Located in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, the City of Orillia currently has more than 70 annual and perennial gardens and 2 community gardens with pollinator species planted throughout. In addition, 2 butterfly gardens have been planted with species to attract butterflies and bees specifically and the City has more than 140 flowering hanging baskets located in the downtown.
Moving forward, new designs and construction projects will promote the creation of new gardens in parks, recreation centres, parking lots, and other public spaces with the intent to improve pollinator habitats.
We have been looking for additional opportunities to incorporate native and pollinating species into our parks.
We have policies in place that restrict the use of pesticides to only be used for poison ivy where it poses a public safety threat.
We are launching a new project in 2024 called ‘City of Orillia Naturalization and Horticulture Plan’. This plan will provide us with a targeted and implementable strategy to increase native pollinating species and to naturalize specific areas of our parks/trail system.
The City of Orillia is currently engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing pollinator habitats and promoting diversity in the community.
• The City is actively creating and maintaining areas within our parks specifically to improve pollinator habitats. This includes the planting on native trees, shrubs, and plants.
• The City plants flowering plants in hanging baskets and plants through the downtown core.
• The City will continue to plant pollinator and native species within existing parks.
• The City will continue to leave naturalized areas within parks to allow for the flowing of native plants.
• The City will continue to adhere to the Pesticides Act of Ontario and does not use Class 9 pesticides for cosmetic purposes on City owned or leased land.