OshawaOshawa is a city of 160,000 people (2016) in southern Ontario, 50 km east of Toronto.
While Oshawa is rapidly becoming merely the eastern edge of Toronto's sprawling surrounding urban area, it was long best known for manufacturing motorcars. Col. Sam McLaughlin established the McLaughlin Motor Car Company Limited in 1907 as the successor to his father's McLaughlin Carriage Company. He became director and vice president of General Motors Corporation in 1916; the Oshawa factory became General Motors Canada in 1918. The last Oshawa-built Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles will hit the road in 2019, ending a 112-year history which inspired Oshawa's former mottos "The City that Motovates Canada" and "The City in Motion".
Today, Oshawa is an education and health sciences hub. The city is home to three post-secondary institutions (Durham College, Trent University Durham and University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and to Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Lakeridge Health and Education Research Network (LHEARN Centre) and the Oshawa Clinic, the largest, multi-specialty medical group practice in Canada.
By carOshawa is on Highway 401, exits 415 through 418. All interchanges exit to Bloor Street in the city's south end. Highway 2 (King Street) is the main street of downtown Oshawa.
By trainBy rail, Oshawa is served by VIA rail's Toronto-Kingston-Montréal and Toronto-Kingston-Ottawa corridor services. GO Transit, the Toronto-area commuter train/bus operator, provides all-day half-hourly train service to/from Toronto, plus various long-distance bus routes. Fares vary by distance; Oshawa to downtown Toronto (one-way) via GO Transit is $11.20 (cash, as of 2019), half-fare for seniors, plus ~10% discount for Presto card users.
The two transit hubs in Oshawa are:
address: 915 Bloor St WIntercity (Via Rail) and commuter (GO) station with ticket counter, public washrooms, waiting room.
address: 47 Bond St WThere is no ticket counter at the terminal. There are ticket vending machines for GO Transit buses. Greyhound buses stop at the terminal but Greyhound tickets must be purhased online.
By busIntercity express bus service in the Montréal-Toronto corridor stops in Whitby, an Oshawa suburb, at the Whitby GO commuter rail station. Express bus service from Greater Toronto Area to Oshawa are provided by GO Transit. Greyhound Canada runs services from Toronto, Port Hope, Cobourg and Belleville, and from Peterborough and Ottawa. Can-Ar offers daily service from Lindsay and Toronto.
Oshawa Executive AirportPrimarily serves charter flights.
phone: +1 905-576-1222address: 99 Simcoe Street S, L1G 4G7A two floor trip through old-time cars in a former car dealership. Cars on display include a hundred-year-old fire truck, a Ford Model T, a boat/car hybrid, a steam powered car, one of the world's first Rolls-Royces and a 1983 Delorean.
phone: +1 905-728-6199address: 1000 Stevenson Rd N, L1J 5P5Tanks, historic vehicles, regimental artefacts.
phone: +1 905-433-4311address: 270 Simcoe Street NorthGrand private estate built in 1917 for Canadian automobile businessman Col. Sam McLaughlin includes a mansion with several gardens, Art Deco garden pavilions, secret rooms, ornate ceilings and even a bowling alley. A National Historic Site of Canada, it has been used as a set for many films, including It, Billy Madison, Chicago, and X-Men.
phone: +1 905-655-6338address: 571 Raglan Rd E, L1H 7K4From their website: Over 50 years ago the Lintons' started growing tomatoes for a canning company and gradually added more and more vegetables and fruit and a farm market stand where they now sell a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, homegrown frozen meat, cheese, honey, jams, preserves, fall decorations (etc.)
address: 419 King St W at Stevenson RoadThe largest mall in Durham region. Theres a Durham Region Transit's bus terminal outside of the mall's south-east entrance, with regular bus services to Oshawa GO Station, Whitby GO Station, and the campuses of Durham College.
phone: +1 905-579-5529address: 245 King St W, L1J 0A1
phone: +1 905-404-8040address: 17 King St EItalian.
phone: +1 905-240-9066address: 82 King St WContemporary fine dining.
phone: +1 905-436-7766address: 10 Bond StBreakfast and lunch.
phone: +1 905-404-2464address: 104 King St. EPub, fireplace lounge and pool hall; live music on weekends.
phone: +1 905-240-1979address: 21 Celina StreetPub food and drink.
phone: +1 915-888-3800address: 63 King St EFree Wifi, free parking, breakfast included, non-smoking hotel, suites, fitness centre.
phone: +1 905-404-5448address: 413 Paddington CresOn a mature stretch of protected greenbelt space with lovely wooded trails and meandering creek. Air-conditioned and smoke-free.
phone: +1-800-525-4055address: 940 Champlain AveFree WiFi, free breakfast buffet, onsite parking, pet friendly, pool - indoor, fitness centre.
University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyThe newest university in Ontario. It offers unique programs that are not commonly found in other schools, such as their "Game Development and Entrepreneurship", "Networking and IT Security" and "Automotive Engineering" programs.