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A local arts experience

Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 09:12 AM

Dragonfly Arts on Broadway was established in 2002 by two local artists who had a vision of promoting Orangeville’s art community. Twenty years later, the popular shop is known for its stunning selection of artwork, its friendly customer service, and its ability to create an exceptional experience for every visitor.

Dragonfly Arts on Broadway features the works of over 200 Canadian artists, many of them local. The careful curation of this collection is managed by business owner and founder, Joan...

Shopper admiring holiday ornaments at Pear Home in Orangeville

Holiday shopping at its best

Posted on Friday, November 04, 2022 12:57 PM

As the countdown to the holidays gets shorter, our shopping lists seem to get longer. Luckily, the search for the perfect gift is made easier with a multitude of merry options available right here in Orangeville.  

GoYoga Annual Holiday Market - Saturday, November 12

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at GoYoga’s Annual Holiday Market. Visit the studio on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to find one-of-a-kind gifts from a variety of artisans, service providers, and makers. 

The...

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Four cozy corners to discover in November

Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2022 08:50 AM

November is here and so starts our search for the perfect spot to get comfortable, warm up, and settle in. To lead the way, we’ve found four of Orangeville’s coziest corners. We welcome you to and experience each one in your own way.

1. GoYoga

The bright and airy space at this downtown yoga studio is filled with stunning features and perfectly placed décor. Arched doorways and warm spaces welcome yogis all of levels to practice. The charming retail boutique offers comfortable clothing and accessories...

Theatre Orangeville's set for They're Found in Trees

The stage is set

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2022 08:15 AM

As you settle into the plush, red seats in Orangeville’s historic Opera House, your gaze will naturally be drawn to the stage. For the team at Theatre Orangeville, this is often when the performance begins. The carefully designed set is much more than a functional performance space for the cast. It sets the mood for the show, establishes the place, and helps to build the audience’s anticipation for the performance.

The creative mind behind many of Theatre Orangeville’s sets is Beckie Morris. For...

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On the search for sculptures

Posted on Tuesday, August 02, 2022 03:08 PM

Of all the pieces featured in Orangeville’s public art collection, our tree sculptures may be the most popular. There are over 40 carvings installed throughout town, each one an impressive display of intricate details and creativity. Crafted by 17 different artists, many sculptures tell stories about our community’s history, people, and places. Although you’re likely to encounter a sculpture by chance as you explore Orangeville, you may prefer to add some structure to your search. Here are three...

A tree trunk carved with different animals into it - wolf faces, wooden birds are perched on top and a human face into a giant leaf. The titled of the tree sculpture is Nature's Unity.

Experience Orangeville in a whole new way

Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2021 11:25 AM

The Town of Orangeville has partnered with Driftscape to introduce a whole new way to experience the community. Launched on June 28, the partnership offers a unique and safe opportunity for visitors and locals of Orangeville to explore the Town’s sights and activities.

Driftscape is a mobile app that serves as a modern-day method to highlight Orangeville’s diverse set of activities, sites and stories. The app showcases the public art, historic landmarks, and recreational activities that can be found...

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A spirited past

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2022 01:11 PM

The history of a place is made of its people and the stories that they share. This time of year, those stories may venture a little further from the facts and entertain us with eerie interpretations. We asked the team at the Museum of Dufferin (MoD) to help us dig a little deeper into Orangeville’s past to see what might be lurking in the corners of our community. We learned that with just a short walk along Broadway, you’ll find four historic locations with some spirited stories to share.

Town Hall...

Plate of grilled calamari and refreshing summer drink

Top tastes

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2022 04:19 PM

In August, our friends at Explore Ontario visited Orangeville to discover our exceptional selection of food and drink offerings. While they were here, they compiled a foodie-friendly itinerary to showcase some of our must-eat spots. We invite you to follow along and treat yourself to some delectable local fare.  

Start your morning off with a latte and Nutella donut from Greystones Café. With a gorgeous interior and hidden patio, it’s a dreamy spot to begin your adventure....

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Listen live this summer

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2022 05:20 PM

Doesn't live music seem to sound even better when enjoyed during the sultry days of summer? Orangeville’s impressive roster of local talent and upcoming events makes it easy to take in a live performance. Here are our favourite spots to listen live in Orangeville.

At the pub

There are plenty of pub options in town and many amplify their offerings with live music. Check out these venues for the perfect mix of good music and good food:

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Seize the day trip

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 04:06 PM

Now is the time to add a day trip to Orangeville to your summer to-do list. Our central location and scenic surroundings make for a pleasant journey and once you’ve arrived, get ready to explore. Our charming community shines throughout the day, with sights, sounds, and tastes always ready to impress. Start planning a memorable visit with these ideas for your day-long adventure.  

A morning feast 

Fill your morning with food! Orangeville’s long list of culinary offerings should...

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A creative connection

Posted on Monday, May 02, 2022 01:40 PM

When artist Christina Clare moved to Orangeville from Toronto, she was thrilled to discover the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival. “I love music festivals, so I was delighted to find this world-class event right here in my new small town.” Attending the festival every year has become an anticipated tradition for Christina. “The Blues Cruise on Friday night is always a family-favourite,” she says. The event kicks off the festival in style, attracting residents and visitors who stroll along Broadway...

