Dufferin County

Dufferin County

Dufferin County is a primarily rural destination that spans nearly 150,000 hectares in Central Ontario. The county is home to three main urban areas: Grand Valley, Orangeville and Shelburne, with more small towns dotting the countryside.

Enjoy the welcoming charm of country life at one of the area’s fall fairs, farmers’ markets and festivals. Popular events include the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, the Dufferin Multicultural Festival and Shelburne Fall Fair complete with farming exhibits, pancake breakfasts and agricultural exhibits.

Explore the nature trails, parks and conservation areas throughout Dufferin County where hiking, cycling and fishing opportunities abound.

Map of Dufferin County

Where is Dufferin County?

Dufferin County is situated in central Ontario, roughly 100 kilometres northwest of the Greater Toronto Area. The county is best explored by car or motorcycle, although GO Transit bus service is available to the city of Orangeville. Local transit within Orangeville is provided by Orangeville Transit.

The nearest major airports are Toronto Pearson International Airport and Hamilton International Airport.

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Things to Know About Visiting Dufferin County

Go paddling

Canoe or kayak over 330 hectares of lake, wetland and forests at the Island Lake Conservation Area, situated at the headwaters of the Credit River in Orangeville.

A Schitt’s Creek local gem

The motel used as the Rosebud Motel from Schitt’s Creek is located on private property in the town of Mono but is available for photos when travellers park safely along the side of the road.

Explore regional history

Learn about the history of Dufferin County at the Museum of Dufferin in Mulmur. The museum offers a variety of exhibitions, events, programs and tours throughout the year.

Dine at a historic inn

Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine served in a farmhouse dating back to 1853. The Mono Cliffs Inn is located a few minutes from Mono Cliffs Provincial Park on a stretch of the Bruce Trail.

Shop downtown Orangeville

Stroll along Broadway in Downtown Orangeville and find independent boutiques, restaurants and cafes, all within easy walking distance. Keep an eye out for the famous wooden sculptures.

Hike in a forest

Explore the trails in Dufferin County Forest, a 1066-hectare forested area located just up the road from the small rural village of Mansfield.

Points of interest

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Last updated: April 16, 2024

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