Oshawa-Durham, Ontario on TransCanadaHighway.com



Pickering waterfront

Why Visit Oshawa-Durham?

This area is the eastern end of the Golden Horseshoe manufacturing belt around Toronto (with Canada's major General Motors auto plant, right in Oshawa), but is best know for its Lake Ontario vistas, its access to the wine-making district of Prince Edward County (jutting into the middle of the Lake), and the lake-strewn cottage country of the Kawarthas and Halliburton (leading up to Algonquin Park).

Oshawa has a population of over 140,000 and lies 60 km east of downtown Toronto, and is part of Durham Region which has 560,000 residents living along Toronto's eastern edge. Oshawa sits on Highway 401 connecting Toronto to Quebec and the Maritimes, and is the doorway to Ontario's Kawartha Lakes cottage country.

New Homes is Ajax

This area has recently become urbanized and has a number of communities in close succession, travelling east from Toronto are Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Uxbridge. These communities are both "bedroom communities" for Toronto and manufacturing centers in their own right. East of Oshawa are Bowmanville. , Port Hope, Cobourg, Trenton and Belleville. Just south of Trenton and Belleville is the Prince Edward County, a tourist mecca also becoming famous for its vineyards.

To the north, in the Kawartha Lakes region, which forms the backbone of the Trent-Severn waterway are the communities of Scugog-Lindsay and Peterborough. These communities are both manufacturing centres, regional shopping clusters and doorways to nearby recreational cottage country. In between these communities is farmland prized for its access to Toronto markets and area highways.

Old heritage house in Oshawa

The area began to be settled by European immigrants after the American Revolution, when many British loyalists were granted land in Upper Canada along the shores of Lake Ontario. Later immigration of Irish followed by relocated French Canadians was supported by early industrialization.

By 1853, the Port of Oshawa was established, followed shortly by the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway connecting Toronto and Montreal. In 1858, the Oshawa Manufacturing Company grew into the largest producer of agricultural implements in Canada, followed in 1876 by McLaughlin's carriage works, which grew into todays' General Motors of Canada. The area developed into a significant industrial region during World War II, and has never looked back.

When the 401 and the St Lawrence Seaway were built in the 1950s and 1960s, market access let to further economic growth. More recently the addition of GO Train enabled these communities to be affordable bedroom communities for those working in downtown Toronto.

Away from Lake Ontario, along the recreational Trent-Severn Canal, lies a large "cottage country" region, which encompasses Lake Scugog, Rice Lake, and the Kawartha Lakes. Homes along or close to waterways and lakes have high recreational value to nearby city dwellers. Harwood-Apartments in Ajax

Today the Oshawa-Durham region has lots of variety in employment, with both blue collar and white collar options, and has excellent access to public and post-secondary education in the community.

Oshawa-Durham Neighbourhoods Towns east of Toronto Oshawa Image Gallery Oshawa Business listings Oshawa.FoundLocally

Trans-Canada Highway History

Oshawa-Durham Communities Map

There are many communities around Oshawa, along the east-west Highway 401 (which IS NOT the Trans-Canada) roughtly following the lakeshore, and further north to the Kawartha cottage country extending north ot Algonquin Park.

Use mouse to drag/move map. Click on "+" or "-" to zoom in or out. "Satellite" combines map & photo.



Oshawa-Durham Accommodation & Attractions

Here are a featured SAMPLING of hotels, motels, long-term accommodation, vacation rentals, lodges and campgrounds. For a complete (and searchable listing) use the red SEARCH feature at right.

Accommodations Directory Listings

Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:

Directory Search

Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsPreston Springs Park

Preston Springs Park is located in Ontario, on the picturesque Trent River with 1500 ft of water front, level sites.

More Info

Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsComfort Inn -Port Hope

conveniently located near the Capitol Arts Centre atmospheric theater, the Art Gallery of Northumberland and Port Hope Golf and Country Club.

More Info

Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsLog Cabin Point

Small and family oriented, we are uniquely situated on a point of land just outside the famous Sandbanks Provincial Park. With East Lake on one side of us and the Outlet River on the other, all our cottages and seasonal sites are waterfront

More Info

Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsResidence Toronto Whitby

Each suite offers sleeping and living areas, a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, microwave, stove, & coffee maker. High speed internet, desk area, ergonomic chair, free breakfast in Hearth Room. Pool, spa, fitness room.

More Info

Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsBest Western Otonabee Inn - Peterborough

AAA 3 diamonds. Resort-like setting near the Kawartha Lakes and downtown area attractions such as lift locks, Trent-Severn waterway, the Canadian Canoe Museum and the GE Canada. King suites feature a fireplace, a whirlpool & a river view balcony

More Info

More Nights... More places to stay in Oshawa-Durham

TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Oshawa-Durham.

More Info

Attractions Directory Listings

Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:

Directory Search

Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsThe Rock Oasis Climbing Gym (Ajax)

Test your climbing skill on a variety of climbing walls and courses, to prepare yourself for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment, or enjoy climbing indoors when the weather gets rough. Individuals and groups bookings are both welcome.

More Info

Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsOwenbrook Golf Course

check out our great golf course, wit its many challenging holes

More Info

Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsWestern Trent Golf Club

Western Trent Golf Club was built 1975 by designer Rene Muylaert. This 9 hole public golf course is located in Bolsover, Ontario and plays along the Trent Severn Waterway. The property includes pro shop, driving range, licenced patio, and d

More Info

Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsHarmony Creek Golf Centre Ltd

The 18 hole executive golf course features ponds, creeks, bridges, mature trees, sandtraps and a putting green. Players have the option on the 9th and 18th holes to play them either long par threes or as short par fours, from separate sets

More Info

Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsWhitby Farmers' Market

Local farm fruits, vegetables, honey and crafts

More Info

More Attractions... Things to see & do in Oshawa-Durham

TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Oshawa-Durham.

More Info

Featured Listings Add Your Free Listing, if you're not listed

If your local area business is not already here or in the FoundLocally.com directory (try the SEARCH box at the top), and you would like to be featured (randomly), add yourself to the Free Listings!

Be found on FoundLocally.com AND TransCanadaHighway

Add Free Listing

Oshawa-Durham Search  Click to expand this menu

Local: Oshawa Info  Click to expand this menu
Ontario Provincial Info  Click to expand this menu