Uptown, downtown and all around.
Ideally located on the shore of Lake Ontario, surrounded by greenspaces and boasting a booming downtown core, the one-time “Automotive Capital of Canada”, has evolved into a desirable lifestyle destination. Identified as an Urban Growth Centre and recognized as an education and health sciences hub, Oshawa celebrates a vibrant year-round hospitality that invites epic adventures, along with recreational and cultural activities for the whole family.
Nature lovers will be delighted to discover some of the best places to explore right where they live. To start, Oshawa is home to over 130 parks and an extensive recreational trail system made up of almost 410 hectares of parkland and more than 27 kilometres of paved surfaces to walk or bike on. An explorer’s haven whether on foot, bicycle, cross-country skis or snowshoes, the Harmony Creek Trail, The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Second Marsh Wildlife wetlands offer breathtaking scenery along a variety of trails. Oshawa’s waterfront also invites endless exploration with the nearly 900 kilometres of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the popular Lakefront West Park featuring a boardwalk trail and beautiful beaches.
Closer to home, located in the heart of downtown Oshawa, enjoy a leisurely stroll around Memorial Park where city-run events and summer concerts are held in the bandshell. The Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden showcases prized collection of lilacs, lilies and peonies along with themed gardens. If roaming the greens are more your idea of time well spent in nature, golfers can angle their game playing at Kedron Dells Golf Club and many other golf facilities and driving ranges nearby.
Diverse retail & restaurants.
Whatever is on your must-have, need-it, got-to-get-it list for food, fashion, housewares, health and everyday essentials – Oshawa’s got it all. Find all your favourite lifestyle brands at the Oshawa Centre with over 230 shops, restaurants and services, a two storey shopping mall that is the largest mall in Durham Region. For big ticket items and everyday essentials there are big box stores and SmartCentres with favourites such as Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Sport Chek, Best Buy and Walmart, providing convenience and choice all in the surrounding area. Just minutes away, RioCan Windfields continues to add variety to the neighbourhood with the promise of grocery, retail, casual dining, banking, and other service businesses. If you’re hungry and hankering for something particular – this evolving foodie hotspot can easily satisfy your craving. Head downtown to discover a new flight of craft breweries and bistro-style cafes, along with an eclectic variety of multi-cultural cuisine. From English Pubs and classic Italian, Mexican, and Greek options to exotic Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Caribbean choices – there are also family favourites such as The Keg, and Mandarin. For something super fresh, pick up your fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, baked goods, homemade artisan items and more at the Oshawa Farmers’ Market located in the Oshawa Centre parking lot on Fridays, May through October.
Thriving art & culture.
At the core of any great commu
nity is the expression of their culture. Experience a unique combination of small-town charm and historic character, blended with the vibrant diversity of contemporary creative arts and entertainment.
Take a walk through the past and discover Oshawa’s rich history from heritage properties and museums that share the stories from our Indigenous roots, to military, automobile and sports hall of fame collections.
Oshawa is also proud of their extensive public art installations and art galleries, celebrating the city’s heritage, as well as local talents. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery features a permanent collection of over 4,500 works of art with four galleries of evolving exhibitions. For the latest in music and sporting events, Tribute Communities Centre is one of the world’s top-rated venues, home to the Oshawa Generals Jr. Hockey team and major entertainment events. There is also the Regent Theatre (built in 1919) that hosts the Ontario Philharmonic orchestra.
A connected community.
A great place to live, an affordable place to invest in a home, and hailed as one of the best places to find work in Ontario - Oshawa supports all the essential qualities families of all sorts and sizes are looking for. Oshawa is home to several leading-edge institutions that are driving cutting-edge research and academic programming. The Regional Innovation Centre offers start-up facilities for entrepreneurs and small businesses, along with a variety of co-working offices also located downtown. There are great schools for the little ones, along with top-tier educational institutes such as: Durham College, Trent University Campus, and the Ontario Tech University – providing higher education for students interested in technology, environmental studies and the performing arts. Charing Cross Condominiums bring all of this together. Located just minutes from the recently extended Highway 407 and Highway 401, it’s just a quick commute to Toronto and surrounding areas. You can get where you want to go with ease thanks to reliable service from Durham Region Transit, GO Transit and the VIA Rail station.