The great outdoors are closer than you think. Orangeville’s location features scenic landscapes and urban amenities that combine to make it an ideal spot for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re a visitor looking for a day trip destination or a local resident planning a staycation, here are five ways to get outside in Orangeville this summer:
Hit the trails and tours
Over 20 kilometres of multi-use trails wind and weave through Orangeville and connect to an additional 12-kilometre trail system at Island Lake Conversation Area. Whether you’re out for a leisurely walk or a hardcore hike, you’ll be treated to views of parks and playgrounds, wildlife and water. Add some cultural flair to your journey by following one of Orangeville’s self-guided walking tours. The Art Walk of Tree Sculptures features over 50 trees that have been transformed into unique pieces of art. Footsteps from Our Past takes a different route and introduces you to Orangeville’s impressive collection of historical buildings and architectural styles. If you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in a culinary walking tour led by Savour the Flavours. With this option, you’ll stroll around downtown Orangeville while tasting samples from local eateries and food shops. However you choose to wander, you’ll enjoy both the journey and the destination.
Patios popping up along Broadway signal the start of summer in Orangeville and dining outdoors is a scrumptious way to enjoy the season. Picnics are also an easy option with over 35 parks in Orangeville, each offering a pleasant setting for a blanket. Load your basket with local produce, meat and goodies from the Orangeville Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings or visit one of many downtown food shops for charcuterie, sandwiches, and treats. Make it an event by attending a local food festival. Rotary Ribfest serves up ribs and entertainment in July and the Great Taste Fashion Gala and the Taste of Orangeville are on the menu in August, both offering tastes and treats under the Mill Street tent.
Loosen up by the lake
The waterfront amphitheatre at Island Lake offers a stunning setting for the ultimate yoga experience. Surrounded by water, trees and the natural beauty of Orangeville, participants can enjoy yoga and meditation classes offered five times per week by GoYoga, a local studio. “Practicing yoga outdoors allows you to connect with nature and embrace its elements,” says Shelley Wishart, yoga instructor and owner of GoYoga. Classes are suitable for all levels and run rain or shine. Registration is recommended and fees apply.
Just add water
Island Lake’s 400-acre reservoir offers ample opportunity to enjoy the water. Boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing are all options to help you explore the lake. Weave around the islands and paddle by the boardwalks while keeping an eye open for local wildlife. Fishing is a popular activity and for the competitive set, the Island Lake Bass Fishing Derby in July provides an opportunity to show off your skills.
Come along for the ride
Spin your wheels around one of Orangeville’s bike routes. Two local independent cycle shops – Cycling Elements and The Epic Ride – offer gear and service to get you rolling. Cyclists looking for off-road adventures can also use Orangeville as a convenient base for mountain biking. Albion Hills Conservation Area, Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, and Palgrave Forest and Wildlife Area are all less than 30 minutes from Orangeville and are favourite spots for local riders. Opportunities for open air adventures don’t stop here. Activities like golfing, horseback riding, and birdwatching are conveniently nearby and outdoor movie nights and theatre performances add even more variety.