Orillia is a city rich in arts, culture, and history. Boasting a bustling arts district in the heart of downtown Orillia, a variety of galleries and studio spaces, public art events, and museums, there’s always something new to explore.
Culture and history are two terms often used in combination with Orillia. First founded as a village in 1867 – the same year Canada was ‘born’ – the Sunshine City’s rich heritage can be witness throughout the city’s well-kept architectural builds, historical sites, and festivals and events such as the Scottish Festival and Mariposa Folk Festival.

Visit the Orillia Arts District in Downtown Orillia. Bustling with creatives year-round, step into art galleries and shops to view featured exhibitions by local and national artists. Meet gallery owners and artists and pick up a piece for yourself or a loved one. This walkable route is near cafes, restaurants and boutiques. View Map for details. 

Public art can be found around every corner throughout the Sunshine City. From the annual summer Streets Alive! festival, where downtown streets become home to larger-than-life sculptures and 3D art pieces, to art and murals throughout the city. Many parks feature sculptures crafted by nationally renowned artists Emmanuel Hahn and Elizabeth Wyn Wood, both of whom called Orillia home. At Tudhope Park, a sculpture commemorating Gordon Lightfoot’s achievements in folk music can be found along the trail, welcoming visitors especially to the Mariposa Folk Festival. See the City of Orillia’s Art in Public Places map.


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