Cottage Life Meets City Life in Orillia
Finding a balance between cottage and city life can be hard. Where do you find a city that is quiet like cottage country but still has enough modern amenities and architecture like any city? Enter Orillia where cottage meets city and you’ll find the perfect home.
Orillia is a city with a population of approximately 40,000. That’s small potatoes compared to the Greater Toronto Area’s whopping 6.4 million people. Besides less people than your average metropolis, Orillia has a picturesque waterfront with a sandy beach and boating. There’s also green spaces and parks for strolling, running and walking (you may not need that Goodlife membership again!). As for peace and quiet; it’s at your fingertips. You can sit on your balcony with your beverage of choice, reading and breathing in that pure Orillia air until the cows come home. And no, you will not see cows roaming the streets. Orillia may be at the intersection of city life and cottage country but it is not farmland.
City life in Orillia: Everything you need in one place
Orillia is home to all the big-city amenities you might be used to – like an Opera House, public Library, recreation facility, churches, and regular concert and theatre performances means there is always a new show to catch. There are also outdoor markets for all your fresh produce needs and of course, Shoppers Drug Mart because those prescriptions aren’t going to fill themselves.
Year-round you can immerse yourself in the world of arts, culture and a slice of Ontario with the many museums in the city. The Orillia Museum of Art and History is one of the city’s main attractions where you can get lost in the paintings and exhibits for hours, marvelling at the awe-inspiring work. There’s also the OPP Museum where you can learn the history of the Ontario Provincial Police, as well as the Leacock Museum where the works of Canada’s most respected humourist are on display. There are spas and wellness centres where you can unwind.
Orillia is home to fine dining and boutique shopping, the only difference is you’ll get to go home to your quiet loft after – yes, loft spaces are available ensuring you don’t lose that big city feel – after a four-course dinner you can take a relaxing stroll home to your happy place.
Cottage life in Orillia: Get Outside
Located in the heart of Ontario’s lake country, this city is anything but land-locked. The waterfront is the city’s gem and truly captures the natural beauty that Orillia has in abundance. The Couchiching Beach waterscape is where you can sun yourself before and after taking a dip in the cool, refreshing waters of the world-renowned Trent-Severn Waterway. Likewise, Orillia’s waterfront includes more than 21 acres of park space and boat launches perfect for those summer days when the mercury rises.
When you’re not busy sunning yourself on the spectacular beach, hit the links at one of Orillia’s stunning golf courses. The Couchiching Golf and Country Club located in the downtown core or the Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club allow you to perfect your swing surrounded by the riches mother nature has to offer.
For those days when the weather dips below zero, why not get outside? The city boasts the Orillia Winter Carnival each February which includes snowmobile races, snow sculpting, ice fishing, sleigh rides and the Shivers Ice Castle. This winter fest also features an adult dance event so you can try out your moves.
On the outskirts of the city you’ll find Hardwood Hills. Rent snowshoes and go for a trek on one of the many trails. There’s also mountain biking, and special trails just for snowmobiling maintained by the Orillia District Snowmobile Club. Say hi to the local wildlife because you’ll probably encounter some majestic birds and regal deer as you navigate the well-groomed trails. You also can’t forget the opportunities for skiing with both Mount St. Louis Moonstone and Horseshoe Ski Resort less than a thirty-minute drive away.
Orillia offers the best of both worlds allowing you to embark on that cottage life full-time with the modern amenities found only in a city. Orillia is the place for you. You just might not know it yet.