"Orangeville & Dufferin County off the beaten path" Orangeville by Faiza-Ifrah
Orangeville Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 51 photos
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.
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: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
We took this 2 hour self-guided heritage walking tour after downloading a copy of the walking tour brochure. We hiked... more travel advice
Caledon hills in the northern Peel Region (my home county) and then the Dufferin County to the immediate north are a... more travel advice
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