Important Dates Ahead

The City of Orillia’s relief programs resulting for the pandemic have some end dates to be aware of.

Free Parking in the downtown core has been extended to September 8. Until then you can park at meters on streets without charge for 30 minutes. Parking in municipal parking lots is at 2 hours for free. However, weekends beginning on Thursdays and including Labor Day parking in the lots at the bottom end of Mississaga Street near the waterfront are set aside for visitors who must pay a $50 parking charge.

For that matter on weekends residents need a parking permit, which you can get here, in order to park anywhere near the waterfront.

Those who had paid parking permits for the April or any month through to August can exchange them for the same number of permits valid post-August at City Hall by appointment at 705-325-3975.

Other Dates

Free transit is ending September 1. Regular fares will apply following that date. Transit pass holders who have passes for April, May and/or June can exchange them at City Hall by appointment at 705-325-3975.

Water and sewer late payment penalties are suspended until September 30. Water shut-offs for non-payment are suspended to September 30.


The Leacock Museum is open for small group tours. The Orillia Farmers’ Market is operating again Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Opera House has a play, Norm Foster’s On a Fist Name Basis, opening August 19 and running through to September 4. Tickets are available online.

The Orillia Youth Centre is open. There is a limit of 13 people who can be inside at any time.

Mississaga Street and the Arts District are closed Fridays from 4 to 11 p.m. and Mississaga Street is closed Saturdays from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in order to create a pedestrian mall.

(Photos by Swartz – SUNonline/Orillia)


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