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 Downtown Management Board (DMB) 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.

Lisa Thomson-Roop Head Shot

Lisa Thomson-Roop

Samantha Yandt
Event & Marketing Coordinator

Rick Elliott Head Shot

Rick Elliott
Maintenance Lead

Downtown Management Board

2021 Chair – Michael Knight – Town’s Jewellers

2021 Vice Chair – Michael Fredson – Manticore Books

2021 Treasurer – Al Wallace – Downtown Computers

Director – Jeff Gilbert – Gilbert Guitars

Director – Ron Spencer – Velocity Bike Werx

Director – Carmine De Santo – Dr. Comics, Orillia Italian Gelato & Market

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

Director – Ruth Howorth – The Champlain Waterfront Hotel, Fionn MacCools Orillia Waterfront

Councillor – Rob Kloostra – City of Orillia Counsellor Representative