Soak in the Unique Charm of Downtown Orillia

Downtown Orillia is a prime shopping, dining and entertainment mecca for both locals and visitors alike. Located only 90 minutes from the GTA, Orillia has always maintained its small-town charm that captivates everyone who visits.

Experience the history and style that Orillia has to offer by visiting the Orillia Opera House and the Orillia Museum of Art and History. With so many artists living in the Orillia area, the character of Orillia is evident as you stroll through the city. Pottery, sculpture, painting, award winning street art, and murals are just a taste of what you will find here.


Orillia is less than 90 minutes from the Greater Toronto Area. Even though growth and progress have been strong in recent years, the Sunshine City has worked hard to retain the small-town charm that has captivated generations. There are many opportunities to experience the history of the Orillia area such as at the Stephen Leacock Museum and the Orillia Museum of Art & History. The artists of the area are famous for pottery, sculpture and painting. The heritage of the area is also enriched by the traditions and art of the Indigenous Peoples. Plan to spend the day and visit Grants Woods and Scout Valley Trails (for nature lovers), Port of Orillia, historic Orillia Opera House, take a heritage walking tour and visit the beautiful art galleries of the Peter Street Arts District and throughout Downtown Orillia. A visit to the area is not complete without visiting Mariposa Market, the Trans Canada Trail, Casino Rama, and the Downtown Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning.

Orillia is also home to Ontario’s newest university. Lakehead University operates a growing presence in Orillia with two locations: one in the historic centre of the downtown and a main campus in West Orillia. Orillia is an enchanting place to visit, a great place to work, an ideal place to do business, and a wonderful place to live and raise a family.


Downtown businesses are supported by the Orillia BIA Board in a number of ways. With a mandate that includes making Downtown Orillia a primary hub for business in the region, it offers a wide range of services, support and innovative marketing programs to assist downtown business owners.

The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 23 Mississaga St W at 5:30pm.

To contact your board directly, please email

Deron Johnston

General Manager

Marketing & Event Specialist

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Rick Elliott
Maintenance Lead

Orillia BIA Board

2023 Chair – Michael Fredson – Manticore Books

2022 Vice Chair – Jeff Gilbert – Gilbert Guitars

2022 Treasurer – Doug Cooper – Provenance Wine Bar

Director – Megan Murray – Jack and Maddy – a Kids’ Store

Director – Jennie-May Banks – Couchiching Craft Brewing Co.

Director – Darcy MacDonell – The Common Stove, PICNIC Snack Bar

Director –  Jenna French – Rustica Pizza Vino

Director – Ruth Howorth – Champlain Waterfront Hotel

Councillor – David Campbell – City of Orillia Councillor Representative