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Oshawa Tourist Attractions

Oshawa is host to a number of arts and cultural events and to a number of permanent, year-round attractions. Explore the history of Canadian art at the RMG, enjoy live theatre or listen to our world-renowned symphony orchestra, the Ontario Philharmonic.

Museums

paining in a museumThe largest public gallery in Durham Region, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (the RMG) occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by world-renowned architect Arthur Erickson. The RMG features a permanent collection of over 4,000 works of art, four galleries of diverse and changing exhibitions, gallery shop, library, two art education studios as well as Arthur’s on the 4th, available for event rentals. The RMG: Modern + Beyond.

Now a National Historic Site, the remarkable home of Col. R. S. (Sam) McLaughlin, Parkwood Estate, is one of Ontario’s most popular filming locations. Parkwood features characteristic inter-war years architecture and magnificent gardens. A guided tour of Parkwood is a definite highlight in the Oshawa experience.

Scenic Lakeview Park provides the setting for the Oshawa Community Museum’s three restored nineteenth-century homes. All three homes stand on their original foundations and provide a greater understanding of the lifestyles of Oshawa’s early settlers.

The Canadian Automotive Museum is located in the heart of Oshawa in an authentic 1920s car dealership. Approximately 65 vehicles dating from 1898 to 1981 are on display.

The Oshawa Municipal Airport is the site for the intriguing Ontario Regiment Museum. Located on a World War II British Commonwealth Air Training base, the museum houses the largest collection of operational military equipment in Canada.

Live Entertainment

The Ontario Philharmonic is one of the most highly respected professional regional orchestras in Canada. For further details, visit www.ontariophil.ca.

orchestra playing musicThe Durham Shoestring Performers has provided downtown community theatre for nearly 40 seasons. Performances take place at the Arts Resource Centre, 45 Queen St., located behind Oshawa City Hall. For details, visit www.durhamshoestring.org.

Durham Youth Orchestra is comprised of musicians aged 21 or younger. Concerts are held at various locations throughout Durham Region, including the Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa. To learn more, visit www.dyomusic.com.

For information on community theatre offered by the Oshawa Little Theatre, visit ww.oshawalittletheatre.com.

 Cinechats is a cosmopolitan film series of the best films from around the world.  These weekly films will stir your imagination, engage your emotions, and make you think.  Each week's film is introduced by Artsforum Magazine's film critic John Arkelian, who also leads an informal conversation after each film.

Events

The City and community groups host numerous popular events for residents and visitors. Each June, thousands enjoy ethnic cuisine and entertainment during Oshawa Fiesta Week and visitors from across Ontario visit Oshawa to see hundreds of peonies in glorious bloom during the Peony Festival. In March, residents flock to Purple Woods Conservation Area, the site of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority's annual  Maple Syrup Festival. In September, Doors Open Oshawa celebrates the City's heritage with free access to many of the City's interesting buildings. For information on upcoming events, visit our Events Webpage.