th century. When Samuel de Champlain first saw these unusual weirs he described them as ‘claies’, and therefore the French referred to Lake Simcoe as Lac aux Claies. Today, Rama First Nation takes seriously their role as stewards of these ancient weirs.
SAINT-LOUIS MISSION in Tay In the early 1620s, many Jesuit missionaries came to the Huronia area to live among the Huron people and bring to them their Christian religion. They established a mission known as SainteMarie, which grew into a large self-contained village with two churches, a hospital, bakery, blacksmith, carpenter, cookhouse, and granary. This mission became a central headquarters for several smaller missions, including one known as St. Louis. The Jesuits gave the name St. Louis to a village established by the Ataronchronon, who were part of the Huron Confederacy, beside the Hogg River. It was to have a tragic history. In 1649, the Iroquois, traditional enemies of the Huron, attacked St. Louis. The Huron fought for a day but were overpowered and two Jesuit priests, Jean de Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalemant, were captured and tortured to death. In the face of the Iroquois assault, St. Marie was abandoned and most of the Huron abandoned their homeland. Today, the site of St. Louis is just a field surrounded by pine and mixed hardwood forest. A stone cairn explains the site’s significance as the place where the two missionaries—who were canonized by the pope in 1927—were killed, an event that marked the end of the Huron nation in Ontario and Jesuit influence in the area.
TRENT-SEVERN WATERWAY PETERBOROUGH LIFT LOCK Peterborough The scenic Trent-Severn Seaway winds 386 km (240 miles) through central Ontario. Connecting Lake Ontario at Trenton with Lake Huron at Port Severn, the waterway comprises lakes, rivers, and stretches of dug canal. First Nations have used the Trent-Severn watershed since at least 9000BC, as evidenced by petroglyphs and burial mounds along its length. In the 17th century, it served as a major route in the fur trade. But it was industrial and lumber concerns in the 19th century that compelled construction of a formal route capable of handling barges and larger watercraft. The first lock, a small wooden one, was built at Bobcaygeon in 1833. Many additional locks were added over the years. Though originally intended for industry, the waterway was also used for tourism and recreation, with steamships carrying tourists to resorts in the Kawarthas as early as the mid-1800s. Though certainly not the first, the most impressive lock is the Peterborough Lift Lock (220 Hunter Street E, phone 705-750-4953). Completed in 1904 and able to lift boats nearly 20m (65 feet) in length, the Peterborough Lift Lock is the world’s highest hydraulic lift, and one of only two in North America. The lock operates on an ingenious balance system that moves water between two chambers, lifting and lowering vessels travelling the waterway. Though the lock, along with the entire TrentSevern Waterway became obsolete to commercial travel after the opening of the Welland Canal in 1932, it continues to serve recreational craft and remains a marvel to watch. If Peterborough is too far of an excursion, head instead to Kirkfield. The Lift Lock there (the smaller of North America’s two hydraulic lift locks) is almost as impressive, and the mechanics operate the same. Or head west to Lock 44, the Big Chute Marine Railway, near Coldwater. Here the Severn River has carved a narrow chute out of solid granite, which proved impossible to navigate. To overcome this obstacle, engineers designed North America’s only marine railway which portages boats in a 100-ton open-carriage over an 18m (60ft) ridge between the Severn River and Gloucester Pool on Georgian Bay. Watching the skilled staff scramble up and down ladders to operate the slings and carriage that lift boats is pretty amazing. t
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he Chippewas of Rama First Nation (Rama) has been known as ‘the gathering place’ throughout history, where travellers journeyed to trade, seek counsel or medicines, and attend great meetings. Today, it is home to Casino Rama Resort, a tourism attraction that brings thousands of visitors to the area daily for gaming, shows, conventions, shopping and fine dining. Rama radiates with the spirit that has made us a thriving community. For centuries, the people have been leaders, entrepreneurs, artisans and harvesters. The Seven Grandfather teachings passed down from the Creator are at the centre of community culture. These traditions form the backbone of a community that draws strength and inspiration from the past while preparing for its future. The community is approximately 90-minutes north of Toronto on almost 2,500 acres of land. Guided by long-term community visioning which has built a sustainable economic foundation, this provides members and area residents with employment close to home and services for family living and recreation. Rama was chosen as the site for a First Nation casino after a comprehensive site selection process in 1994. With strong regional support and external partnerships in place, Rama was uniquely positioned to take on the challenge. Chief Rodney Noganosh is part of a leadership that continues to work towards a community vision that makes Rama the proud progressive First Nation it is today. Having served as a member of Council for 19 years since 1996 when Casino Rama Resort first opened its doors, he is serving his second term as Chief.
