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    Orangeville is a pleasant town with a lot to offer in the Northwestern GTA. The town is located between Peel Region and cottage country in Huronia and the Bruce Peninsula.

    It is a great place for people who want the lifestyle that small towns afford without sacrificing access to the GTA.

    Orangeville is a historic gem, which is surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes. It is a well-developed, modern town that has all the essentials that people need.

    Frank Leo & Associates has more than 30 years of experience in dealing in GTA real estate. We have helped many people take their next step in their real estate journeys. Contact one of our representatives if you want to learn more about property in Orangeville.

    Aerial view of Orangeville Ontario, showing the cities small town charm for an Orangeville community profile
    Orangeville is a charming town provide a great community for big city dwellers looking for a break from the Skyscrapers of the GTA. (Image licensed under CC.)

    The History of Orangeville

    Europeans first settled in the area in the 1820s. Spring Brook, a tributary of the Credit River, provided water and power for mills.

    The population of the area increased and formed a community called Grigg’s Mill. In 1844, a man named Orange Lawrence moved to the area from Connecticut. He and his wife bought 300 acres of land in the southeast part of the town. Lawrence was a very industrious man who operated many businesses in the town.

    Orange Lawrence ran a mill, a general store, a tavern, and built a second mill. He also founded a school and became the postmaster of the town. Because of his outsized influence on the development of the area, people agreed that the town should be named after him. 

    Throughout the 1840s and 1850s, immigrants from Britain and elsewhere settled in the area.

    By the 1860s, the area’s population was large enough to require new transit infrastructure. There were 1,300 people living in the town in 1869.

    The citizens wanted rail service in their community. The Toronto, Grey, and Bruce Railway reached the town in 1870. The railway connected the residents of Orangeville to the rest of Ontario. Farmers and producers shipped out as much as 16 loads a day of grain, timber, lumber, and fence posts to the rest of Ontario.

    A bustling downtown developed on a road that locals named Broadway.

    The Turn of the Century in Orangeville

    At the turn of the century, Orangeville was an industrial centre. In 1910, there was a flour mill, a woollen mill, planing mills, and other industries in the town. Shipping goods on the railway was still very important for local businesses. There were 3 large elevators that helped to ship grain, produce, livestock, and woollen goods.

    The industry attracted families and professionals. They established high and public schools, a public library, a town hall, and a courthouse. There were also 3 banks and 2 weekly newspapers. The growth in population also necessitated public works infrastructures like waterworks and a fire department.

    The population of the town was around 3,750.

    Suburban Development in Orangeville

    Orangeville saw a boom in housing construction in the years between 1960 and 1980. In that time period, developers built more than 3,000 houses in the town. Almost 4,000 more were built between 1981 and 2000.

    The population of Orangeville swelled and now stands at more than 29,000. Orangeville became a bedroom community for people who commute for work into other parts of the GTA.

    In recent years developers expanded modern subdivisions around the historic heart of the town. The quiet cul-de-sacs of beautiful suburbs now wind into neighbouring East Garafraxa Township.

    While Orangeville’s downtown is still located in the Broadway area, the town has developed a number of malls and shopping centres along Highway 10.

    Orangeville founders home showing the city's heritage for an Orangeville community profile
    Orangeville founder Orange Lawrence’s home is maintained under the Ontario Heritage Register.


    Orangeville is a charming, family-friendly town. It has a small-town feel, surrounded by rural landscapes, which offers all the amenities that you need to live comfortably.

    Orangeville is a great place to live if you want the atmosphere of living in a small town without sacrificing access to the GTA.

    Residents can get to large GTA cities, like Brampton, in minutes. On top of this, they are only a short drive from enjoying beautiful conservation areas such as the Hockley Valley Provincial Park, the Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, the Caledon Lake Forest, and the Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area.

    The town has a small, but diverse, population. There are nearly 30,000 people who call Orangeville home.

