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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.

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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 AccommodationsKillarney Lodge

Killarney Lodge situated in Algonquin Park offers spacious and beautifully decorated private pine cabins which are a perfect back drop to your Ontario vacation.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsSunny Acres Resort and Marina (2001) Inc.

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)

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsCedar Park Resort

Stay at Cedar Park Resort Family Campground! We offer tent-trailer, trailer or R.V. camping sites available by the night or week or monthly sites. Sorry, we do not have tent camping.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsTrentonia Camp

Trentonia Camp Resort offers large seasonal trailer sites, overnight cabins and house kept cottages that are located on the beautiful Trent Waterway System.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsGrandview Park

ur modern, waterfront resort is ope​n from May to October and offers spacious full service seasonal sites in an urban park setting. Only minutes from Peterborough, Lakefield, Buckhorn and Bobcaygeon,

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsOak Hills Golf Club

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

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsSunny Brae Golf Course

With several awards for best golf value, Sunnybrae's picturesque course has something for all levels of golfers. Each Sunnybrae hole offers a different challenge to strengthen your game. With a range of ponds, traps and challenging pin-plac

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsFront Street Variety (Greyhound Bus Depot)

Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsFlight Centre

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsDeer Creek (North) Golf & Banquet Facility

A forgiving 18-hole course with pristine conditions, ranked as one of the best golf courses in the GTA. The recently-added 9-hole executive course improved their practice facility, ranked the "Best Teaching Facility" and "Best Practice Faci

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