Oshawa - ON


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Oshawa is a city in Ontario, Canada, on the Lake Ontario shoreline. It lies in Southern Ontario approximately 60 kilometres 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”. Oshawa is, as of 2011, the sole “Automotive Capital of Canada” (Self proclaimed), having shared the title with Windsor, Ontario in the past (Who holds the title as the first city in Canada to have and produce automobiles).

Historians believe that the area that would become Oshawa began as a transfer point for the fur trade. Beaver and other animals trapped for their pelts by local natives were traded with the Coureurs des bois (voyagers). Furs were loaded onto canoes by the Mississauga Indians at the Oshawa harbour and transported to the trading posts located to the west at the mouth of the Credit River. Around 1760, the French constructed a trading post near the harbour location; this was abandoned after a few years, but its ruins provided shelter for the first residents of what later became Oshawa.

Oshawa is headquarters to General Motors Canada, which has large-scale manufacturing and administrative operations in the city and employs many thousands both directly and indirectly.   Founded in 1876 as the McLaughlin Carriage Company, General Motors of Canada’s headquarters and major assembly plants are located in the city. The automotive industry was the inspiration for Oshawa’s previous mottos: “The City That Motovates Canada”, and “The City in Motion”. The lavish home of the carriage company’s founder, Parkwood Estate, is a National Historic Site of Canada, and a backdrop favoured by numerous film crews, featured in many movies including Studio 54Billy MadisonChicago, and X-Men.

Oshawa has a diverse array of parks, walking trails, conservation areas, public pools (both indoors and outdoors), 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 Harbour is often a port of call for vessels from the Canadian Navy.

Community Links

Other Useful Links

Weather http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/canada/ontario/oshawa

On Line Newspaper http://www.durhamregion.com/oshawa-on/

Oshawa Central Newspaper http://www.ocentral.ca/

Oshawa Express http://www.oshawaexpress.ca/

Public Library http://www.oshawalibrary.on.ca/

Tourism http://www.oshawa.ca/tourism/tourism.asp


Durham District School Board http://www.ddsb.ca/

Durham Catholic District School Board http://www.dcdsb.ca/

Private Schools

Great Beginnings Montessori School http://durhammontessori.com/

Columbus Private School http://www.columbusprivateschool.com/

Kingsway College

Trafalgar Castle School http://www.trafalgarcastle.ca/

Blaisdale Montessori School http://www.blaisdale.com/

Colleges & Universities

Durham College http://www.durhamcollege.ca/

University of Ontario Institute of Technology http://www.uoit.ca/

Trent University Oshawa http://www.trentu.ca/oshawa/


Health Care Connect
Phone: 1-800-445-1822
Web: www.ontario.ca/healthcareconnect
Health Care Connect helps assist Ontarians in finding a family doctor.  People who are without a family doctor are referred to medical professionals such as nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients within the community.  Register by phone at 1-800-445-1822


Telehealth Ontario 
Phone: 1-866-797-0000
Web: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/telehealth/


Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/ or call their info line at 1-866-532-3161


Durham Region Public Health http://www.durham.ca/health.asp?nr=/departments/health/healthinside.htm

Hospitals & Medical Clinics

Lakeridge Health http://www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca/

Taunton Urgent Care http://www.oshawaclinic.com/locations/courtice/urgent_care

Harmony Medical Clinic http://www.health-local.com/biz/walk-in-clinics/oshawa/ontario/harmony-medical-clinic-oshawa/

Oshawa Clinic http://www.informdurham.com/record/OSH0676

North Oshawa Medical Centre http://www.northoshawamedical.com/


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