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:
Wonderful breakfast, welcoming environment and comfortable rooms with ensuites. Beautiful gardens, quiet surroundings. Restaurants nearby.
Cooking classes available
Whether you prefer the traditional Canadian camping experience of tenting under the stars and roasting marshmallows by the fire, or lounging by the R.V. grilling steaks on the barbeque,
Peterborough area accommodationConference, wedding & meeting facilitiesSituated amidst the scenic little village of Lakefield, Ontario, Canada in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes.
Log Chateau Park has been family owned and operated since 1967. Our 200 acre woodland family campground is located in the heart of the beautiful Kawartha Lakes.
Heavily treed with a sandy beach, Bon Echo Family Campground comes with all the essential conveniences such as modern washroom facilities, a
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Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
wide variety of farm fresh products from honey, maple syrup, homemade preserves, baked goods and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in season, some of which are grown organically
This nine hole, executive length golf course in valley setting with mature trees and landscaping makes the holes and fairways very tight. The toughest hole is the 6th, a 277 yard par four with a severe dogleg left, hiding the view of the gr
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The tasting room is housed in an old farm house that was part of the original plot. The beams used in the ceiling are approximately 160 years old and came from a barn in Harrowsmith, North West of Kingston.
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