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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). 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 AccommodationsHilton Garden Inn - Ajax

Unwind and refresh at Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Ajax hotel, located in Ajax near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Neighboring Ajax Convention Center, this hotel is close to Highway 401, just 35 miles from Toronto International Airport.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsIroquois Trail Camp Site

20 acre park overlooking the Trent river in the heart of the Trent Valley. You can enjoy cool river breezes in our quiet atmosphere . Beautiful campsites located in wooded and open sites. Enjoy inground pool and play area for the kids. Dogs OK

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsTrentonia Camp

Trentonia Camp Resort offers large seasonal trailer sites, overnight cabins and house kept cottages that are located on the beautiful Trent Waterway System.

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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 AccommodationsTheona Park

Theona Park is approximately 12 miles north of Peterborough, situated on over 1400 feet of waterfront on beautiful Buckhorn Lake. The Kawartha Lakes are renowned for picturesque scenery, boating, and fine fishing.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsOshawa Centre Farmers’ Market

Pick-up your Fruits, Vegetables, Plants, Flowers, Baked Goods, Maple Syrup, Home Made Items and more.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsRoyal Oak Restaurant

Chain of British pubs. Menu highlights, photo gallery and information about special events.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsNewcastle Golf Course

This 18 hole golf course winds through the Oak Ridges Moraine. Tall mature trees frame the lush fairways, tees and greens, with a fresh, fast flowing river to add further challenge.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsCobourg Farmers' Market

One of the oldest markets in Ontario, Cobourg's Farmers' Market was established in 1839 and offers locally grown produce, crafts, flowers, plants, cheese, smoked meats and sausage, breads, pastries, and other delectables.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsDeer Creek Golf Clubs (Fawn Brook Golf Club)

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

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