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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 AccommodationsSandy Beach Resort Trailer Court

Sandy Beach Resort and Trailer Court is located on 40 spacious acres on the shores of beautiful Balsam Lake which is part of the Trent Severn Waterway. We have 11 overnight sites for motor homes, trailers, 5th wheels and pop-up campers.

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsO'Reilly Lake Family Campground

family oriented destination campground and we love kids! Our mostly motor-boat free lake has bass, pickerel & pike for fishing and two sandy beaches for swimming and sunning. Come to the store for snacks & staples, firewood, ice & propane, laundry

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsBirdsall Beach Resort

30 minutes east of Peterborough in the Kawarthas. Fully operating family resort and RV park, with the largest natural beach on Rice Lake. Other amenities include 2 brand new private pools, a 9 hole pitch and putt,

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Oshawa-Durham AccommodationsEdgewater Trailer Park

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

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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 Travel & AttractionsMidtown Brewing Company

Craft Beer, Local Fare, Public House, NOW OPEN!

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsWolf Run Golf Club

Wolf Run is situated near the shorelines of Lake Scugog; this semi-private facility is a beautifully manicured 18 holes, par 72 facility. The Course, designed by Dave Clayton, features 4 sets of bent grass tees ranging in length from 5029 t

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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 & AttractionsSturgeon Point Golf Club

The historic 9 hole golf course, built in 1899, takes you along Sturgeon Lake, and has a fully licensed clubhouse, a full practice range and putting/chipping greens.

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Oshawa-Durham Travel & AttractionsWarkworth Golf & Country Club

This scenic 18-hole course I, the rolling hills of Northumberland County east of Warkworth, has well manicured grass, mature trees, sand traps, water hazards and large sculptured greens. This 165 acre course was open since 1967, and has rol

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