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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 AccommodationsWoodcrest Resort Park Trailer Sales

Woodcrest Resort Park, a Family Campground, is situated on Lake Kashwakamak in the heart of wilderness country. Woodcrest is a private, well managed park which has more to offer than the conventional campground.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsSunrise Tourist Trailer Park

A small friendly, full hook-up R.V. resort on 3.5 acres, 230’ shoreline, 750’ dockage, offers on site a Modern Park, model trailer rentals, cottages rentals, boat rentals

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsQuality Suites East - Whitby

Two room suites have comfortableliving area, dining/work table, fridgemicrowave and TV. Bedroom hasa king size bed, walk-in closet and mirroredvanity and a secondTV. Free continental breakfast, hi-speed internet,parking & local calls.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsBay Meadows Park

Besides our own recreational facilities, you'll find one of the nicest beaches banked by sand dunes only a walk away. You can also enjoy golfing, vineyard tours, antique browsing, shopping and fine dining, all located in the immediate area.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsDel-Gatto Estates Ltd.

Family owned and operated, specializing in hybrid grape varieties. Hand planted, hand picked and hand crafted - our wines will take you on a new journey.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsQuarry, The

Located on the west side of Chemong Lake, designed by course architect Shawn Watters, the Quarry has become one of the premier courses in the Kawartha's. The Quarry is the 2011 Readers' Select Award Winner being voted as the Best All Around

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsRock & Rope Climbing Centre

Test your climbing skill on a variety of climbing walls and courses, to prepare yourself for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment, or enjoy climbing indoors when the weather gets rough. Individuals and groups bookings are both welcome.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsClafield Fruit Winery & CiderHouse

efore the wine boom, in Prince Edward County, one could say that Waupoos was the apple basket of the area. With hundreds of acres of orchards planted, Waupoos produced many varieties of apples. Some of these apple tress still stand and naturally,

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsKarlo Estates

Karlo Estates is an artisanal winery, which integrates the best of old world and new world winemaking. We favour natural winemaking Well crafted wines of distinction, which are fruit-driven yet have balance and great complexity.

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