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City of Oshawa
The City of Oshawa lies on the Lake Ontario shoreline and has a population of approx. 149,607. Located in Southern Ontario approximately 60 kilometers east of downtown Toronto. It is commonly viewed as the eastern anchor of the Greater Toronto Area and of the Golden Horseshoe. It is the largest municipality in the Regional Municipality of Durham. The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aazhaway, meaning “the crossing place” or just “(a)cross”.
A variety of housing types are available in Oshawa. Single family dwellings predominate. However, semi-detached, townhouses, condominiums and rental apartments are also available.
Public education in Oshawa is provided by the Durham District School Board. As of June 2015, there were 28 elementary schools and 6 secondary schools.
There are 10 Catholic elementary schools and two secondary schools. The Conseil scolaire Viamonde operates one French public elementary school, while the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud runs one publicly funded French-language Catholic elementary school.
Private schools include Durham Elementary School, Immanuel Christian School, Kingsway College and College Park Elementary School.
The Durham Catholic District School Board, oversees public Catholic education in Durham Region. There are 10 Catholic elementary schools and 2 secondary schools.
The Conseil scolaire Viamonde operates one French public elementary school, while the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud runs 1 publicly funded French-language Catholic elementary school.
Private schools include;
- Trafalgar Castle School
- Hatch House Montessori
- Blyth Academy
- Durham Alternative Secondary School
- College Park Elementary School
- Immanuel Christian School
- Kingsway College
Oshawa Train Station GO Transit trains connect the city with Toronto, Hamilton and points between. GO Transit buses provide service from Oshawa along the Highway 401 and Highway 2 corridors in Durham Region and to Toronto and York Region. GO Transit bus service is also provided from Oshawa Train station to Clarington and Peterborough via the downtown bus terminal. The Oshawa Station is owned by the national rail carrier Via Rail, which operates a service along the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor. Other services from the station include GO Buses, and the regional transit system Durham Region Transit provides local bus service.
Oshawa is the site of Lakeridge Health Oshawa, formerly Oshawa General Hospital. Lakeridge Health is one of Ontario’s largest community hospitals. The facility also houses the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre.
Lakeridge Health Oshawa is also home to Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN) that opened in 2013. LHEARN is the academic home for Queen’s University family physician residency program and for pediatric residency and training. LHEARN Centre provides training and testing medical professionals, including doctors, nurses and first responders.
Policing in Oshawa is provided by the Durham Regional Police Service. There are two police stations in Oshawa — one at 77 Centre Street North in the downtown area, and a South Oshawa Community Policing Centre on Cedar Street.
EMS/Ambulance services are also operated by the Region of Durham. Oshawa Fire Services – operated by the city – operates from five fire stations located throughout the city. A sixth fire station is under construction at the northeast corner of Simcoe Street North and Britannia Avenue East.
Recreational and Cultural Information
Oshawa has parks, walking trails, conservation areas, indoors and outdoor public swimming pools, community centers, and sports facilities. Lakeview Park stretches along the coast of Lake Ontario, complete with a sandy beach. Also, the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Second Marsh Wildlife Area offer protected marshland areas with interpretive trails and viewing platforms.
Oshawa’s parks and trail system encompasses almost 410 hectares of parkland and more than 27 kilometers of paved trails. In additional to:
- 130 + Parks
- 110 + Playgrounds
- 9 Splash Pads
- 8 Ice Pads
- 3 Skateboard Parks.
- 8 Recreational Facilities
- Canadian Automotive Museum
- Durham Philharmonic Choir
- Oshawa Civic Band
- Oshawa Art Association
- Ontario Philharmonic (regarded as one of Canada’s finest regional orchestras)
- Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum
- Oshawa Fiesta Week
- The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
- Oshawa Downtown Murals
- Oshawa Little Theatre
- Oshawa Opera
- General Motors Centre
- Legends Centre (North Oshawa Recreation Centre)
- Heritage Oshawa (sponsors an annual Doors Open event)
- Oshawa Community Museum & Archives
- Parkwood Estate
- Regent Theatre
- Camp Samac
- Durham Community Choir
- Driftwood Theatre
- Oshawa Public Library