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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).

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 Accommodation & Attractions

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsNestle In Cottage Resort and Sales

Located in the Heart of the Kawartha's with access to Sturgeon Lake and the Trent Canal System via the Emily Creek System.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsMartin's River Country

Located in the heart of Prince Edward County, next to the renown Sandbanks Provincial Park, Martins' River County offers a multitude of amnenities for those who love life admidst the great outdoors.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsSandaraska Park

Sandaraska Park is a privately owned family camping park located on 200 acres with 219 campsites near Pontypool in Central Ontario.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsTipper's Family Campground

ipper's Family Campground is a seasonal, and overnight, family campground located in the Land O' Lakes Region. We are located on the Skootamatta River, with 3,000 feet of water frontage. Midway between Toronto & Ottawa on Highway 7.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsTravelodge Oshawa Whitby

The charming Travelodge Oshawa Whitby is a pet-friendly hotel conveniently located close to Highway 401, nearby shopping as well as the Oshawa and Whitby downtown areas

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsThomas Cook Travel

Thomas Cook is the largest leisure travel retail company in Canada. We employ experienced professional travel consultants, backed by a fully integrated web site & call centre. Our customers benefit from our superior buying power with our suppliers.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsOwenbrook Golf Course

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

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsExultet Estates

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.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsGeneral Motors Centre

As Durham Region's premier Sports and Entertainment Facility, the General Motors Centre provides a first-class home to the Oshawa Generals, the Durham TurfDogs, and a number of World Class Concerts and Events.

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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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