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These stories about the people and places that make us proud to call our community home are made possible through the continued support of Peggy Hill Remax Hallmark Realty as part of our Community Leaders Program.


'Country home' feeling makes fall fair a hit <b>(16 photos)</b>

'Country home' feeling makes fall fair a hit (16 photos)

'It’s a place for the community to come together, to mingle and socialize,' says organizer of Severn Bridge Fall Fair, a fall staple for almost 150 years
Group helps Indigenous women feel safe, learn of their culture

Group helps Indigenous women feel safe, learn of their culture

People who come to Orillia Native Women’s Group 'are often looking for who they are, looking for connections and looking for a sense of belonging'
Oldest Orillia company a monumental success <b>(10 photos)</b>

Oldest Orillia company a monumental success (10 photos)

Built on a foundation of family values and personal service, Sanderson Monument continues to thrive, with a sixth generation in the wings
Volunteers' passion fuels Coldwater museum <b>(12 photos)</b>

Volunteers' passion fuels Coldwater museum (12 photos)

'When people visit, they can imagine and experience life as it once was in rural Ontario,' says board member of group that keeps history alive in Coldwater
Sweet family tradition back on tap at farmers' market (6 photos)

Sweet family tradition back on tap at farmers' market (6 photos)

Second generation of McCutcheons will be selling maple syrup Saturday; 'I hope that city council makes the success of the downtown market a priority,' says vendor
Fern Resort is all about 'creating memories' <b>(5 photos)</b>

Fern Resort is all about 'creating memories' (5 photos)

'What we try to do is get people together. COVID has actually reinforced the importance of what we do here,' says fourth-generation owner of popular resort
Orillia trail signs provide an interesting history lesson <b>(16 photos)</b>

Orillia trail signs provide an interesting history lesson (16 photos)

The 9.5-km Millennium Trail is home to many plaques, monuments and signs that help share the story of Orillia - including some tales that may surprise you
There's something unique brewing at Mark IV Brothers <b>(4 photos)</b>

There's something unique brewing at Mark IV Brothers (4 photos)

'I wanted to make it a better neighbourhood. This street is beautiful,' says James Kim of Nottawasaga Street home of his popular café
Business leader keeps Orillia dapper, supports community

Business leader keeps Orillia dapper, supports community

'If you’re going to have a business in a small town like Orillia, you need to be out and about in the community,' says Steve Orr, well known for his support of causes, groups
Artist emerges from behind the scenes to make his mark <b>(6 photos)</b>

Artist emerges from behind the scenes to make his mark (6 photos)

Paul Baxter once made shows come alive for Elton John and Lady Gaga, but a move to Orillia inspired him to express himself in bold, ambitious ways