Quality of Life


Spacious waterfront parks, beautiful public beaches, fine specimens of Victorian architecture, healthy neighbourhoods, an active arts and culture scene, a vibrant downtown, a feast of festivals, and dynamic community spirit enrich the lives of Orillia residents and charm our visitors.

This attractive community of over 33,000 people offers a welcome escape from the pressures of "the Big City," while remaining within striking distance. Orillia is a place where you can work at a healthy pace far from the congestion and pollution of the sprawling urban giant to the south.

A very liveable city, Orillia has preserved and celebrated its architectural heritage while pursuing leading-edge technology and promoting energy-efficient design.

Located on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, Orillia is a popular port of call on the Trent-Severn Waterway. Orillia boasts two National Historic Sites - the 4,000-year-old aboriginal fish weirs in The Narrows between Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching and the elegant summer home of Canada's beloved humorist, Stephen Leacock, on Brewery Bay.

Residents and visitors participate eagerly in community events and the calendar bursts with activities on land and water - the Perch Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, Scottish Festival, Pro-Bass Derby, Centre of Power Boat Show, Home and Cottage Show, and many others.  

We call Orillia the Sunshine City. Bright, colourful, energetic and exciting, Orillia is a place to shine, a place to escape to - not from.