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Amazing Oshawa

Welcome to Oshawa, an urban centre located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the south with a vibrant downtown core and home to the countryside, farms and Oak Ridges Moraine in the north. Oshawa is filled with historic sites, restaurants offering creative cuisine, permanent year-round attractions, award-winning events, arts and cultural experiences, and a myriad of entertainment options.

Oshawa offers a world of amazing opportunities for residents of all ages, families, visitors, post-secondary students, businesses, investors and entrepreneurs.

  • Top 5 reasons why Oshawa is an amazing world-class city:
    1. The City of Oshawa is an internationally acclaimed “Liveable Community.” The prestigious international LivCom awards for liveable communities are backed by the United Nations Environment Program.
    2. Oshawa is an academic centre, home to Durham College, U.O.I.T., Trent University Oshawa, and the Queen’s University Family Medicine residency satellite program.
    3. Home to over 500 cultural businesses, events and festivals, Oshawa has an emerging cultural scene backed by the Culture Counts: Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan.
    4. With a population of 157,000, Oshawa is the largest urban centre in Durham Region (one of the fastest growing regions in Canada with a population forecasted to reach 1 million by 2031).
    5. Oshawa is in the right place. Located only 60 kilometres from Toronto's downtown core, Oshawa residents and businesses have quick and convenient access to the Greater Toronto Area. Oshawa offers the amenities and opportunities of a growing urban centre coupled with the lifestyle of short commutes, vibrant culture and affordable living.
  • Top 5 must-see, amazing permanent attractions:
    1. Parkwood National Historic Site is a Canadian autobaron’s dream home and garden with outstanding architectural and landscape designs and original furnishings. This prominent landmark is also a popular location for television and film including for the blockbuster films X-Men and Billy Madison.
    2. The largest gallery in Durham Region, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) is a vibrant, engaging public art museum occupying an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson. Featuring a permanent collection of over 4,000 works, outdoor public sculpture (Upstart II by renowned artist Clement Meadmore), and four galleries of diverse and changing exhibitions, the RMG holds a significant collection of Modern and Contemporary Canadian art, and the largest collection of works by Painters Eleven.
    3. Canadian Automotive Museum is Canada’s only museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Canada’s automotive industry. Located in the heart of Oshawa, over 65 cars in a variety of makes and models shine in this authentic 1920s car dealership now turned museum!
    4. 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.
    5. The Oshawa Community Museum illustrates Oshawa’s rich heritage that stretches back thousands of years from the first native settlements to the industrialization of the 19th century when Oshawa was referred to as the Manchester of Canada. The Museum’s three restored 19th century homes are located in scenic Lakeview Park.
  • Top 5 amazing entertainment opportunities:
    1. The General Motors Centre is rated one of the world’s Top venues of its size and hosts popular entertainers and sold-out concerts such as Cirque du Soleil, IL DIVO, Jann Arden, Elton John, Selena Gomez, Jason Aldean and Hedley. The General Motors Centre is also home to the Oshawa Generals OHL sport franchise.
    2. The Ontario Philharmonic is one of the most highly respected professional regional orchestras in Canada. Ontario Philharmonic maintains up to 75 musicians and performs its main concert programs in U.O.I.T.’s Regent Theatre, Oshawa and various venues across Ontario.
    3. The beautifully restored historic Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa brings numerous cultural events and entertainers to the city, from Stuart McLean and Gerry Dee to Jim Cuddy Band and Imagine Festival with Colin James and Alan Cross. For community theatre goers, the Oshawa Little Theatre and Durham Shoestring Performers offer a variety of quality performances each season.
    4. Top-rated annual Oshawa festivals include Doors Open Oshawa, AutoFest, Canada Day and Purple Woods Conseration Area's Maple Syrup Festival, as well as the award-winning Fiesta Week and Peony Festival, both named Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events. The City hosts numerous other City events each year.
    5. Prepare for an out-of-this-world experience each fall as approximately 200 artists descend on Oshawa’s downtown and ‘invade’ vacant retail spaces as part of the annual Space Invaders. Many Space Invaders are professional artists who have shown internationally while others are art stars of the future.
  • Top 5 outdoor experiences:
    1. Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens - the site of North America’s largest contemporary Peony collection.
    2. Oak Ridges Moraine - home to the Treetop Eco-Adventure Park, G.T.A.'s newest zip-line and outdoor adventure park.
    3. Beautiful & pristine wildlife reserves - Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh and McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve.
    4. Lakeview Park - the scenic location of the Oshawa Community Museum's three nineteenth century homes, several picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, a waterfront pier and, of course, sandy beaches.
    5. Extensive Trail Network - As one of the first municipalities in Ontario to be designated a bicycle friendly community by Canada’s Share the Road Cycling Coalition, Oshawa offers nearly 60 kilometres of bike lanes/routes and an extensive trail network comprising of 27 kilometres of paved trails.
  • Top 5 shopping and cuisine experiences:
    1. The Oshawa Centre is largest and busiest shopping centre in Durham Region and is undergoing a $230 million expansion to evolve as a high-end fashion shopping centre. Slated for completion in the spring of 2016, the completed centre will include 260,000 square feet of new retail space and up to 60 new retail concepts.
    2. Downtown Oshawa boasts a variety of unique boutiques, gift shops and outstanding restaurants.
    3. Oshawa is home to a variety of large retail centers, including the Harmony/Taunton Shopping Centre and the Stevenson Road Smart Centre.
    4. A new class of restaurants and cafes has emerged in downtown Oshawa -- embracing creative foods, architectural details, diet accommodations and variety. Bringing together celebration, education and comfort, you will be impressed by the variety of almost 60 foodie hotspots.
    5. Oshawa’s creative cuisine scene is complemented by foodie tourism, with food trucks on site at a variety of Oshawa events, the craft brewery festival and more.
  • Top 5 reasons why Oshawa is in the right place for businesses, investors and  entrepreneurs:
    1. Guided by the Sector Analysis and Cluster Development Strategy, Oshawa continues to diversify and guide Oshawa’s growth in key sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Energy Generation, Health and Bioscience, Multi-Modal Transportation and Logistics, and Information Technology.
    2. Downtown Oshawa is home to the area’s first co-working creative office facility. CORE21 offers a variety of flexible options and shared amenities for small businesses, entrepreneurs, community groups and the arts community to engage, collaborate and create.
    3. Oshawa is the new start-up city. The City has partnered with the Spark Centre to create a new entrepreneur/start-up incubation space named “The Loft” in the downtown core.
    4. Oshawa offers businesses efficient and convenient market access to regional, national and international markets. It’s all here – a deep-water shipping port, extensive rail network, the six-lane Highway 401, current construction of Highway 407, and the Oshawa Municipal Airport. Complemented by access to an educated and skilled workforce, streamlined development services and competitive business costs, there really has never been a better time to invest in Oshawa.
    5. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business ranked (in 2013) Oshawa as the 11th best place to run a business in Canada, the second city in Ontario to make the list in the 150,000+ population category. Oshawa’s Economic Development Services Team continues to work with community and regional partners to foster and grow small businesses in our community.