All About Orillia

Orillia is a city in Simcoe County, located north of Barrie, between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching. (part of the Trent Severn Waterway). The land stretches 28.6 square kilometres, with the last recorded population, in 2016, being 30, 546 people.

Though Orillia became a village in 1867 with approximately 1200 people, there is evidence of Iroquois and Huron peoples on the land more than 3000 years earlier. Now governed by the Orillia City Council, the city has four wards, and is overseen by eight councillors and the head of the council, Mayor Steve Clarke.

Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke
Elected October 27, 2014 – Present

Orillia is known as the Sunshine City because of the waterfront boardwalk, beaches and playgrounds, and all of the festivals and events held annually. People of all ages can find something fun to attend throughout the year, including the Mariposa Folk Festival, the Perch Fishing Festival, the Beatles Festival, the Leacock Festival, and much more.

Orillia has its own 230-bed hospital, the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital which opened in 1908 and can be found at 170 Colborne Street West.

In terms of education, families have access to English, Catholic and French schooling at a variety of schools across the city. There also consists of one private school, called the Orillia Christian School. High school students following a French Catholic education must attend secondary school in Barrie. Orillia is also home two post-secondary institutions- Lakehead University (consisting of two campuses), and Georgian College’s Orillia campus.

Popular attractions in Orillia include the Leacock Museum, the Orillia Opera House, Couchiching Golf & Country Club, the Samuel Champlain Monument,
There is so much to do outdoors in Oillia, from boatiung, fishing, swimming, skiing, hiking trails, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and more.

The city has a number of recreational facilities including the Brian Orser Arena (named after the popular ice skater), the West Orillia Sports Complex, and the Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, as well as a future facility in the works.

In regards to conveniences, Orillia is full of everything one needs, whether its gas, groceries, fast food, home renostores, libraries, and little shops and boutiques found scattered throughout the city and in the downtown streets.

Restaurants abound in Orillia, with everything from independent eateries like Era 67 and Brewery Bay Food Company, both located on Mississaga Street, or KenzingtonBurger Bar, Theos Eatery, Grape & Olive, and so much more.