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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 AccommodationsRed Setter Resort

Welcoming guests to banks of the Trent River for over 50 years. Modern facilities and services to suit your needs: range of accommodations we offer including rooms, waterfront cottages, and campground.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsAnderson House Bed and Breakfast

Three beautifully appointed guests rooms all with private ensuites and mini fridges. Delicous full country breakfasts. Air conditioned. Special wedding packages including use of our unique dressing area. Specializing in making your day memorable.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsMcGowan Lake Campground

72 acres of varied terrain with large sunny or shaded lots. Weekend activities, horseshoes, volleyball, arcade, sandy beach, store, laundry, fishing, two playgrounds, showers, dumping station, recreational hall

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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.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsPerfect Sounds DJ Services

Professional Mobile Disc Jockey Company. Providing Music since 1980 with over 200 weddings and 350 corporate events. Do refer to our web-site for more information.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsRiver's Edge Golf Course & Community

Bancroft's only 18 hole golf course challenges both beginners and more experienced golfers. Fully treed Estate Lots start at $39,900 and include town water, hydrants, paved roads, underground hydro, cable and telephone. All lots have access

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsKillarney Lodge

Killarney Lodge situated in Algonquin Park offers spacious and beautifully decorated private pine cabins which are a perfect back drop to your Ontario vacation.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsTrillium Wood Golf Club

Opened in 1998 to great reviews and voted Belleville's #1 Golf Club 18 Holes,

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsSummerlea Golf Course

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

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsHeather Glen Golf & Country Club

The rolling hills offer the golfer the unique combination of a variety of elevations and spectacular views.The course design is a challenging, yet satisfying 2,952 yard, par 35 course with immaculately manicured bentgrass fairways and water

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