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PHOTO ESSAY: The Streets are Alive with Art in Downtown Orillia

This past weekend I jumped into my car for a weekend with the girls in cottage country. We ended up taking a drive (no doubt influenced by my love of road trips) through rural Ontario and up to Orillia. I’ve never been to Downtown Orillia, but kept hearing about the famous Mariposa Market Bakery so my girlfriends decided it was about time to scratch this place of my dream list of places to visit!

Streets Alive Project Orillia 2014

Mariposa Market Orillia Ontario
Yummy Cookie Display at Mariposa Market

The bakery was amazing lots of sweet treats and great food, but the highlight of this trip was not the chocolate chip cookies but the amazing street art lining Downtown Orillia’s main strip.

Streets Alive Plant Boxes 2014

The Streets Alive art project challenged the community in Orillia to apply their artistic vision to 40 oversized plant boxes. The result is an amazing outdoor gallery of street art that filled my instagram feed for days! Here is a selection of photos from this inspired day.

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Art Gallery Picture Frames Planter
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Little Shop of Horrors Planter
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Colourful Sun Art and Music Planter
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The Mini Mariposa Market Cottage
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Fish Catches the Fisherman
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Do Dare Dream!
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Awesome Dragon Planter
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Words I Live by: Live simply, DREAM BIG, be grateful, give love, laugh lots!
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Colourful Fashion Planter
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Storybook Planter
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Street Art Selfie!

I only spent an afternoon shopping with the girls in Downtown Orillia and in this short time we had such a fun day browsing the cool stores and admiring the planters lining the streets that I realize I have to go back! I have a new place to add to my list of must visit places: the city of Orillia and the Great Lakes Country region of Ontario!

Have you encountered a fun surprise on one of your trips! Share some stories in the comments below, I can’t wait to hear them!

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