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Orillia Ontario Annual Perch Festival

Updated on March 29, 2014
Lake Couchiching, Orillia
Lake Couchiching, Orillia | Source

When and Where?

The 33rd Annual Perch Festival for 2014, will begin on April 19th and run until May 10th. The event takes place on Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, in Orillia, Ontario. The Perch Festival is the largest fishing derby in Canada. This year there are over sixty tagged perch with prizes of $500.00, if you catch a tagged one. There are also two fish swimming around on one of the two lakes that are worth $3000.00 each. Many other prizes to be won daily, weekly, and there are also grand prize draws.

Yellow Perch
Yellow Perch | Source

How to Register for the Perch Festival

Before you start fishing remember to register for this great event that runs until May 10th. Cost for registration is $20.00 for adults and for children under sixteen the cost is $5.00. You can pick up your registration form at the festival headquarters, which is at Tudhope Park in Orillia. If you are out of town you can register by mailing a check along with name, address, phone numbers, dates of birth for everyone registering to: Orillia District Chamber of Commerce, 150 Front St. South, Orillia, Ontario, L3V 4S7.


For all rules and regulations please click here.

Where You Can Fish

For fishing you can fish off the docks, shoreline or from your boat. If you would like to rent a boat for the event there are many rental places in and around the festival. Please see the map below for boat rentals.

How to Get to the Perch Festival

Blue Beacon Marina 693 Atherley, Orillia:
Blue Beacon Marine, Atherly Narrows, Orillia, ON L3V 1A9, Canada

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Marine Plaza 8140 Highway 11 Orillia, Ontario:
Hwy 11, Orillia, ON, Canada

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Narrows Canoe33 Queen St. Orillia, Ontario:
Queen St, Orillia, ON L3V, Canada

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Highwayman Inn
Highwayman Inn
Couchiching Inn
Couchiching Inn

Places To Stay

If you are requiring accommodations during your stay in Orillia there are various motels and hotels.

The Highwayman Inn located off hwy 11 is close to shopping, restaurants and is a very comfortable hospitable place to stay. Relax in the pool and hot tub or sauna before dining at McCabes restaurant and lounge, which is located right on the premises. This hotel offers hourly shuttles to Casino Rama should you be feeling lucky.

Couchiching Inn is within walking distance to Tudhope Park, Steven Leacock museum and within driving distance to all of Orillia restaurants and attractions. Suites are available with fireplaces and Jacuzzis. The Portage Bistro is open for your fine dining pleasure and there is also a fitness facility with a sauna and hot tub.

Stonegate Inn
Stonegate Inn

Hotels and Motels in Orillia

There many other hotels in Orillia with various prices, amenities and restaurants. The Stonegate Inn is a luxury, all suite hotel.

Highwayman Inn, Orillia, Ontario:
Orillia, ON, Canada

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Couchiching Inn 440 Couchiching Point Road, Orillia:
440 Couchiching Point Rd, Orillia, ON L3V 1P8, Canada

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Stonegate Inn,437 Laclie Street Orillia, Ontario:
437 Laclie St, Orillia, ON L3V 4P8, Canada

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Come on on anytime Rebecca and I'll be happy to show you around!

    • rebeccamealey profile image

      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh, wouldn't I love to come up there and go fishing. The Perch Festival sounds great! The scenery in your photo seems really nice.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Grant it is a beautiful lake. Thanks so much for reading.

      prasetio Thanks so much.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Susan. I love your report about this Festival. I wish I can see this in person. Thank you so much for writing this and share with us. You got my vote again and again. Cheers...

      Love and peace,

    • GrantGMcgowan profile image


      7 years ago

      I wanted to go that lake.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cardisa Great way to relax.

      Bill It would be great to catch one :)

      Pamela, always exploring and Sharyn To catch a fish would be nice. Thanks all for stopping by to read.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile image

      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I would love doing something like this. A lot more fun than playing the lottery. It looks very beautiful there. Thanks for sharing!

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      That would be great fun to catch one of the prize fish. Beautiful lake. Thank you.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The lake is beautiful and if you can win that is a nice little prize. Voted up.

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      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What fun that would be and what a beautiful lake!

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      I have a brother who is a fisherman, I asked him once to take me fishing and I have not been. I went fishing in the river a few years ago and loved it.


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