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The Sundial Inn

A photo of the dining room during its operational days.

The dining room as it appears in 2009.

The object of our exploration on this given day was a particular inn located in Orillia. It was built in 1962 and opened with a capacity of 40 guest rooms. Tired motorists travelling highway 11 were able to sleep in a room that overlooked Lake Couchiching for the night.

In 1999, additions were made to the inn which included convention and banquet facilities, a dining room offering fine cuisine, indoor pool and sauna, tennis courts and an exercise room.



The Inn before additions were made to it, note the lack of a tower.

Photos of the Sundial Inn when it was operational

The amenities at this full service hotel were impressive. The standard air conditioned rooms with cable television were equipped with free local telephone service, coffee maker and individual temperature control. Guests could pick from a variety of packages including Casino Rama, skiing, snowmobiling, and golf. A shuttle bus transported guests to the nearby Casino Rama.

The Inn was sold to another larger hotel chain in the middle 1990's and a seven-storey tower addition was completed in 1999 bringing the occupancy to 95 rooms. This was necessary to meet the increased demand for guests visiting the Casino.


Guests relaxing in the pool - unknown date

The pool as it is today as seen from the same angle


Unfortunately the facilities were not upgraded, only expanded and by 2004 the restaurant closed its doors. The opening of a luxury 300-room hotel at Casino Rama was the final nail in the coffin for the Sundial Inn. The Sundial Inn closed its doors on Friday 1st, 2008.

With infrastructure already in place for living accomodations, the property owners of the inn announced in 2005 that they would be redeveloping the Inn as a senior's residence. The plans never did see the light of day.


The fitness rooml - unknown date

The weight room as it looks today

Note that the location and name of this location is not exact. This is due to extensive vandalism occuring at this site.

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Retrolicious fountain

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The empty pool

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The empty pool

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Pool hallway slightly flooded

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Hot tub

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Hot tub

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Exterior of hot tub area

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Flooded
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Laundry room