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.
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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Bensfort Bridge Resort offers a variety of camping choices. Cottages, waterfront tent and trailer sites, overnight or fully-serviced 30 amp seasonal sites. Canoes, boat motor and Pontoon rentals, boat docks up to 40 feet and boat launch. Gas.
A luxury facility providing assistance to seniors. Our residence is situated on 2.2 acres of land in a beautiful country setting close to all ammenities. We are a full personal care facility enabling you to enjoy your retirement to the fullest.
Bell Haven Park & Resort is a quiet family-friendly resort offering cottage (mobile home), trailer, and cabin rentals, along with seasonal & overnight camping. Pigeon Lake waterfront. Fully serviced sites, hydro and water sites
3-season family camping... scenic, clean, quiet, family friendly, modern washrooms, shower facilities, children's playground, water park toys at the beach, firepits at each site, security gate control access, strict quiet hours
Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details
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:
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.
9 hole golf course with 7 par 3s, 2 Par 4s, and am 18 hole realistic mini-putt, amd a Licensed Restaurant.
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
An outdoor paintball field we do offer other services related to paintball
National Car Rental operates in over 3,000 locations, and operates over 275,000 quality vehicles that serve over 15 million business & leisure travelers annually.
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