“In the early days, no one imagined the success that the Casino would become,” Chief Noganosh said. “As a member of Council, I have worked with the OLG and the operator to ensure that our mutual interests are served in the continued development of Casino Rama Resort.” Over the past 20 years, employment, business opportunities and local services have all grown in response to the tourism generated. Rama First Nation and Casino Rama Resort make social responsibility a priority supporting local institutions and charities, including the recent Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital expansion. Casino Rama Resort sees an estimated 3-million visitors yearly. It employs approximately 2,500 employees. Highlights from Rama’s business portfolio includes: • Two GTA Bingo facilities owned and operated by Rama Gaming, used as pilot sites under Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s modernization program for BINGO facilities
• St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino in B.C., a three-way First Nation partnership • Rama’s Property management portfolio includes retail and professional office space. These businesses are among those managed by Rama’s Chief and Council, who are responsible for economic development. A trip through the community reveals the rewards of successful business planning and a clear vision. The Seniors Complex provides apartments and extended care for members in their golden years. Rama’s Health Clinic hosts visiting doctors and
health care specialists while Social Services provide counselling and support groups for members. Rama’s Emergency Services are supported with leading technology and highly trained crews, ensuring that members and Casino Rama Resort patrons receive prompt professional response and quality care. Rama’s elementary school provides cultural programming and education from Early Childhood to grade 8. Increased student success in secondary and post-secondary education, resulting in the largest per capita graduation rate in Ontario. “Every year, we hold a community graduation ceremony to celebrate student achievement. This year’s event will be held on First Nation’s day, June 21st, bringing a national cultural event together with the pride of educational achievement.” Rama was invited to sit on the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, comprised of First Nations, Inuit and Métis business and community leaders from throughout Canada. The Board advises the federal government on strategies to increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the Canadian economy. “We’ve always been involved in business and have a mixture of entrepreneurs on Council, reflecting the nature of our ancestors,” said Chief Noganosh. Rama’s commitment to community and gaming management expertise remain focal points for the future. With long standing local and regional relationships flourishing, the Chippewas of Rama First Nation is poised to take the next step in solidifying itself as a leader in gaming. t TODAYMAGAZINE.CA 31
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Housing a range of the most captivating natural settings and collection of scenic waterways in Ontario, there is no better way to explore Ontario’s Lake Country than by setting out onto the water. Connecting picturesque towns and tourist destinations throughout Simcoe County, this four season playground boasts a variety of open water lakes, quaint rivers and meandering streams all which provide the perfect backdrop for a day spent breathing in fresh air and enjoying some of the best paddling opportunities, recreational boating and water sports in Canada. Whether your preferred mode of paddle involves a kayak, canoe, SUP board or engine powered boat, Ontario’s Lake Country guarantees a waterway perfect for your skill level; from the family that is new to the water looking to reconnect with nature, the young group in search of a challenging activity for the day or the avid paddling enthusiast on a multi-day trek. “The beauty of this area is that you can
do a basic paddle or you can do an extensive paddle for a number of days across a number of waterways because a lot of the water is connected,” said Jennifer Whitley, Executive Director of Ontario’s Lake Country. “You can really customize the paddle for whatever people are looking for.” Ontario’s Lake Country has developed a user friendly Paddling Guide that features various routes that are geared towards all levels of experience – from beginner to intermediate and from five to 15 kilometers. Each route features a map, launch location details, a description of the area and historical points of interest along the way. Whether you’re a Lake Country local looking for a fresh perspective of your own familiar backyard or a visitor exploring the region with fresh eyes, the road less traveled is navigated by paddle. This is called Ontario’s Lake Country – come in and enjoy the lakes! >>
ORILLIA’S CULTURAL ROUTE Lake Couchiching | Easy
Travel back in time along the shores of Lake Couchiching. This 10 kilometer amateur level route is about discovering the rich history of the city of Orillia and its important ties to the water; paddlers will traverse cultural landmarks and navigate their way around famous monuments and historical buildings found along Lake Couchiching’s shoreline. Paddlers enter the water at the second beach in Couchiching Beach Park. The park is connected to Downtown Orillia and located on the grounds of the original village plot and industrial waterfront where steamboats carried lumber and passengers throughout the watershed – along the famous 383 kilometer long Trent-Severn Waterway canal – which is granting free access and lockage for the 2017 season along the famous canal in celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary. From the water, paddlers will see the historic Champlain Sailing Club as they enter tranquil Old Brewery Bay; then you will arrive at the Stephen Leacock Museum, the summer home of the famous author. Continue along to Tudhope Memorial Park where you can see a bronze statue of singer and poet Gordon Lightfoot and a memorial to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. More experienced paddlers can give the open waters a try; Whitley suggests heading away from the shorelines and crossing Lake Couchiching for a more challenging trek. Free parking is available at the park and the loop takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete. This route can be completed in either direction and has the opportunity to connect with great walking and cycling trails.
PATH TO THE FISH WEIRS
Lake Couchiching, Narrows & Lake Simcoe | Intermediate Paddle through a National Historical Site of Canada as you witness nature and history in tandem along the Path to the Fish Weirs route. This 13 kilometer paddle navigates travelers on a fairly advanced journey through Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching and into the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs. Located just below the surface in the Narrows – the connection of the two lakes – the weirs are considered to be one of the oldest human developments in Canada – dating back to approximately 3300 B.C. They were officially declared a National Historical site in 1982. Ojibwe for fish fence, the Mnjikaning weirs are the largest and best-preserved wooden fish weirs in Eastern North America. This system of wooden stakes were used to catch fish entering Lake Couchiching and were once rich in food – with the seasonal harvest providing sustenance to the First Nations and settler communities. The weirs were also known as a very important site of gathering and healing for First Nations people. Paddlers will also pass a number of small islands which connect with a multi-use trail and offer parks, picnic stops and beaches.
