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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 AccommodationsPinestone Resort, Conference Centre, Spa and Golf Course

3-2.5 star property featuring 280 acres in the Haliburton Highlandswith an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, and many kilometers of hiking and cross-country ski trails.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsTrent River Cottages

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsHarmony Estate Seniors Residence Inc.

A luxury facility providing assistance to seniors. Our residence is situated on 2.2 acres of land in a beautiful country setting close to all ammenities. We are a full personal care facility enabling you to enjoy your retirement to the fullest.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsNestle In Cottage Resort and Sales

Located in the Heart of the Kawartha's with access to Sturgeon Lake and the Trent Canal System via the Emily Creek System.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsMcGowan Lake Campground

72 acres of varied terrain with large sunny or shaded lots. Weekend activities, horseshoes, volleyball, arcade, sandy beach, store, laundry, fishing, two playgrounds, showers, dumping station, recreational hall

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsHertz Rent A Car

Great cars. Great rates. Great Srvice. Hertz is the preferred car rental company of CAA. Free customer pickup & return, Unlimited km rates. One-way rentals. daily, weekly, weekend rates.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsTribute Communities Centre

As Durham Region's premier Sports and Entertainment Facility, the Tribute Communities Centre provides a first-class home to the Oshawa Generals, the Durham TurfDogs, and a number of World Class Concerts and Events.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsDeer Run Golf Course

9 holes pay as you play with memberships available. Driving Range. Tournaments welcome

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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 & AttractionsLyndebrook Golf Course

Lyndebrook Golf Course is situated on the meandering Lynde Creek, just north of Whitby, Ontario. We have been serving golfers from the Durham Region and beyond since 1991, and provide a fun yet challenging golf experience for novices and pros alike.

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