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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
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Trentonia Camp Resort offers large seasonal trailer sites, overnight cabins and house kept cottages that are located on the beautiful Trent Waterway System.
eautiful and well kept RV Resort, located in the heart of the Kawarthas. We are located on the picturesque Otonabee River, which is part of the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Large, natural wooded or open campsites fully serviced with hydro, village water up-graded to 2000 standards & sewer outlets, central washrooms and free showers. Other conveniences include: clean, weedless sandy beach
40 acre countryside estate, walking trails, private lake, tennis court, practice golf T, private suites with in-
room Jacuzzi, hot tub, sauna. Close to Mosport
Raceway, Brimacombe Ski Hill, Jungle Cat World,
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Oshawa-Durham.
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
18 hole semi-private course, member Of GAO RCGA NGCOA CPGA.
Chain of British pubs. Menu highlights, photo gallery and information about special events.
Our progressive traditional roots and rustic comtemporary vibe come together to create a unique culture where local wines, craft beers and farm-to-table culinary flourish.
This 18 hole championship course with an open front nine and thick forest lining the fairways along the back nine. Originally farmland, the front nine was constructed in early 1959 and the back nine about twelve years later. The golf course
Dalewood is a golfer's paradise nestled between Cobourg and Port Hope. Dalewood features a par 71 championship course; the long, well-manicured fairways and natural hazards make it a very challenging game of golf. Dalewood also boasts the m
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Oshawa-Durham.
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