    Real Estate in Orangeville

    Development in the town has not stopped. Builders constructed more than 2,000 homes in the town since the year 2000.

    If you are looking for large, private houses, then Orangeville is the place for you. The most common type of home in the town is the single-detached home with more than 3 bedrooms.

    The real estate market in Orangeville is ideal for expanding families. With many new, large houses the town is a great place to make your first step in your real estate journey.

    Reach out to us to learn more about buying or selling property in Orangeville. Frank Leo & Associates has been working in the GTA real estate market for more than 30 years. For up-to-date information check out our listings, or contact one of our representatives.


    Orangeville might be a small town, but that doesn’t mean that its residents’ shopping options are limited.

    Everything that you could need is available in the town. There are quite a few outdoor shopping centres that feature many big box stores.

    At the corner of First Street and Highway 10, there is a lot of outdoor shopping centres. Among them is the Orangeville Shopping Centre.

    Orangeville’s downtown area is home to many local shops, businesses, and restaurants. Orangeville’s downtown is centred on Broadway, which cuts through the centre of the town.


    Orangeville ensures that its residents have lots to do in their free time.

    If you like skating, hiking, swimming, among many other pass times, then you’ll be happy to find that Orangeville provides facilities and programs for you.

    Luther Marsh wildlife conservation area sign, showing off recreational amenities near Orangeville
    Luther Marsh Wildlife Conservation area provides a great nature retreat near Orangeville (Image licensed under CC, Zhang, J).


    There are many facilities, parks, and trails to enjoy in the town. Residents can enjoy fitness classes, skating lessons, and the town’s 30 parks. They can also walk, jog, or bicycle on over 20 kilometres of multi-surface trails.

    Some major parks in the town include Orangeville Conservation Area, Monora Park, Orangeville Lions Club Sports Park, and Rotary Park. In these parks, there are many amenities available. Amenities include skate parks, splash pads, sports fields, and trails in these parks.

    The excessive trail system in the town is a joy for hikers, joggers, bikers, and dog owners. It links up with trails in nearby conservation areas.


    The Town of Orangeville provides its residents with many indoor facilities. These facilities provide programs and access to amenities. Amenities that the centres offer include pools, ice rinks, and sports courts.

    The two community centres are the Alder Street Community Centre and the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre.


    There are 2 school boards that operate in the town. There are 11 elementary schools in the town. On top of this, there are 2 secondary schools.

    The Upper Grand District School Board manages the secular schools. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board administers Catholic schools in the town.

    There are school boards offering French-language schooling nearby in Peel Region.


    It isn’t difficult to get around Orangeville. Residents benefit from great transit infrastructure.

    You can drive your own car, or you can take public transportation.


    Orangeville has access to many roadways, which makes driving the most popular way of getting around town. Commuters enjoy the town’s direct road connections between Orangeville and larger communities.

    Hurontario Street (ON-10) is the most important roadway in the town. This street connects Orangeville to Brampton in the south. To the north, Hurontario Street provides a route to get to Collingwood, Owen Sound, and the Bruce Peninsula.

    Travelling east to west on the southern edge of the town, Dufferin Road 109 connects Orangeville with Guelph. The road branches off of Hurontario Street at Orangeville.

    Heading to the east, Highway 9 connects Orangeville with Highway 400 directly.


    The Town of Orangeville offers public transportation to its residents. This allows people who live in the town to get around the town without owning their own car.

    Orangeville Transit operates a system of bus routes in the town.

    Additionally, GO Transit services Orangeville. GO bus Route 37 connects Orangeville to Brampton.

    Have Questions About Real Estate in Orangeville?

    Frank Leo & Associates would be happy to offer you advice in navigating the GTA real estate market. Our representatives will work hard to ensure that you are pleased with your experience buying or selling property.

    You can reach us by phone at 416-917-5466. You can also get started by using our property listing search tool to browse GTA home listings.

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