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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 AccommodationsRolling Rock Cottages

Our lakefront fully-equipped cottages are located on the shore of Rock Island Lake. Each cottage has a private three piece bath, electric range, refrigerator and heaters. Our sheltered, sandy beach is ideal for small children.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsAlpine Resort (Lindsay) Inc

Serviced Pull-Through Sites, Spotless Washrooms & Showers, Controlled Access Gate, Public Seasonal Boat Launching & Docking Authorized Dealer for Mackenzie Trailers, Heated Salt Water In Ground Pool Wading Pool for Tots,

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsHoliday Pines Park

Holiday Pines Resort features a tranquil setting on well-maintained grounds with wonderful facilities to compliment the large, lush lots for your park model/ trailer. A relaxing atmosphere, quiet at midnight. 7 mins to grocery store

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsRed Setter Resort

Welcoming guests to banks of the Trent River for over 50 years. Modern facilities and services to suit your needs: range of accommodations we offer including rooms, waterfront cottages, and campground.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsLakefield Park & Campground

Large, natural wooded or open campsites fully serviced with hydro, village water up-graded to 2000 standards & sewer outlets, central washrooms and free showers. Other conveniences include: clean, weedless sandy beach boat rentals

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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 & AttractionsWhitevale Golf Club

This member-owned equity golf club is in a picturesque rural setting, has been open since 1959 and has natural rolling terrain, large mature hardwoods and tall pines along Duffins Creek. The course completed an extensive re-design in 2006,

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsBy Chadsey's Cairns Winery & Vineyard

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.

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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 & AttractionsWatson's Glen Golf Course

Watson's Glen Golf Course is one of Durham regions premier public 18 hole championship courses. Located in north Pickering, Watson's Glen is situated on approximately 200 acres. Designed by Kevin Holmes, this links style course has bent gra

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