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.
Here are a featured SAMPLING of hotels, motels, long-term accommodation, vacation rentals, lodges and campgrounds. For a complete (and searchable listing) use the red SEARCH feature at right.
Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Professional Mobile Disc Jockey Company. Providing Music since 1980 with over 200 weddings and 350 corporate events. Do refer to our web-site for more information.
Grangeways RV Park is a beautiful family campground with 300 fully serviced sites for overnight and seasonal camping. We offer a safe and clean environment for your family with plenty of on-site events and off-site attractions
64 guest rooms, indoor Pool & hot tub, meeting room , ContinentalBreakfas, restaurants nearby, 25 inch TV, free high speed internet
Established in 1958 Skycroft is truly camping at its best. We operate one of the finest private and well maintained forested campgrounds in Ontario, Canada on the beautiful and serene Opinicon Lake. We offer tenting and seasonal RV sites
Hotel amenities include an indoor pool and whirlpool. For special events or business retreats the hotel offers spacious meeting room space. Close to Kraft, Aarx Building Systems, Northumberland Health Care, Comeco And Horizon Plastics.
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Oshawa-Durham.
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
The York-Durham Heritage Railway Association is a nonprofit organization operated by volunteers. Our mandate is to preserve and promote the heritage of Canadian railways of South-Central Ontario.
Located 20 minutes from Sandbanks Provincial Park in the village of Wellington, this golf course is an interesting mix of links style golf holes exposed to the breezes off Lake Ontario and contrasting, mature tree-lined fairways.
Unlike other rental car companies, Enterprise focuses on neighborhood markets. We specialize in renting to people who need a temporary replacement car or a vehicle for a special occasion.
The Uxbridge Farmers' Market strives to have only local produce and craftspeople represented giving you a taste and experience unique to Uxbridge.
Beaverbrook Golf Course is above par with over 70 years of history to its credit. 9 holes enhanced by natural beauty, Beaverbrook curves around The Gull River and Beaver Creek giving you three holes by waters edge.
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Oshawa-Durham.
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