Stone wall sculpture

Four ways to explore the outdoors

Posted on Monday, April 04, 2022 03:29 PM

Who’s ready to get outside? For many of us, the arrival of Spring creates a renewed enthusiasm for the outdoors. Fresh air, budding blooms, and green grass are reminders of the myriad of activities and sights that can be enjoyed when that anticipated warmer weather arrives. Here are four outdoor locations in Orangeville that deserve a spot on your to-do list this Spring.

Beyond the boardwalks

Outdoor enthusiasts love Island Lake Conservation Area for its dynamic views along expansive boardwalks. ...

Woman's face in a tree sculpture

More than just a pretty face

Posted on Friday, March 04, 2022 04:29 PM

Orangeville’s exhibit of outdoor public art is much more than a collection of pretty faces. Displayed along our boulevards and intersections, you’ll find intriguing expressions and intricate details in our tree sculptures, utility boxes, murals, and statues. If you look a little further, you’ll also find stories. Many of the installations reveal tales of history, celebration, and recognition. Take a closer look at these six pieces to find something more.  

Second time’s a charm

The Victorian...

Outdoor skater on lake ice

Embrace Winter

Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2022 04:54 PM

Now is the time to embrace winter! If you need some inspiration to get outside this time of year, take a look at these local options.

Outdoor Ice Skating

There are six outdoor rinks in the Town of Orangeville, ready for some good old fashioned winter fun. Find the location of the rinks and confirm ice conditions before heading out.

You can also get on the ice at Island Lake Conservation Area. Some rinks are available for reservation while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis....

A display case full of pastries and mini cheesecakes decorated with fruit. A hand holding tongs is selecting a tart out of the case.

A new way to #LoveOrangeville

Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2022 09:00 AM

The Town of Orangeville has created a fresh way to engage with visitors and residents and we are excited to share it with you.  

When we set out to develop a new tourism brand for the town, we asked people just like you – those who live here, work here, and visit our community - to share what you love most about Orangeville. The answer was clear – it’s not a single...

Exterior image of the Dufferin County Courthouse. Photo was taken on a sunny summer day.

The lure of local landmarks

Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 06:56 PM

Many of Orangeville’s most prominent landmarks are easily found, recognized, and admired. Town Hall acts as a showpiece in the center of Orangeville, adorned by its distinguished cupola. The medians along Broadway add both natural and historical elements to the expansive main street. The Mantis Queen sculpture invites drivers to stop in for a visit and the statue of Orange Lawrence greets downtown visitors. While these recognizable elements certainly add to Orangeville’s character, there are many...

A young boy sitting in the dark with his legs out in front of him. He has a Santa Claus figure in his lap and holding his cheeks with his hands in disbelief at the lit up figurine.

Holiday spirits are bright in Orangeville

Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2021 03:29 PM

As the temperatures drop and the first snowfall settles, a sense of anticipation for the holiday season awakens. Capturing that festive spirit is easy to do in Orangeville, especially this year as we welcome back some of our favourite local traditions. Combine these with new experiences and activities to make the most of this spirited season.

Throughout November and December, check back here for updates and details about all of the festive fun happening right here in Orangeville. We don’t want you...

Statue of a soldier kneeling down in front of a boy and a girl. The girl is holding a butterfly in her hand.

A dedication to bravery

Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2021 02:26 PM

A Canada flag proudly marks the location of Orangeville’s new Bravery Park. Officially opened in September, it is a meaningful place where the realities of war, bravery, freedom, and healing are embedded in the park’s many features. The open space invites visitors to explore each element while offering opportunities for reflection and appreciation.

The story behind the space

The creation of Bravery Park was inspired by the life and service of Cpl. Matthew McCully, a member...

A giftbox wrapped in white paper with silver stars and a red box is being passed from one set of hands to another. On the wooden table under the gift there is a collection of festive items including pinecones, candles, bells, ribbon, and greenery.

Think local for your holiday gift list

Posted on Monday, November 01, 2021 01:01 PM

‘Tis the season to shop local, but why not take your gift giving to the next level by choosing items that are also created right here in Orangeville? Our local artists and entrepreneurs would be delighted to make a mark on your gift list this year and there is no shortage of great ideas. These unique choices make thoughtful presents, but also come with a story, about the people and places that made them, and offer an added layer of sentiment that you truly can’t find anywhere else. So, make your...

Blue sky with silver metal statute of a praying mantis, titled the Mantis Queen

A tour of Orangeville's Top Ten Public Art Pieces

Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2021 09:24 AM

Orangeville has an impressive collection of public art with over 70 pieces on display at locations throughout the town. Taking on the task of finding each piece is certainly a worthy endeavour, but we wouldn’t want you to miss out on some of our favourites if your time runs short. To help narrow your search, we’ve created a tour of the top ten public art pieces in Orangeville. All of the artwork was selected by art-loving community members who believe that...