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  • Pirate Party

  • On Labour Day Weekend, Pirates Invade the Port of Orillia!

    Yo-ho! It's time to batten down ye hatches, because the "Pirates of the Orillian Sea" have their sights set on the City's Downtown Waterfront. They are expected to make landfall just in time for the Labour Day weekend, and are bringing with them a weekend of fun and entertainment for all ages!

     

    The Orillia Pirate Party features:

    • Life-sized "pirate" ships crewed by historical re-enactors
    • Fencing, tactical, and artillery demonstrations
    • Pirate encampment village featuring a blacksmith demonstration, costumed re-enactors, and historical props
    • Live musical entertainment 
    • Food and vendors
    • Downtown scavenger hunt
    • Rotary Club beer garden

    Schedule of events:

    Pirate Party Public Schedule

     

    All weekend long you can participate in our Treasure Map and win awesome prizes! Get your map at the Port office or Orillia Public Library. 

    Every night you can enjoy Music at the Port!

    Saturday and Sunday our Pirate Village is open to the public.

    Friday

    All Day - Treasure Map - Get your map at the Port office or Orillia Public Library 

    8PM - Music at the Port - The Conner Brothers

    Saturday

    All Day - Treasure Map - Get your map at the Port office or Orillia Public Library 

    9AM-7PM - Vendor Market

    11AM – Attack on Lord Leacock’s Manor

    1PM – Pirates Attack the Port

    2PM – Walk the Plank (Registration 1PM at Rotary Beer Tent)

    3PM – Award for the best Pirate Ship

    8PM – Music at the Port - Ronnie Douglas Band

    Sunday

    All Day - Treasure Map - Get your map at the Port office or Orillia Public Library 

    11AM – Attack of Champlain Sailing

    2PM – Battle at Sea

    8PM – Music at the Port - The Orangeman

     

    Location:

    The Orillia Pirate Party takes place at the Port of Orillia at 50 Centennial Drive, Orillia, ON. The Port is located steps from vibrant downtown Orillia and adjacent to Couchiching Beach Park which features a sandy swimming area, children's playgrounds, walking trails, gardens, and picnic areas. There is free parking available in the waterfront lots, and the venue is also accessible via public transit and pedestrian/ cycling trails.​

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  • Plan Your Visit

    All attendees are invited to join the pirate ranks by dressing and acting the part for the day, so work on your sea-slang, and start putting together your costume!  The entertainment lasts from Friday through Sunday, and admission is free. Here are some tips for making the most of your day or weekend visit:

     

    Dress as your favourite buccaneer, swashbuckler, or sea-dog

    Get into the fun by dressing up in pirate garb. This can be as simple as donning a bandana and eye-patch, or you can go all-out with a full costume. Steampunkers, renaissance re-enactors, and cosplayers are all invited to join in with their takes on pirate attire.

     

    Learn to talk like a pirate

    There are tons of online resources to help you learn pirate terminology. Here are a couple fun words and phrases to get you started:

    • scallywag - an insulting term for an inexperienced pirate
    • old salt - a sailor that has a great deal of experience on the seas
    • Avast ye! - Stop and pay attention!
    • give no quarter - show no mercy
    • hearties - friends and comrades

     

    Accommodations and dining

     

    With the Pirate Party providing three days of free fun at the waterfront, why not spend the whole weekend in Orillia? Accommodation listings are available in our business directory at https://www.orillia.com/list/ql/lodging-travel-14. Orillia is surrounded by nature, and there are several camping options nearby, including three provincial parks. See more camping options in our directory. If you're a boater, consider staying right where the action is at the Port of Orillia.  The Port offers over 200 transient slips with full hook-up, showers, washrooms, and boater's lounge available.

     

    There are a wide variety of unique dining options in Orillia and area, with something to fit everyone's tastes. See https://www.orillia.com/list/search?q=&c=74&sa=False for a listing of restaurants. There will also be food vendors at the festival.

     

    Parking and transportation

    There is free parking in the lots at the Waterfront, including at the Port of Orillia and at Couchiching Beach park. There is additional on-street and municipal lot paid parking available nearby. See parking information here. 

    For locals, or those spending the weekend, active transportation or public transit are great options for getting to the waterfront. Cycling and pedestrian trails exist throughout the city, and the Millennium Trail, part of the Trans-Canada trail system, runs directly through Couchiching Beach Park. The City of Orillia's public transit system  offers accessible transit seven days a week. Details, including maps and schedules, are available at https://www.orillia.ca/en/living-here/routemapschedules.aspx. (Note public transit service does not operate on the holiday Monday, September 5)

    Orillia is located along the Trent-Severn Waterway, and what better way to arrive at a Pirate Party than by boat? Reservations are recommended if staying the night. Short-term daytime moorage may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis (three hours or less, daytime-only is free at the seawall, $10 behind the gates) See https://www.orillia.com/port-of-orillia for more information.

     

     

    How do pirates know that they are pirates?
     They think, therefore they ARRRRH !!!!