The City of Oshawa is the largest municipality in Durham Region with a population of approximately 157,000; and is a part of the Durham Region which has a population of more than 600,000 residents.
The city extends north from Lake Ontario to rural farmlands, including the hamlets of Columbus and Raglan.
Oshawa, named a “bicycle friendly community,” offers an extensive trail network with direct access to the Waterfront Trail. The city is home to North America’s largest contemporary peony collection located at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, and to the Pumphouse Marsh, McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Second Marsh (the largest remaining wetland in the GTA).
Over 100 playgrounds including one off-leash dog park make Oshawa the right place to play. The 46-acre Lakeview Park is a hotspot, featuring museums, picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, waterfront pier and sandy beach.
Oshawa is a post-secondary destination. Trent University, UOIT and Durham College have all announced plans to expand. By 2015, over 22,500 university and college students will study in the city. In addition, Queen’s University School of Medicine has partnered with Lakeridge Health Oshawa which serves as an additional training site for Critical Care and other programs.
Transit and Rail
The city offers a hub of public transit options, including a deep-water port, full-service airport, direct access to Highway 401 and integrated regional transit. GO Transit serves Oshawa with numerous daily GO bus and GO train trips to Toronto and to a multitude of destinations. Oshawa’s VIA Rail station provides leisure travel for connections across the country and serves business travel with daily commuter service. In addition, the province is moving forward with its plans to extend Highway 407 easterly from Pickering through to Oshawa.
Arts and Recreation
Oshawa has state-of-the-art recreation facilities that offer something for all ages and abilities. Additionally there are four seniors citizens centre branches, and library branches throughout the city.
Oshawa has an emerging arts and music scene. The city is home to a number of cultural attractions from The Robert McLaughlin Gallery to the active programs offered at the downtown Arts Resource Centre. Five museums, three live theatres, annual cultural events and Ontario Philharmonic, a world-class symphony, enrich the city.
Residents and tourists enjoy over 45 annual community events, including AutoFest, Canada Day, Fiesta Week, Peony Festival and RibFest.