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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 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 AccommodationsBon Echo Family Campground

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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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsCedar Valley Trailer Park

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsLog Cabin Point

Small and family oriented, we are uniquely situated on a point of land just outside the famous Sandbanks Provincial Park. With East Lake on one side of us and the Outlet River on the other, all our cottages and seasonal sites are waterfront

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsCedar Valley Trailer Resort

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsSummerlea Golf Course

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

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsAnnandale Golf & Curling Club

Nestled in the attractive valley of Duffin's Creek in the town of Ajax, the Annandale Golf & Curling club is an average-length, 18-hole course that offers an excellent retreat for a game of golf. The course is a par 71 measuring approximate

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsNear North Kartways

In between Orillia and Beaverton on Highway 12 north, this go kart track is sure to bring thrills and excitement to all aspiring race drivers. With rental go karts, mini golf and BBQ lunch and di

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsCounty Road Beer Co.

County Road is a farmhouse brewery located in Prince Edward County. Using local ingredients whenever possible, we focus on producing innovative, interesting and complex craft beer inspired by the farming community that we live and work in

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsNorth Oshawa Farmers’ Market

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