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Maple Leaf Tour 2014 Update

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Written by  15 September 2014
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Final call for the Maple Leaf Tour, October 3 to 5 in Orillia! Hotel bookings are rolling in, so arrange a room at the Eco-nolodge, 1-877-326-6534. 21 rooms are on hold until Sept. 15 and cancellation is accepted up to 4 pm on day of arrival.

For the Friday afternoon crowd, I will do a foot tour of the Orillia waterfront and historic downtown. Walking shoes are advised but it will not be a long route — likely a square three blocks on each side taking perhaps two hours. Meet at the waterfront parking lot, at the foot of Tecumseth Street at Centennial Drive. In case of rain, we will visit the OPP Museum on Memorial Avenue instead. Park on the entry circle or in the compound on the opposite side of the street. This is a small facility and is free but will likely take an hour.

Friday dinner is at Al and Jan's Oldies Diner, 575-5 West Street South at the Highway 12 Bypass, one traffic light from the hotel. They will open for us as a special occasion at 5:30, dinner at 6. Choices are roast beef sandwich or turkey/chicken plate including potato, vegetable, coffee/tea and dessert for $22.50 plus tax and tip. (No liquor license). They need meal selection at least two days ahead. Saturday morning we will leave the hotel at 9:45 to arrive at the Stephen Leacock Homestead and Museum by 10. Your ad-mission is covered in the registration fee. Lunch will be at the Leacock Cafe on the grounds at 11:30 as an order-off-the-menu. We will try to begin the afternoon tour by 12:30. Saturday afternoon will be a peaceful drive through the farm-ing country north of Orillia to the Sparrow Lake Road and the Southwood Road to Torrence. This is a twisty and slow drive through the backwoods of Muskoka on a good paved road. Expect to see wildlife and watch in the swampy areas for the red berries of Ontario's only native holly. We have a couple of interesting stops along the route which will again be covered in

the registration fee.

Dinner Saturday is order-off-the-menu at East Side Mario's, very close to the hotel. We have a generous discount from the regular prices and Mario's is licensed. Will Norton has chosen this for the Sunday lunch and AGM so they are being extra generous for us.

Get your bookings in for this year's Maple Leaf Tour. Hotel access is easy. From Highway 12 Bypass, turn right at Memorial Avenue to number 265 immediately on your left. From Highway 11 northbound, exit Memorial Avenue and SLOW DOWN! The speed drops immediately to 50 kph/30 mph and the OPP College is at the first bend. From Highway 11 southbound, use the Highway 12 south exit, turn left on Memorial. All activities are within a few blocks of the hotel.

Orillia Econolodge, 265 Memorial Avenue, Orillia, Ontario L3V 5X8.1-877-326-6534/ 1-705-326-3554.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . $59.99 second floor, $64.99 first floor with patio door.


Please note that we are paying some fees from your registrations, so must increase to $10. per person. Outrageous inflation! 

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