The North Ward is recognized for its stately older homes, well established business area and four large churches with elegant steeples that can be seen throughout the city. It is known for its proximity to the picturesque Couchiching Beach Park, with 14.5 acres that include sandy beach areas as well as the town dock. Each summer, the Couchiching Park attracts a large amount of locals and visitors for many of its special events. The North Ward is home to many elementary and high schools, grocery stores and a historic downtown. Also, this ward has the extra added bonus of recreational trails that are used all through out the year for walking, jogging, biking, snowmobiling and more!
The South Ward has a great deal of amenities and homes that range from first time home buyers to large waterfront estates. It is bordered by the joining of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. The south ward is home to 3 elementary schools, 2 Montessori schools, as well as Brain Orser Arena. It also meets up with both recreational trails that span across the city of Orillia. One of the most popular places with in South Ward is Tudhope Beach Park. Located on Lake Couchiching, this 65 acre park is an active park for baseball, slo-pitch and has a fantastic water park and beach. But, what the park is most infamous for is our Mariposa Folk Fest! This music festival runs for a weekend in July and attracts over 25,000 people.
The West Ward is a ward that is continuing to grow. It has quick and easy access to both highway 11 and 12. It is home to many established neighbourhoods as well as areas that are the new up and coming and are still under construction. In 2006, Lakehead University opened its doors to the west ward which resulted in a new sports facility, outdoor fields and parks. The West Ward is also home to many big box stores such as, Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot and Costco.