Orangeville Area Guide
Orangeville might be growing quickly, but it’s managed to hold on to its small town charm and character. Nestled in the countryside but easily commutable to many urban areas, Orangeville is a great place to call home, raise a family, and enjoy the great outdoors year round.
The central hub of the town is Broadway, the beautifully preserved downtown core where everything happens, from the annual Blues and Jazz Festival to the weekly Farmers’ Market. There are lots of unique shops, bakeries, restaurants and pubs in the original red brick buildings that line Broadway, dating back to the 1800s. You can take in a play at Theatre Orangeville, or check out the local live music scene. And there’s a long list of events that take place throughout the year, like Taste of Orangeville, Boo on Broadway, and Christmas in the Park.
Locals and day-trippers alike come to hike, bike or kayak at the idyllic Island Lake Conservation Area, known for its long wooden boardwalk along the water. You can also access the Bruce Trail nearby. Golfers are especially spoilt for choice, with more than a dozen courses within a 20 minute drive. In the winter you can cross country ski the trails at Monora Park, snowboard at Hockley Valley, or simply take your kids tubing, sledding or skating in your neighbourhood.
Orangeville might only have 30,000 people, but it has all the amenities you’d find in a big town. There are two large rec centres for sports and fitness, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, two libraries, plenty of parks and open spaces to play soccer or tennis, and a wide choice of gyms and studios offering everything from yoga to pottery to martial arts.
Orangeville is also home to the Headwaters Hospital, and has plenty of doctor’s clinics, dentists, and other health care providers. Families can send their kids to the local public schools in their neighbourhoods, or opt for one of the private schools in town.
There are many new developments being built and more to come, with a mix of highrises, low rises, townhouses and detached homes. Orangeville’s friendly community vibe and new developments mean this is a town well positioned for future growth.
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