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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 AccommodationsLittle Mississippi Trails Campground

Small campground located off of Boulter road on the Two Rivers Scenic Route near Bancroft. Enjoy distant vistas of mountains and rolling hills. Nestled on the banks of the historic Little Mississippi River.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsCastleton Hills RV Park

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsPigeon Lake Trailer Park Inc

A proud member of the Linwood Parks family, Pigeon Lake Park offers a practical vacation experience the whole family will love. Whether you enjoy fishing, boating or just relaxing by the water, Pigeon Lake Park has something for everyone. A

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsLilac Lodge & Trailer Park

here are 125 seasonal trailers in the park. Each site has a water, hydro and sewer hookup. Water to the trailer hookup is certified clean and safe for drinking. Water is tested weekly. The average lot size is 20' x 35' with some larger lot sizes

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsBonavista Cottages

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsPort Hope Farmers' Market

If you are looking for farm fresh produce and meats, home made preserves and baking, as well as hand made crafts and artwork the Port Hope Farmers' Market is the place to be! Est. 1978.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsHertz Canada Ltd

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 & AttractionsWhitby Cruise Ship Centers

I am a Cruise and Travel Consultant booking cruises with the preferred cruiselines to all parts of the world. Cruising is one of the best travel values for all ages! Join my 7 Seas Cruise Club and enter to win a FREE cruise.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsLighthall Vineyard

Winemaker Kimball Lacey is sinking his County roots deeper every year while Liz Lacey runs the well-appointed tasting room and retail store. Andrew Gray our Marketing director works alongside Kimball in the vineyard. C

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsMurray Hills Golf Course

18 holes of challenging Par 3 golf set among the picturesque Murray Hills area.

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