The explorers, Indians, pioneers, lumber barons and artists who left their mark in Orillia are celebrated in the names of it's streets, buildings, memorial sculptures and plaques.
Orillia’s history begins at the narrows where travelers rested, and the sick would be tended at the red cross hospital.
The Huron Indians gathered here to make treaties, engage in trade and have feasts and it is where their ancient weir system of corralling fish can still be seen today on the east side of the narrows.
These weirs are the only wooden ones known to exist today.
By the mid 1800's the lumber business spawned furniture factories and shipbuilding and Orillia’s most prolific establishments 29 saloons and bars.
In 1878 because Orillia had gained such a brawling , roudy reputation it was voted dry until the 1960's.
In the early 1900's the Tudhope Carriage Company" factory was the largest in Canada.
Orillia is now a year- round resort city and was the model for Mariposa in Stephen Leacock's "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town" (1911).Leacock built his home here in 1928 and it is now a museum displaying several of his manuscripts.