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Discover & Do

In Orillia, we have worked very hard to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge people to visit areas close to their home and shop local as much as possible to keep all our communities safe. For those who choose to visit our community – welcome. Please make sure you are being a responsible guest in our beautiful Sunshine City.   Educate yourself on our local COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines available at

When visiting Orillia, please always remember to do the following:
- Stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart from those outside of your household or social circle at all times.
- Adhere to all signage and COVID-19 protocols throughout our public spaces and local businesses.
- Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you and practice good hand hygiene.
- We encourage you to wear a mask or cloth face covering when visiting local establishments.

Orillia is a great place to visit, but please take care of each other when you’re here. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that no matter where you are in the province, the country, or the world – we are all in this together. We need to continue to keep Orillia safe for those that call it home.

Please help us keep our community healthy. Be responsible and look out for one another.


Orillia is a bustling tourism destination - with its proximity to the GTA and location on the Trent-Severn Waterway there there is always something happening here.  Finding the right getaway package is key!

Orillia Area Packages

Orillia Opera House

Since its opening in 1895, the Orillia Opera House has been a focal point for the cultural life of the City of Orillia. The only professional quality performing arts venue in town, it sits in the heart of the downtown on Mississaga Street and West Street with more than ample parking for patrons. There are no bad seats at the Orillia Opera House - every one is within 75 feet of the stage.

This theatre is known for its fine acoustics and has brought big name artists to Orillia such as Glen Gould, Oscar Peterson, K.D. Lang, Mickey Rooney, Liona Boyd, Blue Rodeo, Jerry Dee, Ron James, Lighthouse, The Stampeders, Bruce Cockburn and our own hometown boy, Gordon Lightfoot. 

Sport & Recreation

Orillia has modern and accessible recreation facilities to meet the needs of everyone. In addition to the many community recreation facilities, Orillia also has many open spaces and recreation trails, allowing residents and visitors alike to enjoy our beautiful waterfront areas. The City of Orillia is proud to showcase its inventory of public parkland - from tranquil waterfront spaces, to exciting playgrounds to beautifully manicured lawns, these public parks are designed to enhance and complement the natural beauty of our community.


 Orillia's impressive menu of recreation facilities and parks includes:




Orillia has a rich heritage and history that is celebrated and showcased in the city's three museums.

 Stephen Leacock Museum

Stephen Leacock, Canada's beloved humorist, spent his most creative time in what he coined as Lake Simcoe Country. In 1928, he built Leacock House at his lakeside retreat at Old Brewery Bay, where Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching meet. Leacock House, designed by Wright & Noxon, Toronto, reflected Leacock's success and prestige as a world-renowned author and a celebrated academic. It is now a national historic site. 

Address: 50 Museum Drive, Orillia
Phone: 705-329-1908 x 806
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

 Orillia Museum of Art & History

The Orillia Museum of Art and History showcases the best of the region's culture and history through its local and nationally significant exhibitions. The museum is housed in the historic Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building, built in 1894.

Address: 30 Peter Street South, Orillia
Phone: 705-326-2159

 Ontario Provincial Police Museum

The Ontario Provincial Police Museum preserves and celebrates the heritage of the Ontario Provincial Police. The museum is housed in the Lincoln Alexander building, better known as the Ontario Provincial Police General Headquarters building in Orillia.

Address: 777 Memorial Avenue, Orillia
Phone: 705-329-6889

Walking Tours & Guides

Whether on foot, by boat or by bike there are many sights to see in Orillia! Check out one of the tours below to start exploring.

Tripvia App Walking Tours
Tripvia Tours uses a technology called geo-fencing. When you enter a geo-fence, your GPS location triggers the audio clip that tells you about the spot that you are in. 

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the Orillia Opera House? Orillia Central School? Or the old Fire Hall? Here's your chance!

As you walk by various points of interest downtown, the audio will play automatically.

Download the app today and start exploring downtown Orillia!  

 Orillia and Lake Country Tours

Orillia and Lake Country has many different tour options listed below. 

Driving Tours  |  Cycling Tours  |  Hiking Tours  |  Boating Tours

Arts & Culture

The birthplace of legendary folk singer, Gordon Lightfoot, and summer home of Canada's most famous humorist, Stephen Leacock, Orillia has inspired outstanding artistic creation for generations. Group of Seven painter Franklin Carmichael and renowned sculptor Elizabeth Wyn Wood were also born in Orillia, a city where arts and culture are important - and a city that continues to produce and sustain a wealth of painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, and other artists. If you're looking for arts and culture, look no further than Orillia!

Art in Public Places  |  Cultural Links  |  Festivals & Events  |  Galleries & Studios  |  Music & Dance  |  Historic Properties of Interest  |  Spacefinder

 Movies in the Park
These screenings occur every summer, are free and are held at the Rotary Aqua Theatre at Couchiching Beach Park. Each film will begin at dusk. Concessions and washrooms will be open for this event. Arrive early for Aqua Theatre seating or bring a lawnchair of your own.

Due to COVID-19 Movies in the Park has been cancelled for the 2020 summer season.
 Music in the Park
Sunday Evening Band Concerts

The Sunday Evening Band Concerts Series brings the big band sounds of the region's top bands to the scenic beach area of Lake Couchiching.

Concerts are free to the public, though donations are welcome and used to help offset the cost of the bands. 

The Community Services Department is grateful to the Champlain Seniors Service Club for their help in organizing this popular Orillia tradition. 


Bandstand Revival 

The Bandstand Revival brings music back to this historic site for enchanted summer evenings.


Tune In Piano Project

Each summer the City of Orillia commissions artists through the Tune in Piano Project to create works of art from working pianos located in city parks. These colourful instruments can be heard throughout the summer as they are played by hundreds of locals and visitors.


Disclaimer: Some of the above photos may have been taken prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, thus do not follow current restrictions and regulations with regards to face masks, physical distancing and social gatherings.  Please refer to the City of Orillia’s Covid-19 Information page for local safety protocols and guidelines.

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