LAKE SIMCOE SHORES Lake Simcoe | Easy / Intermediate
This paddle is a destination for the fishing enthusiast looking for a quiet day spent out on the water. Pack a lunch, and your gear and drop a line in the well-known fishing hole of Lake Simcoe – the largest lake in Central Ontario. The lake offers opportunities for all individuals to fish; though with its close proximity to Toronto, you’re likely to not be alone – it receives heavy fishing pressure throughout the season, although it is most popular for ice fishing during the winter. For those wishing to simply paddle and enjoy the scenery, paddlers are encouraged to launch at McRae Point Provincial Park and hug the shoreline of the sparkling waters. Be sure to keep an eye out for herons, hawks and ospreys as they love to catch their next meal on the bountiful lake. This lake can be made as difficult as desired, pending how far you would like to journey in either direction.
BLACK RIVER TO WASDELL FALLS Green & Black River | Easy
Renowned as the most scenic route in all of Ontario’s Lake Country, this eight kilometer looping paddle in the township of Ramara features natural marvels you must witness. The paddle begins in the meandering Green River –a true hidden gem in the area for beginner paddlers and aptly named after the green tint of colour in the water – and then watch as the water changes before your eyes to a deep black as you connect with the Black River. “You can see the line where these two rivers meet,” said Whitley. “You see the green tinge to the water so clearly and then when you meet at the Black River it completely turns black. We have tried to capture it by drone before and you just can’t capture it accurately; you have to see it with your own eyes.” Tucked away within nature and surrounded by a stillness only found in the remote wilderness, Whitley said this route is great for new paddlers because it is easy to navigate and too shallow and narrow for motor boats to enter – so you’re almost guaranteed very little traffic and calm waters. “Everything about this route makes for a perfect, calm and serene paddle through these waterways for beginners,” said Whitley. “And for more seasoned paddlers, it is an ideal route for taking in nature and serenity.” Meander through beaver lodges, pass marsh areas filled with herons and fish and witness other wildlife in their natural habitats. Paddlers can also head towards Wasdell Falls where they will be able to view the first generating station constructed by the Hydro-Electric Power Commission in 1914.
SERENITY OF MACLEAN LAKE MacLean Lake | Easy
Pack your fishing rod and definitely your binoculars; this route is a must paddle according to Ontario’s Lake Country. The 15 kilometer MacLean Lake water trail is famous for its beautiful natural setting and almost guaranteed wildlife sightings. “There is a section of the river that goes through a marshy piece of land and it is beautiful,” said Whitley. “There is plenty of wildlife: Beavers, otters, ducks, fish, turtles, blue herons – lots of wildlife can be spotted along this route.” A perfect, cottage-country lake, this scenic paddle is also perfect for the property lover. Dotting the shoreline is a number of picture perfect private homes and cottages. The lake also connects to the notably serene Otter Lake, Gloucester Pool and Little Lake which can take paddlers all the way into Port Severn for those wishing to make a day of it and go for a more advanced trip. >>
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BASS LAKE SHORELINE Bass Lake | Easy
Located in the township of Oro-Medonte, this 11 kilometer looping route takes you around the quaint Bass Lake. Comprised of shallow, clear waters, this is the perfect lake for children and those getting into a boat for the first time. The shorelines have remained fairly undeveloped, creating a sense of seclusion and a chance to reconnect with nature. Keep your eyes sharp though, wildlife is likely to be spotted along the undeveloped west shoreline that includes a marsh area. This little lake is home to one of Ontario’s Provincial Parks and includes on site facilities such as camping, picnic areas, a beach, a playground, a retail store and rentals on site; you can also stop along the route to rest and grab a quick bite at a nearby restaurant. There are various locations to access the lake, but it is recommended that you launch in Bass Lake Provincial Park.
PADDLE OF NORTH COUCHICHING Lake Couchiching | Easy / Intermediate
The perfect route for a short family outing, this five kilometer route is a great paddle for young families or individuals looking to sneak in a quick workout during their day. A gateway route, this paddle connects to a number of picture perfect small inlets and picnic areas. It also lends a great opportunity to tie in the use of Washago Centennial Park – which has a great sandy beach perfect for swimming, relaxing, picnicking and playing. The village of Washago is also only a short distance from the park and a perfect day trip or a quick bite to eat. This route can be easily expanded by paddling further into Lake Couchiching or connecting into the Severn River.
MATCHEDASH TO GEORGIAN BAY
Matchedash Bay & Georgian Bay | Easy to Advanced A diverse and versatile route, this is known as a great activity spot for both new and experienced paddlers – especially those who love to kayak. These diverse interconnected bodies of water offer a range of conditions for the new paddler looking to practice on more open waters; spanning from Matchedash Bay to Green Island – an anchorage located in the Georgian Bay 30,000 Islands National Park. Paddlers can enjoy the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay, experience the rugged beauty of the rock formations along Green Island and paddle through the beautiful scenic backdrop. Paddlers can also connect to the Coldwater River Route [See Coldwater River Voyage] through the opposite end of Matchedash Bay. For those with more experience, they can travel out further into the vast open water of Georgian Bay and explore further. But be forewarned: Ontario’s Lake Country notes that winds can blow out of nowhere along the Bay and transform those calm clear waters into extreme waves in the matter of minutes – so make sure you are a confident paddler before venturing away from the shoreline.
Visiting Ontario’s Lake Country? Don’t own your own equipment? Looking for a fresh, innovative workout to reawaken your love for the water? Check out these fantastic retailers located throughout the region! Bass Lake Provincial Park | Orillia
The provincial park currently offers a small fleet of canoes, paddle boats and kayaks for rent on a first-come first-served basis from the end of June until Labour Day. Each rental comes with all necessary equipment including Personal Floatation Devices, emergency kits and oars.
