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The City of Orillia is located in the economic heartland of Ontario, on the shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching and just an hour north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). There are approximately 130 million customers within a day's drive of Orillia. Two major highway corridors - Highway 400/Highway 11 and Highway 12 - provide access to the north, south, east, and west.

Orillia is the business centre for the surrounding economic region, as well as a tourism destination as a gateway to the province's Muskoka region. Orillia is also a port of call on the Trent-Severn Waterway, a 385-kilometre recreational waterway link between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. 

Here are some facts to consider about Orillia's ideal location:

  • Approximately 200 kilometres (140 miles) from the Canada/U.S. border
  • Within 10 hours' drive from major Canadian and U.S. markets along the Great Lakes and into Quebec
  • Just 115 kilometres (72 miles) from Pearson International Airport, Canada's busiest airport
  • 20 minutes from Lake Simcoe Regional Airport

Orillia is close to key markets. These charts show the distance from Orillia to various U.S. and Canadian cities:


Detroit, MI 300 483
Buffalo, NY 170 274
Pittsburgh, PA 320 515
New York, NY 550 885
Toledo, OH 370 595
Trenton, NJ 590 949
Chicago, IL 600 966


Toronto, ON 71 114
Alliston, ON 38 61
Oshawa, ON 66 106
Cambridge, ON 115 185
Brampton, ON 78 126
Hamilton, ON 113 182
Montreal, QC 370 595

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

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