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Orillia Real Estate Market Braces For Population Growth, Change In Demographics



Change is brewing in the city of Orillia in southern Ontario. The unusual combination of a suburb close to a big city, a sanctuary town, a cultural treasure, a retirement hub and an educational center is driving population growth and shaping an eclectic population that promises to make living in Orillia a multifaceted experience. Here’s a quick roll call of the people you’ll meet on the roads of Orillia.


Orillia is a magnet for families with different needs. Just a 90-minute drive from Toronto, it attracts families looking for jobs in the big city and who want big-city amenities but not the higher housing cost and the congestion. It also lures families who want to live in a charming sunny tree-dense community nestled between two lakes, where they can weave many happy memories of playing or picnicking by the water in a place they could fondly call home but that also offers them growing employment opportunities. Families that thrive where there are lots of culture and history are likewise drawn to Orillia, a quaint, picture-perfect city that to this day is very much like the endearing setting of humorist Stephen Leacock’s 1912 novel Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. And active families will have a field day with Orillia’s year-round outdoor and cultural activities, like the biggest celebration on Canada Day which is also its founding day, great plays at the Orillia Opera House, absorbing visits to Leacock Museum and the new public library, weekly Farmers’ Markets, relaxing boat cruises, and tons of other activities at the city's many parks, trails, sports facilities and downtown commercial establishments. style='font-size:large;'>Absolute size - large


A fast-growing demographic in Orillia is the youth, with the opening of Lakehead University’s campus in the city in 2006. It had 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students as of 2012 enrolled in courses ranging from Social Sciences & Humanities, Health and Behavioral Sciences, and Science & Environmental Studies, and Natural Resources Management, to Engineering, Education, Business Administration, Medicine, and Law. LU in Orillia houses cutting-edge facilities that include Canada’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum university campus, which showcases green architecture. This development makes Orillia real estate a promising investment, as students, faculty and staff would demand housing yearly, and a rich pool of educated youth would soon beef up the city’s workforce and attract more companies.


The median age in Orillia is 46 as against Ontario’s 40, and one in every 10 people in the city is 65 and older. This may be because there are nine retirement homes in Orillia and the city offers affordable housing, including condominiums for empty nesters, in an idyllic small-town natural setting with convenient access to amenities.

The pleasant blend of young and old people, old and new architecture, and natural attractions and modern amenities in Orillia makes it perfect for such a wide range of people that it has landed a place among the Top 10 Ontario Investment Towns for 2012-2016. From all angles, it seems Orillia real estate is in a very good place.

The picture-perfect city of Orillia on 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 Thursday, November 28, 2013 9:53 PM by Bill Jackson

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