A Brief History of Orillia

Overview

Local author Dennis Rizzo tells the fascinating and diverse history of Orillia, Ontario.

First populated by the Huron, Iroquois and Chippewa Nations, Orillia is now a well-loved, year-round recreation destination. Its history is deeply tied to its water. Situated in the narrows where Lake Simcoe flows into Lake Couchiching, Orillia was a gathering place for centuries before Europeans used it to bring furs to market. Sir John Simcoe, first governor of Upper Canada, fostered permanent settlement of the area. A gateway to the Muskoka region, it has been home to lumber, manufacturing, and artistic endeavours. Today, summer cottagers and winter athletes alike enjoy the Sunshine City and its more than twenty annual festivals. Local author Dennis Rizzo tells the fascinating and diverse history of Orillia, Ontario.

About the Authors

Dennis Rizzo

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Dennis Rizzo

Dennis C. Rizzo has written several local histories, as well as articles on the American Revolution and slave sanctuaries in New Jersey. He ended up in New Jersey for fifty-odd years until his wife rescued him and brought him north to Canada. Rizzo now lives in Orillia and has been involved in writing groups, mentoring and social issues.