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Canada became a country in 1867 - the same year Orillia was founded as a village. It has been thriving ever since.

While growth and progress have been strong in recent years, Orillia has been able to retain its small-town charm and has learned to look to the future while celebrating its past. Quality of life here remains golden. Surrounded by two lakes, outdoor pursuits are available in all seasons and are enjoyed by both visitors and residents.

Culture and heritage opportunities abound in Orillia. Whether it's one of the city's popular festivals, a show at the iconic Opera House or a visit to one of our local museums or National Historic Sites, there is always something to do in the Sunshine City.

Residents also have access to an excellent hospital as well as a range of other public services, including a new state-of-the-art recreation complex, and a brand new public library, which complement a community that also boasts a thriving, historic downtown.

Orillia is also home to Ontario's newest university. Lakehead University operates a growing Orillia presence with two locations: one in the historic centre of the downtown and a main campus that includes one of Canada's most environmentally-friendly buildings at its University Avenue location in West Orillia. Combined with the bustling Orillia campus of Georgian College, and the OPP training academy, Orillia is a hub of post-secondary opportunity for its 31,000 residents, and is sure to attract and stimulate growth.

On the water, Orillia is a port-of-call on the famous Trent-Severn Waterway, a 386-kilometre system of lakes and rivers that stretches from Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario. By land, Orillia is just an hour north of Canada's largest city, offering easy access to everything Toronto offers. Orillia is ideally situated in the economic heartland of Central Ontario and is within a day's drive of 130 million customers.

The powerful combination of lifestyle and location makes Orillia a great place to live and the right place to do business.

For more information contact the Economic Development Office at 705-325-4900 or by emailing

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