Ajax is approximately 25 km east of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario and is bordered by the City of Pickering to the west and the Town of Whitby to the east.
During the Second World War, the Ajax part of the Township of Pickering was the location of a Defence Industries Limited shell plant, which by 1945 had completed 40 million shells and employed 9,000 people. After the War ended, the University of Toronto leased much of the D.I.L. plant as student housing for former soldiers enrolling as engineering students. By 1949, the last year of the University of Toronto, Ajax Campus, some 7000 engineering students had received their education here.
By 1953, local citizens took action to get provincial approval for the Corporation of the Town of Ajax, which became part of Durham Region in 1974. The town took its name from the ship HMS Ajax, one of three ships that engaged the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate, off the coast of Uruguay in WWI.
Greenwood Conservation Area
2290 Greenwood Rd, Ajax, ON L1T 4S4
north on Westney Road, north of Taunton Road
905-427-8811 Recreation Services
Greenwood offers you a chance to escape to nature along the banks of Duffins Creek. Hiking trails allow you to explore the forest or the steep-sided river valley. Picnic shelters and washroom facilities are available in the picnic area. nature trails, walking paths for hiking and for winter cross-country skiing. The cold, clear-running creek offers trout fishing in the spring. The park is open to the public daily from May to September from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and October to April 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No site rental for a picnic or overnight camping is allowed without a permit.
Ajax Downs & Slots
(formerly Picov Downs Racetrack)
50 Alexander’s Crossing
Ajax, Ontario, L1Z 2E6
(905) 619-2690 1-888-942-6224
Ontario’s newest Slots at Racetrack facility. It is 75,000-square foot gambling operation with over 200 slot machines. Triple 777 is a restaurant and lounge enjoying the comforts of their hosts The Slots at Ajax Downs, and an off track betting facility all set in the landscape of a future setting for a quarter mile horse racing track. Open 24 hours a day seven days a week