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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).

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 Communities Map

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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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsHarmony Estate Seniors Residence Inc.

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.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsHoliday Inn Express Whitby Oshawa

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsSpringwater Trailer Resort

Family Camping, near Port Perry in Nestleton, Ontario with a Sandy Beach, Spring-Fed Swimming Pool, basketball, and Full Hook Up

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsComfort Inn Pickering

complimentarywireless access, comfort sunshine breakfastand new room amenities. The hotel is minutes to the Toronto Zoo, General Motors, OPP, Pitney Bowes and Pickering Ttown Centre mall

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsCobourg East Campground

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsWhitby Cruise Ship Centers

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsLakeridge Links & Whispering Ridge Golf Courses

Two great courses, one convenient location. Lakeridge Links and Whispering Ridge are the perfect choice for the small group of 20 or the corporate golf tournament of 200. In addition to two superb golf courses, we offer an excellent practic

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsRoxburgh Glen Golf Club

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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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsWilliam F. Schloen Inc. (Greyhound Bus Depot)

Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsBlack Bear Ridge Golf Course

Best New Public Course 2005. This course has significant changes in elevation, superbly manicured playing surfaces, beautiful water holes and well positioned bunkers, and 5 sets of tees.

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