Breath of Fresh Air | Couchiching Beach
Breath of Fresh Air removes all of the hassle from renting equipment. Offering both kayak and SUP rentals, the rental kiosk will deliver to your location and pick it up after you are done so you do not have to worry about transporting the equipment. Breath of Fresh Air as well offers a mapped out scenic route for those new to the water.
Kayak-ity-yak | Tudhope Park KIOSK
More than a store and rental service, Kayak-ity-yak has made a name for themselves for offering lessons and guided tours of the lakes. Kayak and SUP rentals can also be made online with ease and then either picked up at a location or delivered straight to you, at an extra charge, ready to set out on the water.
Narrows Canoe and Kayak | Lake Simcoe
Combine fitness with nature and expand your vessel experience to try something new! Narrows Canoe and Kayak offer not only canoe and kayak rentals but also includes paddle boats and stand up paddle boards in their fleet. Pick-up and delivery is also available to private campgrounds and cottages as well as nearby Provincial Parks McRae Point Provincial Park, Mara Provincial Park and Bass Lake Provincial Park.
Sunrise Yoga Studio | Lake Couchiching / Lake Simcoe
Sunrise Yoga takes their poses into the sunshine, with classes held outdoors by the water for a truly zen experience with nature. Aside from traditional classes, Sunrise Yoga also hosts a number of unique special events throughout the warmer months; with past events including glow in the dark evening stand up paddle boarding and yoga on the water. Private classes can also be booked for families, bachelorettes or special events for a more intimate practice.
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Situated at the entrance to Georgian Bay, Swift Canoe and Kayak features a large kayak and canoe rental fleet, on site test paddling and a fully equipped store for a one-stop shop before heading out on Georgian Bay. The staff is also avid kayakers and canoeists and knowledgeable in all aspects of the Bay – so renters are encouraged to ask as much as they would like about routes and equipment before heading out on their own adventure. t
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THE CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION POWWOW As far back as we can remember the Chippewas of Rama First Nation has been a meeting place for visitors. A community that is known for its hospitality; from the earliest explorers, to the fall fairs in the 1920’s. From the powwow under the big tent at the Rama Ball Field, to the competition powwows at the MASK arena, our community continues to enjoy being a host to the many guests who frequent the community on a daily basis. In the early 1970’s there was no song and dance happening in Rama First Nation and no sign of local powwows in the surrounding area. Emerson Nanigishkung, Co-founder of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation Thanksgiving Powwow, was working at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto and had been surrounded by drumming and dancing on a weekly basis. Being inspired to bring back tradition in his own community, he said “I’m from the area, there’s nothing going on, so hey let’s try it”. Emerson also recalls how Rama had always been noted for its hospitality. In 1977, with the support of Rama First Nation band members, the community held its first annual Thanksgiving Powwow at Victoria Park. “It was a real community event [and] there was a lot of volunteerism at that time.” For generations people have gathered at Rama particularly in the autumn or harvest months to celebrate, socialize, eat, and have fun together. The following year, the entire community got involved in what was then a non-competition powwow held every Thanksgiving weekend. The Old Mall, which now houses Casino Rama Resort Administrative Offices, Victoria Park, the ball field at Rama, and also the Orillia Roller Skating Place were all used as venues for the annual Powwow. In 1986, the Rama Powwow again made another transformation as a result of a ‘Social Recreation Needs Assessment’ (SNRA) which began in 1983 and extended into 1985. The community was canvassed in what was referred to as ‘Kitchen Dialogue’ by former Chief Ted Williams who held leadership during this time. This was where members of the SRNA committee went to each household to ask a series of questions and sit in the kitchen (a place of comfort) to discuss the people’s dreams and aspirations
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that they had for the community. “Many of the success’s we find we have today have come from these kitchen table discussions.” relates Ted Williams, “Powwow was part of that talk and some members of the community built on this”. James Simcoe and Emerson Benson were both prominent and influential in rejuvenating the powwow at the time. Over the years, Rama First Nation has witnessed an expediential growth of the powwow, which was once mainly a small event where about a dozen community veterans would attend along with guests from Walpole, Wiky, Sarnia, and even Milwaukee. Now a competition powwow, the event has grown substantially, hosting between 3,000 - 5,000 visitors each year. It is an honour to have so many guests visit Rama to partake in the event which has been part of the community’s culture for several decades and continues to evolve. Had it not been for the indomitable will of a few individuals in the 1970’s, we would not be celebrating so many years of powwow at the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. The Chippewas of Rama First Nation 2017 Powwow will take place on August 19th and 20th at the John Snake Memorial Multi-Purpose Grounds located at 6030 Rama Road, Rama, Ontario. The community celebrated the unveiling of the grounds in honour of the late John Snake, Rama’s Cultural Coordinator for many years, who was instrumental in the early planning stages for the site. For more details contact the Chippewas of Rama Culture and Research Department at (705) 3253611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Miigwech (“Thank you”). t
COMPETITION POWWOW: A dance and drum contest event for prizes. These powwows give dancers and singers the opportunity to be the best that they can be, much like the Olympics. Categories for dance contests are determined by age and dance style. Rama First Nation recognizes all tiny tots (0-5) as winners. As such, we do not have a competition for them. Instead, they receive an honourarium for their participation and are encouraged for their interest in dancing as a leisure activity. Any dancers who do not wish to enter into contests are still welcome participants during all intertribal songs. TM
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EVENTS in ONTARIO’S LAKE COUNTRY THE SPIRIT OF MARIPOSA MAY 1 - DEC 31 ORILLIA MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY An exhibition celebrating 150 years for Orillia & Canada! Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town illustrates that Mariposa can be any small town in Canada, universal yet incomparably local. As landscape, people & stories grow, identity & sense of place grow. Stephen Leacock, Gordon Lightfoot, Elizabeth Wyn Wood & Arthur Shilling told their stories through different mediums, making art for all time. With a lens to our community, The Spirit of Mariposa explores our past & illuminates the future to inspire others to compose stories of their own! Orillia Museum of Art & History, Downtown Orillia, 705-326-2159.
