Linking Orillia's Core to the Water

The revitalization of our waterfront and downtown is a key component of Orillia's future success. The City in 2012 hired consulting firm Urban Strategies to assist with the development of a Downtown Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

Part of the goal of the project is to increase the potential for private investment in both the waterfront and downtown area.

On September 24, 2012 the Final Report was presented to Council Committee which included 33 recommendations over the next 20 years.  These strategic initiatives are divided into broader categories

  • Increasing the residential population
  • Celebrating Downtown's cultural heritage activity
  • Enhancing the shopping and dining experience
  • Creating new spaces for playing, gathering and relaxing
  • Promoting Orillia and enhancing the visitor experience.

The City continues to plan and execute initiatives as set out in the final recommendations.  


The Scope of the Downtown Tomorrow project called for urban design approaches that will strengthen the links between the downtown core and the Lake Couchiching waterfront. The study area has been broken down into two areas. The Primary Focus area, which includes the existing downtown and waterfront areas, will lead to short and medium term action items over the next two to five years. The Secondary Focus area will lead to suggested action items over the longer term, between 10 and 20 years.

The process of developing a Downtown/Waterfront Revitalization plan will involve engaging property owners within the study area, community organizations, municipal committees, and the public. the public  design charrette was held in May 2012.

Work on the revitalization project commenced in January 2012 and the final report and recommendations was presented to Council Committee on September 24, 2012.

For more information on the plan and its initiatives, please contact:

Ian Sugden
Director of Development Services
City of Orillia

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