Back in 1874 Orillia was a tiny village on the fringe of the wilderness. But the decision of the Governor General to visit, and then the unprecedented arrival of PT Barnum's circus just five days later elicited a spasm of pride and patriotism. Twice in one week the village's population doubled. Village Council, riding that wave of euphoria, voted two weeks later to incorporate the village into a town. Quite a story.