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STREETS ALIVE! OUTDOOR ART: MAPLE MASTERPIECES KICK-OFF CELEBRATION JUNE 17 | DOWNTOWN ORILLIA Orillia’s incredible 2017 Streets Alive! Outdoor art project, Maple Masterpieces, is unveiled! City streets come alive with a display of fifty 5’ tall maple leaf sculptures, featuring unique & exciting works by area artists, in celebration of the 150th birthdays of Orillia & Canada! Live entertainment, meet the artists, juried evaluation & beginning of People’s Choice voting. Downtown Orillia, 705-327-5093 (Winners to be announced at Starry Night Gallery & Studio Tour, Downtown Orillia, August 26)
NEW SUNSHINE FESTIVAL THEATRE: A DOG PARK JAMBOREE! JUNE 20 - JULY 29 A musical comedy for folks who love their pets! Dogs celebrate in an off-leash park on the eve of the summer solstice, when the star Sirius, patron saint of dogs, shines most brightly. A Jack Russell who thinks he’s Mick Jagger, a pair of Corgis who tell how to keep The Royals in line, & a Schnauzer pup with a tennis ball perform in a talent contest presided over by a down-on-his-luck, Springer Spaniel TV star! Presented by New Sunshine Festival. Book & lyrics by David Fanstone, music by Birds of Bellwoods. OCC Theatre, 64 Colborne St. East, Downtown Orillia, 705238-2236 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Tues. & Wed: 2:00 pm / Thurs: 2:00 & 7:30 pm / Fri. & Sat: 7:30 pm / No Show July 28)
CHRISTMAS IN JUNE JUNE 24 A festive day at the Port of Orillia! Large boater rendezvous & fabulous decorated boat contest, free to viewing public! Port of Orillia, Centennial Drive, Lake Couchiching, 705-326-4424 or 1-888-326-4424
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MOVIES IN THE PARK VARIOUS DATES FROM JULY 5 - AUGUST 22 | COUCHICHING BEACH PARK Free screenings courtesy of Thor Mortors will be held at the Aqua Theatre at Couchiching Beach Park. Each film will begin at dusk or approximately 9:30 p.m. Concessions and washrooms will be open for this event. Arrive early for Aqua Theatre seating or bring a lawnchair of your own. For a list of all screenings and dates visit orillia.ca/en/visitorillia/MoviesInThePark. asp
MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL JULY 7 - 9 | TUDHOPE PARK, DOWNTOWN ORILLIA The Mariposa Folk Festival was founded in 1961 in Orillia. The name ‘Mariposa’ was taken from Stephen Leacock’s book Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, in which the ‘little town’ of the title, a thinly disguised Orillia, was called Mariposa. Incredibly, in its inaugural year, Orillia-native Gordon Lightfoot was deemed to be not talented enough to perform. 56 years and a great number of famous star performances later (including Lightfoot—invited back in later years—and Bruce Cockburn), the event is bigger than ever, with 25,000 people expected to watch more than 100 artists in a number of musical styles performing on ten stages. Most of the action takes place in Tudhope Park, but a special stage will be set-up in downtown Orillia as well. This summertime tradition in the Sunshine City is something every music fan simply must experience once in their life. For more information mariposafolk.com.
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LEACOCK SUMMER FESTIVAL JULY 20 - 23 LEACOCK MUSEUM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE A literary festival featuring award-winning authors & emerging writers. Readings, book signings, dinners & special events, including Feast of Thrones, a Cosplay dinner experience! Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Drive, 705-329-1908
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40TH ANNUAL ORILLIA SCOTTISH FESTIVAL JULY 14 - 16 | ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Whether you’re a highlander or an outlander, everyone is a little Scottish during the weekend-long Orillia Scottish Festival. Currently in its 40th season, the festival is Orillia’s longest continuously running event. Its enduring appeal lies in the colour and spectacle that comes with Scottish culture—the kilted revelers, the lilt of the bagpipes, the exuberance of dancers performing timeless steps. Even if you’re not Scottish you’ll find much to enjoy, including a parade throughout downtown Orillia, pipe and drum competitions, and numerous vendors and entertainment at Couchiching Beach Park all-day Saturday. The Orillia Scottish Festival is a wee bit of fun on a summer’s day; check it out. facebook.com/orilliascottishfestival.
