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:
Sunny Acres Resort and Marina is located in the Village of Seeley's Bay, Ontario, Canada, about 30 minutes north of the City of Kingston, Ontario. Vita Parcours Fitness Trail (14 stations, 14.6 km)
Unwind and refresh at Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Ajax hotel, located in Ajax near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Neighboring Ajax Convention Center, this hotel is close to Highway 401, just 35 miles from Toronto International Airport.
A historical lakefront resort and marina conveniently located on the south shore of Rice Lake in the Village of Goreâ€™s Landing, just 90 minutes east of Toronto with many amenities nearby. 20 minute drive to five zip-lines
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.
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
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:
Located in downtown Peterborough, Ontario, the Publican House Brewery is a craft brewery producing some of the finest and most interesting brews in Ontario.
Two 18 hole courses that you can play all day for one green fee. This set of golf courses, the Highland and the Glen, is situated in the beautiful Oak Hills near Stirling, Ontario. At Oak Hills there is something to interest and challenge
The friendly crew at the County's newest brewpub is doing it right with tasty brew
Wine store and winery housed in historic farm buildings overlooking Lake Ontario.
Winemaker Vida Zalnieriunas produces wines ranging from a refreshing Riesling to something more mellow like a barrel-aged Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.
Since designed by Robbie Robinson and opening in 1921, the golf course at Bay of Quinte Country Club has maintained the natural aspect of the land.
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Oshawa-Durham.
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