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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oshawa-Durham Accommodation & Attractions

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsCole's Point Resort & Trailer Park

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsCastleton Hills RV Park

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsMichaels Olde Frontenac Landing

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsBass Cove Family Campground

seasonal sites available with water, hydro and sewer and many other sites for day and weekend campers. Playground and nature trails. Fishing and boating. Store and restaurant. Pets welcome.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsPinnacle Park Camping

Just north of Cobourg. Rolling hills, large lots, nice big pond with raft and peddle boats, pool, rec center, laundry facilities...

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsAyren Links Golf & Country Club

Bowmanville golf courese, with a snackbar and first tee patio.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsHuff Estates Winery

Huff will continue to share its family passion and history of the land by producing exceptional wines sourced from well-maintained vines complemented with the finest of winemaking expertise.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsOakridge Golf Club

Once a gravel pit, the first 9 holes of this Thomas McBroom designed course were opened in 1988. The second nine opened in 1991, to complete one of the Greater Toronto Area's most beautiful courses, with bent grass fairways, elevated tee de

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsExultet Estates

xultet is a small, hands-on, family-run operation from vineyard to bottle. Our goal is to make the most elegant expression of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that this land is capable of.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsMoonlight Party Bus

Rent our ride for all occasions or just a night out on the town. You don't need a special occasion! We'll customize a night that's perfect for you.

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