Nestled in the rolling countryside less than an hour from Toronto and only moments away from the unspoiled, natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, Orangeville is infused with small-town charm and “big city” amenities. Orangeville is a quaint suburban town renowned for it’s safe and family-oriented lifestyle as well as its rich cultural and artistic community. From downtown shopping to canoeing on the lake, from sculpture gardens to stage theatre...visitors must.

Notable features:

• In 1863, Orangeville was named after Orange Lawrence, a businessman born in Connecticut in 1796 who owned several mills in the village

• This is a preferred bedroom community for families who work in the Greater Toronto area as it offers a safe and surban family lifestyle

• Town serves as an administrative and commercial hub for regional county

• Orangeville’s downtown core is home to several retail stores, including larger stores in the Fairgrounds Shopping Centre

• Economy is largely manufacturing, with retail and banking

• Orangeville Theater holds a high reputation for theatrical excellence

LocationSouth-central Ontario
Distance from gateway airport80-100 km west of Toronto in south-central Ontario
Gateway AirportToronto YYZ
RecreationIsland Lake Conservation Area


Guelph (Upper Grand) Region: discover the advantages

The Upper Grand District, which encompasses the counties of Wellington and Dufferin, is among Canada’s safest and cleanest regions, offering students an amazing immersion experience. Mixing urban with rural communities, students experience all four of Canada’s season, complete with the festivities and sports. The city of Guelph, the largest urban city in this region, forms part of the “Technology Triangle”, known foremost as the home of RIM (Research in Motion), while nearby Orangeville offers traditional suburban living on the outskirts of the Greater Toronto Area. A culturally rich area with museums and theatres; highly regarded academic institutions from high schools to universities, as well as high-tech industry and professional sports, this region offers a niche experience for any student. 

Outdoor Sports: Boating • Canoeing/kayaking • Cycling • Fishing • Golfing • Hiking • Horseback Riding • Rollerblading • Sailing •

Skating • Skiing • Snowboarding • Snowmobiling • Snowshoeing

Recreation for students: • Art Galleries • Coffee shops • Festivals • Libraries • Music Concerts • Museums • Parks • Restaurants (formal and fast food) • Ski Resorts (nearby) • Shopping malls & centres • Sports • Theatre • Youth recreational centres

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 Why Upper Grand Region?

• Very picturesque - urban yet safe communities

• Close proximity to larger, urban centres including Toronto

• Few international students

• Schools committed to ensuring each student achieves his/her educational programme goal


Programme durations available in this location:

10 months: September to June

5 months:  September to end January // February to end June

4 months:  September to end December // February to end May


Main attractions

  •      Annual Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
  •      Orangeville Theatre: stage plays & concerts
  •      Credit Valley Explorer Tour Train
  •      Art Walk of Tree Sculptures
  •      Historic Downtown
  •      Island Lake Conservation Area
  •      Hockey Valley Ski Resort
  •      Movie Theatres


  •      Orangeville Mall
  •      Riocan Fairgrounds
  •      Small stores/boutiques