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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).

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 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 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 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 AccommodationsWellers Bay Campground

Nestled on the west shore of Weller’s Bay home to some great fishing. Cast your line with the hopes of hooking a Walleye, Pike or Bass. Weller’s Bay Campground is a family, friendly campground with a play ground for the kids, a swimming pool

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsIroquois Trail Camp Site

20 acre park overlooking the Trent river in the heart of the Trent Valley. You can enjoy cool river breezes in our quiet atmosphere . Beautiful campsites located in wooded and open sites. Enjoy inground pool and play area for the kids. Dogs OK

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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 Travel & AttractionsCasa-Dea Winery & Banquet Hall

Carmela Estates Winery under winemaker Norman Hardie brings together old world wine making, the finest vines and ideal terroir to produce well balanced grapes and superior wines. Check out the Vines Restaurant, and their banquet/wedding facilities

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsCherry Downs Golf & Country Club

Mature championship private golf course that has played host to CPGA events.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsStill Brewing

At Still Brewing in Oshawa, our skilled staff will guide you every step of the way and help you make your very own wine and beer in the styles you prefer. The process is affordable, fun and takes very little of your time!

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsWilliam F. Schloen Inc. (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 & AttractionsCobourg Creek Golf & The Mill Restaurant

Nine holes of golf, in the Town of Cobourg.

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