Orangeville Travel Guide

  • 3 friends out on the lake
    3 friends out on the lake
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  • A group of motorcyclists
    A group of motorcyclists
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  • A canoe approaches Osprey's lofty nest
    A canoe approaches Osprey's lofty nest
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Orangeville Highlights

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     Close to Toronto and Mississauga, less densely populated, great fall colours close to GTA 

  • Con
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     Off Highway 401, 403, 400 and QEW corridors 

  • In a nutshell
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     A region of architectural resources and a great all season conservation area 

Orangeville Things to Do

  • Hiking for exploring the area around the...

    We were watching the lakeside scenery from canoes, but hiking on the lakeside trail opened a whole new world of nature to us. The Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail is appropriate for all trail users. It starts close to the store and docking area. We found its wide base made up of packed gravel screenings that made it suitable for bicycles, wheelchairs...

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  • Angling for the healthy fish

    The toddler had dropped the line with the help of his supervising father and when a fish got hooked, he was jumping with joy. However, when he saw the fish on the hook, his face turned expressionless. He was perhaps not expecting a living being caught by its lip after all.Fishing boats, gear and baits were available from the store close by. We...

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  • training on canoeing and kayaking

    My husband should have enjoyed training the girls on canoeing, but seemed a bit frustrated. His English was not spontaneous enough to give out instructions to the kids on the front side when the canoe began to drift towards the marshes or the bushes with millions of creepy crawlies. The kids only understood English, where as my husband is prone to...

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  • Orangeville: Art Walk of Tree Sculptures

    The walk on Broadway in Orangeville turned out to be fun and a sheer surprise. It is here where dying maple trees are reincarnated as another being. Lifeless trunks have been carved into eagles, Indians, dancers, fiddlers, bears, historic figures and tree spirits by seventeen renowned carvers, including Colin Partridge, Jim Menken, Walter...

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  • Observing nature at Island Lake

    Canoeing and kayaking allowed us to explore the shoreline of the lake and observe lots of waterfowl, including Mallard ducks, beavers, an Osprey preying on fish with its lofty nest nearby (picture # 1). On shore, reportedly, deer, red fox, raccoon, porcupines and even flying squirrels make their homes. We saw painted turtles and leopard frogs. We...

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  • Hike on trails through scenic...

    Hockley Valley is part of the Niagara Escarpment which was created by a long process of erosion. The escarpment starts from Lake Erie, giving rise to Niagara Falls, then curves around Lake Ontario and reaches northward into Halton Region (covered under Burlington page), passing through the western and northern edges of Peel Region (covered under...

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Orangeville Restaurants

  • A Lesson in Great Food in a School house

    In the valley known as Violet Hill, exists 2 popular places - Granny Taught Me How, a shop of all sorts of wonderful items from handmade sweaters, to household gift items, to cards... to specialty food products, and Mrs Mitchells, a lovely restaurant in an old school house serving lunches and dinner. The decor is always done very seasonal, and the...

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  • An Old Canadian Inn with Good Canadian...

    The Globe offers in an 1859 inn, a very sophisticated menu of fresh and healthy ingredients. Whether you eat upstairs or down, you can enjoy the atmosphere. They are closed on Tuesdays, but Wed-Mon they are open for lunch, tea and dinner. Reservations are recommended on the weekends. They make their own breads and tea biscuits, and they arrive at...

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Orangeville Transportation

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    by nighthawk Updated Nov 26, 2002

    Orangeville is located in south-central Ontario, the heart of Canada's engine of economic growth. Downtown Toronto lies only 80 kilometres south-east of Orangeville and over six million people live within a 300 kilometre (186 mile) radius of the Town.

    Orangeville lies at the intersection of provincial highways 9, 10, 24, and the former 136, and is a forty minute drive from the major highways 400, 401, 403, 407, 410, and 427. This highway system gives immediate access to major markets, such as Toronto, Detroit, and Buffalo. In less than one hour, you or your product can be at Pearson International Airport.

    Orangeville is serviced by the Orangeville-Brampton Railway which originates in Mississauga and provides full rail services to our industrial park.

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Orangeville Local Customs

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    Hereford class for Cow and Calf

    by CdnJane Written Sep 1, 2003

    The end of the summer signals fall fairs... a chance for communities to have a showing of their local produce, and see the best of the summer's growing. A chance for artistic endeavours to be shown off... for children to show their best art work. A time for livestock breeders to compare their best with others in the region.
    The Orangeville Fair ended on Monday Sept 1st (Labour Day)... I went to see my cousin and her husband show their Polled Hereford Cattle. Please see more pictures in my travelogue.

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Orangeville Warnings and Dangers

  • Respect the motorcyclists

    Caledon hills in the northern Peel Region (my home county) and then the Dufferin County to the immediate north are a Mecca for motorcyclists, who like driving through many of their picturesque country roads. It is not uncommon to see 4 to 6 motorcyclists driving together in their characteristic Canadian straddle formation. On weekends, many...

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  • Beware of the vast toilets near the...

    That serve not the humans, but geese. This applies to all areas of North America where Geese are proliferating. About 300,000 geese call southern Ontario home. Their droppings can be found everywhere on the grass near the lakes and Island Lake Conservation Area was no exception. In fact, there were more geese and therefore, more droppings on the...

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Orangeville What to Pack

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    Shades are a must on reflecting water

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written May 25, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: Bagpacks

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing will depend upon season, but light water-resistant clothes in summer will come in handy. A rain coat may also come in handy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You may need painkillers after a hectic day of hiking and enjoying other activities in the park. Also, I recommend carrying hand sanitizer, insect repellent, sun screens, and wet wipes.

    Photo Equipment: I highly recommend a water resistant camera. Keep an eye on the lens. You got to have lens cleaning equipment with you.

    Miscellaneous: Carry loads of water bottles, sun shades and caps to protect against wind and dust.

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    • Kayaking
    • National/State Park

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Orangeville Sports & Outdoors

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    Secure in a tandem glider

    by airkarat Updated May 1, 2005

    Experience hang gliding at High Perspective hang gliding school in Shelburne, Ontario about 30 minute drive north of Orangeville.

    From a flat field, the tandem glider is towed by winch to a height of approximately 2,000 feet. All I had to do was enjoy the ride, while my tandem instructor managed the tow rope and steered the glider to a gentle landing.

    No running is involved as the glider has wheels. You can see a video of my flight at http://www.forkdelivery.ca/fly/flyhigh.htm (1.4mb)

    Equipment: People of all abiilties can be accomodated in the hang glider. Guests are driven through the field to the glider launch area.

    At certain times of the year there are grasshoppers (insects) in the grasses, so a closed shoe is a good idea. But you can go barefoot on the flight if you so desire ;)

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