HERITAGE DAY COLDWATER JULY 16, 10:30 AM - 4PM CANADIANA MUSEUM A visit to the Coldwater Canadiana Museum is like emerging from a time machine into 19th century Ontario, with its historic buildings (including a 1840s-era log homestead), pioneer artifacts, and costumed staff. But at no time is the experience more immersive than during the annual Heritage Day festival. Visit the museum and experience life as it must have been in Coldwater over 100 years ago with pioneer craft demonstrations, a number of living history re-enactors bringing pioneer existence to life, and vintage farm and fire equipment displays. Special guests include musician Terry Connolly, paleobotanist Rudy Fecteau, and Dorothy Duncan, author and culinary historian. coldwatermuseum.com
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19TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW AUGUST 19 | DOWNTOWN ORILLIA 7TH ANNUAL COLDWATER STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL: VINTAGE CANADIANA! AUGUST 10 - 12 Canada’s 150th Steampunk’d Birthday! Step through the looking glass into Canada’s history, experience 1867 & meet characters from the past as they time travel to Coldwater. Vendors, artisans, buskers, musicians, duelling knights, vintage vehicles, old fashioned circus sideshow & more! Downtown Coldwater, Coldwater Mill & Canadiana Museum, 705-715-6950 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Thurs: 6:00 - 8:00 pm / Fri: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm / Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Free shuttle between Mill & Museum)
ORILLIA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL AUGUST 11 - 13 Orillia began its life as a port community on spectacularly scenic Lake Couchiching, and as a result the lake is very much a part of the town’s character. It is therefore fitting that Orillia’s premier summer festival is centered around and inspired by Lake Couchiching. The weekend-long Orillia Waterfront Festival is three days of fun activities and entertainment at the beautiful Port of Orillia and waterfront parks. Boating aficionados will take note of the in-water boat show featuring new, dealer trade, select brokerage and private owner boats, including everything from kayaks to cruisers. Over 100 vendors and exhibitors offer boating accessories, water sport equipment, cottage and outdoor products, summer fashions, good food, and unique hand-made crafts. Entertainment comes in the form of art exhibits, dog agility trials, a dock dogs diving contest, water ski shows and, on Sunday at noon, the beloved and hilarious cardboard boat race. Over 20,000 people attend the Orillia Waterfront Festival each year and it’s not hard to see why. orillia.com
LEGENDS AT THE LEGION: TRIBUTE ARTISTS WEEKEND! AUGUST 11 - 13 | ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION A celebration of Elvis, rock & roll, & country music legends! Artist warm-up Friday night, competitions & evening showcase Saturday, gospel show & finals Sunday. Great cash prizes & delicious BBQ steak! Everyone welcome! Royal Canadian Legion, 215 Mississaga Street East at waterfront, 705-325-8442
A dazzling collection of over 400 classic cars line Orillia’s downtown streets! The largest car show in the region! Live entertainment, excellent dining & great shopping. Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Free parking in downtown lots)
32ND ANNUAL CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION POW WOW AUGUST 19 - 20 | JOHN SNAKE MEMORIAL MULTIPURPOSE GROUNDS A powwow is an ages-old tradition among many different First Nations communities. A joyful social gathering, its marked by singing, dancing, drumming and in general, honouring of their unique cultures. At the Chippewas of Rama Powwow, currently in its 31st year, everyone’s invited. It’s particularly appropriate that the Rama Chippewas host such a popular public event as their territory around Lake Couchiching is known as ‘the gathering place’ where great meetings were held between tribes and important agreements signed. During the event, you’ll witness some of Ontario’s finest Powwow singers and dancers as they compete against one another in this competition Powwow. Don’t miss the grand opening, a parade of dancers entering the arena one at a time in line and then twist and twirl in colorful spectacle in a big circle around the field as drummers and singers perform traditional music. In addition to the entertainers, the Powwow includes dozens of arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of great food. facebook.com/ramapowwow. >>
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SPECIAL EVENTS Some special events that are being held at Sainte-Marie throughout the summer. National Aboriginal Day – June 21 National Aboriginal Day is a time for all Canadians to celebrate the cultures of Indigenous peoples, Inuit and Metis, and their contributions to Canadian history. In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, Sainte-Marie offers Native singing, drumming and dancing, lacrosse and canoe demonstrations, kid’s heritage crafts, and Indigenous crafters.
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Bagattaway Lacrosse Festival – June 24-25 The Bagattaway Lacrosse Festival, hosted jointly by Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and the Toronto Rock, offers the opportunity to experience the traditions of Canada’s national summer sport. Visit the site of one of the first recorded accounts of this Indigenous game and try your hand at skills competitions. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Toronto Rock players.
