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The Enduring Charm of Orillia Real Estate


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No matter how much you’ve achieved and how far you’ve gone, wouldn’t you want to plant your roots in a place that you could call home? That’s exactly the kind of place you’ll have with Orillia real estate. It’s the only home I’ve ever known! Well, I've lived in Orillia a good number of years, but I find it just as charming as ever. Here's why.


Picture-perfect little town by the lake

This city on the banks of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe (orillia is Spanish for “shore of a lake or river”), at the heart of Ontario's beautiful cottage country and just an-hour-and-a-half drive north of Toronto, is believed to be the small town of Mariposa in famed Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock’s 1912 book Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. In fact it’s affectionately called “Sunshine City” from the nickname of Mariposa in that novel. Orillia is doing its best to keep such charming image in the quaint architecture of its buildings and in its well-preserved 19th-century downtown structures such as Orillia Opera House, Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building, and Central Public School, all of which are part of the Walking Tour of Historic Orillia. But the history of this place actually goes back much farther than that. Although it was born a village in 1867, the same year as Canada, the trading, fishing and hunting camps and implements discovered in archaeological sites in the area, believed to have been used by native Americans, tell us it’s no less than 4,000 years old. Fish weirs constructed by the natives on the floor of The Narrows, a body of water linking the two lakes in the area, are now archaeological treasures even older than the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Later, when transport links with Toronto and Georgian Bay were put up, Orillia evolved into a commercial center and summer resort that became a town in 1875 and a city in 1969. And its history keeps shining – in 2006, it was chosen as the site of the second campus of Lakehead University, Ontario’s top university. The entire campus is Canada’s first-ever LEEDS-certified green university campus.


… where you’ll have great memories

My fondest memories of my childhood in Orillia are playing on the lakeshore and boating, fishing, and just staring at the water, which gave me so much peace. Orillia’s beautiful lakes still attract many tourists each year and are the sites of year-round fun activities like swimming, boating, skiing, walking and jogging, picnics, cycling, lakeside volleyball, ferry tours and live outdoor theaters, which make this one of Canada’s premier outdoor recreation areas. And those who can’t have enough of such fun choose to build their homes on premium waterfront lots in this city. Imagine living in one of those homes and just sitting by the lake with your eyes closed, breathing in the fresh smell of clean water and listening to the birds chirp while letting the profound silence engulf you, and being brought back from the here and now to centuries and centuries of people fishing for food here and boarding their boats to trade their wares, amidst the laughter of children playing. Truly timeless – and that’s why I love Orillia real estate and why there’s no other place I’d rather call home.

The picture-perfect city of Orillia and the shores of Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching is a wonderful place to live or invest in. With me as your guide, you’ll have a lifelong resident and well-educated agent who will focus on you 100%. Contact me at 705-238-6001 or at and I’ll give you a tour of cottage country.


About Bill Jackson

has been a realtor for nearly a decade in the charming city of Orillia in Ontario, where he was born and still resides. Of his two post-secondary degrees and two post-graduate certificates, his degree in Natural Science makes him a valuable resource for home buyers and investors interested in waterfront, farm and rural properties, which abound in Orillia. A real gentleman with a strong work ethic, his full focus is working full-time with clients; and he’s happiest when he has helped them find the best solution to their real estate needs and at the best price.

Published Monday, October 28, 2013 1:40 AM by Bill Jackson

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Mary Keevil said:

Hi Bill!  Having recently moved into the beautiful lakefront home you sold me, I can only say that I am having so much fun discovering Orillia and love waking up every morning to beautiful sunrises over the lake.  It has the best of cottage living and urban conveniences.  Love it here!

October 30, 2013 10:58 PM

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