"Orangeville & Dufferin County off the beaten path" Orangeville by Faiza-Ifrah

Orangeville Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 51 photos

Home of Art Walk of Tree Sculptures

Dufferin county is located immediately to the north of Peel Region (where my hometown is located) and at the fringe of Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It covers an area of 1,456 square km. Its population is 54,436 (2006).

Dufferin County is the highest plateau immediately west of Georgian Bay, and as such forms the watershed between the four lakes: Huron, Erie, Ontario and Simcoe. The county is about 518 metres above sea level and about 427 metres above the level of Mississauga and downtown Toronto. The highest peaks, however, are considerably lower than those of the Blue Mountains to the north or the Caledon Mountains of Peel Region on the south. Four rivers, namely Saugeen, Grand (main feature of Wellington and Waterloo counties), Credit (Peel Region) and Nottawasaga (main feature of Dufferin), have their headwaters in Dufferin and drain through the county.

The Town of Orangeville is the county seat, is the biggest town, and is situated on the southern border of the county. Although we have few tips on attractions here, we have visited the region a number of times. For one, a walk through different streets shows how dying maples have been given another life by the city (see picture).

The County of Dufferin, is located on the periphery of the Greater Toronto Area, about 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto (about 50 kms north of Mississauga, my hometown. It consists of three town municipalities and five township municipalities.

Extensive canoeing, kayaking,fishing, and hiking

The Island Lake Conservation Area is one of the few areas in the Greater Toronto Area that offers canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing extensively on a large expanse.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Close to Toronto and Mississauga, less densely populated, great fall colours close to GTA
  • Cons:Off Highway 401, 403, 400 and QEW corridors
  • In a nutshell:A region of architectural resources and a great all season conservation area
  • Last visit to Orangeville: May 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Our only such tree carving is the Salmon Street Salmon: "Fish Sculpture at SE 58th & Salmon Street" - East Portland Off The Beaten Path Tip by glabah Are people allowed to hunt and eat the geese? That would partly solve the problem.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Interesting to see tree carvings. Nice page write up and thanks for sharing. Cheers, SL :)

  • Jun 2, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Faiza, it was great hearing from you. I hope all is well with you and your family. Orangeville seems like a fairly quiet town; it seems right up my alley.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Good page Faiza, I really need to do more exploring North of the border

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Hi Faiza...you know...I dont really know your part of Ontario well at all..so your pages certainly are informative..Orangeville looks like a breath of fresh air..and so close to GTA that's a good thing!Why are the Maples dying I wonder?

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2010 at 4:22 AM

    Excellent pages. I, too, enjoyed seeing and learning about the tree sculptures. Great hiking here. Beautiful nature shots.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Somebody had a good idea with the Tree sculptures. I imagine it will turn into a real money spinner for the Town. Love the Lake, we would like it here. Really nice page, Faiza!

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    What a beautiful place for days' picnic! I liked my favourite past time Fishing. If I were there I shall rent a boat and spend the day. Suhail Bhai looks as ever handsome!

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