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TIME CAPSULE SAINTE-MARIE AMONG THE HURONS
From the earliest date of the French Settlement at Quebec in the 17th century, the call of the wilderness was overwhelming. Samuel de Champlain, Quebec’s founder and first governor was an avid explorer and cartographer. So too were French Jesuit missionaries. Their legacy lives on in the form of the impressively reconstructed Sainte-Marie among the Huron mission near Midland. For fifty years, since its may 1967 opening, the living history museum has been transporting people four centuries into Ontario’s past, to a time when Sainte-Marie was the only European settlement in Ontario. The site is not only among the province’s most historically important locations, but also one of its most engaging. Their Jesuit’s zeal to spread the word of God to the First Nations brought them deep into the continent’s interior and bringing them into contact with the large and powerful Huron nation on the northeastern shores of Lake Huron, some 800 miles west of Quebec. In 1639, missionaries established a substantial fortified mission in the center of the Huron’s domain, which they called Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and which served as a headquarters for several other smaller missions established nearby. Sainte-Marie was a well-fortified compound, with large masonry tower-like bastions and some stone curtain walls on the north and east sides, and stockade walls edging wet moats on the south and west sides. The mission was a highly efficient village with a blacksmith, carpenter shop, granary, a barn that housed a number of hardy livestock, chapel, hospital, and bunkhouses. It was home not only to priests but also donnes (workers who served God but did not take holy vows) and a handful of soldiers. By the mid-1640s, SainteMarie was home to over 60 people, making it the largest European community in Canada west of Quebec and home to a fifth of French Canada’s entire population. However, the missions were doomed. Successive epidemics of smallpox had killed well over half of the once-powerful Huron nation. The Huron, quite naturally, grew suspicious of the Black Robes. It seemed wherever they went, this strange and deadly illness appeared. Worse, the Huron’s ancient enemy, the Iroquois, took advantage of their weakness to attack. Starting in 1647, they set Huronia ablaze as they destroyed one village after another. >>
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Finally they set upon the Jesuit missions. Over one thousand Iroquois launched an attack on St. Ignace, about five miles from St. Marie along the shore. Only three of the mission’s four hundred Huron escaped death or capture. Next, they attacked St. Louis, where they captured two Jesuits, Jean de Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalement, and tortured them to death in grisly fashion. Fearing an assault, Sainte-Marie’s residents abandoned the mission, which they burned as they left. On Georgian Bay’s Christian Island, the Huron and Jesuits built Saint-Marie II and settled in for the winter. Hundreds died from starvation; those who ventured across the ice to the main land to hunt risked death by Iroquois war bands. In June 1650, the French, accompanied by about 300 Christian Hurons, left for Quebec. The remainder of the Huron dispersed among other friendly tribes. The once strong Huron nation, and the Jesuits’ dream of a new Christian society, had disappeared from Ontario forever. But the ruins of Sainte-Marie weren’t forgotten. In the early 20th century interest in the site grew, leading to extensive archaeological work
beginning in the 1940s. In 1967, a meticulously researched, full-scale reconstruction of the mission on her original site was open to the public (though work wouldn’t be completely finished until the following year). After 300 years, Sainte-Marie had risen again from the ashes.
VISITING When you visit Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, you walk through a recreated village to witness a bit of early 17th century life in what was then the wilderness of Ontario. As you explore the historic site, you’ll sense the challenges faced by those who founded and lived at this famous mission (a location so remote, a letter took two years to travel to France), as well as the religious conviction that drove the Jesuits to face such hardships. Throughout the summer season, daily existence at the mission is brought to life in informative demonstrations by costumed staff and “hands-on” activities every day that share
aspects of life in the 17th century. These include fire-starting and cooking, native games, period music, and the medicinal techniques employed by Jesuits and Native peoples. Your visit begins with a colourful audio-visual presentation in the theatre that sets the stage for your journey. When the lights turn on at the end of the short film, a wall in the theatre slides open and your doorway to the 17th century presents itself. A few steps later and you find yourself transported 370 years into the past. The first building you’ll come to is a soldier’s barracks, flanked by stone bastions that lend the mission a distinctly military impression. In truth, military presence was limited. 22 soldiers were garrisoned here in 1644, but the number had sunk to only 6 in 1649 even as the threat to the region by the Iroquois was looming. A number of stone bastions, and several lengths of stone wall, were constructed in 1647 to make up for the lack of soldiers. Two stone bastions have been rebuilt around the standing remains of original structures. Elsewhere on-site, original stonework excavated in 1941 has been preserved as they represent the first European masonry in Ontario. >>
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extensive archaeological work beginning in the 1940s…After 300 years, Sainte-Marie had risen again from the ashes.
Another highlight is the blacksmith shop, which was originally staffed by a Jesuit lay brother. The Huron were so impressed by the blacksmith’s skills they called the French Agnonha, or ‘iron people.’ Iron was scarce due to the difficulty in transporting it by canoe and so was used sparingly. Because coal was not available, Sainte-Marie’s blacksmith would have often relied on wood embers for his forge making the heating of metal a challenging task. Items that were manufactured at Sainte-Marie included nails, hinges, spikes and small structural items. The Jesuits proved as skilled in agricultural pursuits as in spreading the word of God. The granary is impressive in size, and needed to be as the mission boasted a three-year surplus of corn grown in fields outside its walls. As worshipping Catholics, the priests grew wheat for sacramental bread and cultivated local grapes for wine. A barn housed chickens, pigs and cows; milk and eggs were important for French diets and pork supplemented the vegetarian diet of the Huron. Livestock had to be carefully selected to survive the harsh conditions of frontier Canada; watch for Houdan chickens, with their plumed heads, and Canadienne cattle, a particularly rugged breed. The heart of the mission, quite naturally, is the Church of Saint Joseph. Built to accommodate the spiritual needs of the Huron, and to inspire interest in Christianity, the Church of Saint Joseph represents Jesuit efforts to bridge cultural divides between the native and French cultures. Here, visitors solemnly look upon the graves of the martyred priests, Jean de Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalemant. Elsewhere on-site, one finds a smaller chapel exclusively used for European-style worship by the Jesuits.
