To some, winter means the beginning of a hibernation period, when we bundle up and do our best to stay warm and cozy. For others, it's time to experience the outdoors and enjoy the bright and crisp scenery. Whatever your typical January looks like, this year may be different and perhaps it's time to consider new ways to spend your time. While it is best to stay home right now, there are ways to explore your community and support local businesses while keeping everyone safe.
Explore the natural playground at Island Lake Conservation Area
Even in the winter, the new 1.17 acre natural playground at Island Lake is a local destination ready to be discovered. The outdoor space includes unique features like climbing structures and an obstacle course. As you stroll around, you'll notice the Indigenous design elements that were developed in consultation with the Credit River Métis Council. Add on a hike through Island Lake's dynamic trails and you've got the perfect outdoor adventure. 

Eat local, support local

Many of Orangeville's restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and pubs continue to offer food for take out and delivery. This is the perfect time to eat well while supporting these local establishments. A directory of the businesses offering dine-at-home options has been curated to help you decide what's for breakfast, lunch or dinner today. Enjoy!
Theatre Orangeville Presents...Online

Theatre Orangeville continues to present virtual performances and give audiences the opportunity to enjoy the theatre experience from the comfort and safety of home. Upcoming performances include a variety of innovative programming and talented artists.

Exclusive links can be purchased now for each show and provide plenty of time to watch the show online.

Broadway Bound | January 15 to 28
This cabaret style musical features performances by talented members of Theatre Orangeville's Youth Alumnae, many of whom are currently pursuing professional careers in the performing arts. See them now, before they discover the bright lights of the “other” Broadway! 

Brave New Works | January 29 to February 11
This show captures the real essence of theatre, created and performed by members of Theatre Orangeville's Youth Alumnae. With no limits on content, the work created by these emerging young local theatre artists is bold, funny, raw, uncensored, and honest.

An Affair of the Heart | February 12 to 25
Share a fun-filled evening together enjoying music, laughter, and romance. It’s the perfect Valentine’s date! 

ScriptTease | February 26 to March 11
If you are wondering what new plays or musicals Theatre Orangeville is preparing for your enjoyment, this show is for you. This virtual performance will be the first of an ongoing series of readings of original works created through the Theatre's New Play Development process. Be among the very first to experience these new performances, all of which are destined for the Opera House stage. 

Find details for all virtual shows at
Local Food Pick Up offered by Orangeville Winter Market
January 23 and every second Saturday
9 to 10 a.m.
Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre

The Winter Farmers' Market has transitioned to a local food pick up model. Customers can order directly from participating vendors and then pick up between 9 and 10 a.m. in the parking lot at Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre.

To find full details including a list of participating vendors, visit
Town of Orangeville adopts new Tourism Strategy and Action Plan
In May 2020, the Town of Orangeville initiated the process of developing a five-year Tourism Strategy and Action Plan as a way to determine important next steps for the community’s short- and long-term economic development. The plan's creation follows the findings of the Town's Economic Development Strategy in 2018, which identified tourism as a sector of focus for future growth within the region.

Adopted by Town Council on January 11, the plan highlights specific assets throughout the Town that, together, create a compelling tourism narrative. It then defines how these can be most effectively utilized or enhanced. The strategy also identifies new and innovative approaches to attracting visitors, building upon established themes such as arts & culture, nature & the outdoors, and historic, small-town charm.

Four strategic priorities emerged:
  • Administration and Operations
  • Branding and Promotions
  • Tourism Assets and Experience Development
  • Infrastructure and Investments

A careful consideration of the impacts of COVID-19 is included in the plan with recognition that the first 12 to 24 months of implementation should be viewed as a rebounding period, as well as an opportunity to enhance the Town's tourism appeal.

Based on these priorities, an action plan with more than 70 key recommendations, timelines for completion and budgetary considerations is included, providing staff with a clear and realistic work plan for the upcoming five years.

Tourism-related businesses are invited to sign up here to receive quarterly updates on the plan along with resources to help support tourism in our community.
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