Other sites of particular interest include Sainte-Marie’s hospital, the first in Ontario; a waterway whose exact purpose remains unknown and controversial to this day (was it a locked canal permitting canoe entrance from the river as reconstructed, or was it perhaps the race for a gristmill, a source for fresh water, or even a means of draining the wet soil?); and the Huron longhouse, where you listen to the retelling of native legends. Complete your tour at the Sainte-Marie Museum which puts the mission in historic context. The museum explains the motives and transportation of early explorers, the society and culture they left behind in Europe, what they came to do in New France, and how they learned to adapt to a new way of life in Huronia. Visitors also learn about the fur trade, the role of the canoe in opening up Canada, and the 20th century processes of archaeological excavation and reconstruction of Sainte-Marie. Among the exhibits are hundreds of fascinating artifacts excavated from the ruins of Sainte-Marie. One artifact on display in 2017 stands out: Samuel de Champlain’s Astrolabe. This navigational aid, found in 1867 in Cobden, Ontario, and attributed to the famed explorer brings us closer to the man and his role as an explorer who initiated contact with the First Nations cultures he encountered. It’s one of only a handful of astrolabes on display in the world today. Take the short drive to Midland’s Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, a trip measured not in miles but in years—more than 370 years, in fact. There you’ll discover one of Ontario’s most historically relevant and immersive sites, and experience an early example of the cultural diversity that makes modern Canada so special. t
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“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks’ – John Muir BY MEGAN PASCHE
Muskoka is the perfect place to get out and experience nature. The air is clean, crisp and fresh, and nature engulfs you wherever you go. The land is dotted with hundreds of lakes, a never ending blanket of trees (of all different species including spruce, pine, poplar, balsam and birch), and there are spots that are soothing to both the body and mind. Hikers have over two hundred and fifty species of birds, fifty types of mammals and twenty-five species of amphibians to discover.
Muskoka is the perfect place to get out and experience nature. The air is clean, crisp and fresh, and nature engulfs you wherever you go. The land is dotted with hundreds of lakes, a never ending blankets of trees, and there are spots that are soothing to both the body and mind. Hikers have over two hundred and fifty species of birds, fifty types of mammals and twenty-five species of amphibians to discover. There are endless trails to get out and explore, and they all range in difficulty and length, from family friendly strolls to tough hikes with hilly terrain. There are trails for hikers, bikers and even horseback riders. Whichever trail you choose, there is something special about heading out and exploring Muskoka’s natural landscape. Practically speaking, when you head out on a hike, make sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks, water and a camera, and be sure to let someone know your hiking plans, as cell phones will likely not work when you get out onto some of the trails. Many trails will lead you out to stunning viewpoints so you can take in some of Muskoka’s sweeping vistas.
ROSSEAU Skeleton Lake Fish Hatchery Trail The trail is 1km of level gravel path and is accessible off of Hatchery Road. This former fish hatchery was used to produce trout to release into local lakes and streams, but closed in the early 1990s. The path will take you past the area where work is being done to naturalize the site, and you will pass several different habitats on your way.
PORT CARLING Hazelwood Trail This trail is 5km return and once served as a link between Port Carling and Port Sandfield. The trail passes through a forest, between bluffs and beside a pond. It is of moderate difficulty. A parking lot can be found off of Hazlewood Road. Huckleberry Rock Trail This is a 2.5km trail that leads hikers to a scenic lookout over Lake Muskoka. The trail can be accessed from Milford Bay Road. Along this trail, you’ll find some of the oldest rocks in the world, some of them dating back millions of years.
HUNTSVILLE Avery Park Trail This is a short trail that leads hikers through a beautiful old forest. It is about 1km long and can be accessed from Yonge Street. Memorial Park Trails These trails are in Southeast Huntsville and wind through forest and eventually along the Muskoka River. Trails are accessed from the Centennial Centre. Fairy Vista Trail This 3.4km all season trail will bring you through fields, forests and wetlands. It can be accessed by going to the corner of Hwy #60 and Fairyview Drive. This trail is paved, so it can be used for hiking, cycling, rollerblading and is wheelchair accessible. Hunter’s Bay Trail Parking is available at Avery Beach at the lake side of Yonge Street. This 3.8km trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail, and is good for walking or cycling. The trail stretches along the river, and there is a 450-foot section of it that actually floats on Hunter’s Bay, making it a great place to stop for a swim. >>
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BRACEBRIDGE Bracebridge Bay Trail This is a short trail (1.5km) that begins at the Bracebridge Visitors Centre and follows the bay around to the falls. This trail also features informational plaques along the trail, which will enlighten hikers regarding the history of Bracebridge. Bracebridge Resource Management Trails This set of trails varies in length from 3km to 8km. They are said to be some of the most scenic trails in the area. The centre, where parking is available, is off of Highway 11. These trails are rated easy to moderate. Wilson Fall’s Trail This trail stretches 2km to 5km. The highlight of this trail is Wilson’s Creek Falls, which is 41 feet high. A bridge will take you right over the falls for a stunning view. There are various access points, but the trailhead is located at Macaulay Public School on Cedar Lane. This is one of the more difficult trails, as it features a lot of steep hills. Strawberry Point Trail Parking for this trail is on Strawberry Bay Road. The trail stretches though the woods and eventually leads to an area that will give you a panoramic view of Lake Muskoka. The trail continues on and eventually leads you to a spot that is great for swimming or picnicking.
GRAVENHURST Brydon’s Bay Trail Parking for this trail is on Old Portage Road. The trail follows a family friendly, 2.3km loop, and wanders through an old pine forest. Hahne Farm Trail This is a series of short trails that loops around a marsh, giving hikers a beautiful view. Parking is available under the water tower in Pine Ridge. Old Stone Road Trail This old trail was once used as an old wagon path between Bala and Gravenhurst. This trail is 6km one way and goes mostly through forest and over the occasional marsh. The trailhead is one Muldrew Lake Road.
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