- City Guide - Oshawa
Welcome to Oshawa – the bicycle friendly city! Oshawa is located on the shore of Lake Ontario with a population of 146, 607. Whether you're visiting for a few hours, days, or longer, Oshawa will keep you entertained and relaxed.
In the early 18th century Indians of the Mississauga Tribe traded furs with the French and English. The fur trade from Oshawa became so important that the French established a trading post near Oshawa Creek around the year 1750 – and thus began the economic history of exporting products from Oshawa.
Oshawa is the sole "Automotive Capital of Canada", and in the past has shared the title with Windsor, Ontario. The automobile industry - specifically the Canadian division of General Motors Company - has always been at the backbone of Oshawa's economy.
Oshawa offers an extensive bicycle trail network with direct access to the Waterfront Trail. The city is home to North America’s largest contemporary peony collection, which is located at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens. Oshawa is also are home to Pumphouse Marsh, Second Marsh, McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Oak Ridges Moraine.
Two of Ontario's top festivals happen in Oshawa: Fiesta Week and Canada Day Celebrations, at Lakeview Park. Oshawa is also host to a number of other festivals including; AutoFest, Ribfest and Peony Festival. We are home of the General Motors Centre, the Oshawa Power NBL Team, Oshawa Generals Hockey Club and the Sports Hall of Fame.
If you are looking for a touch of culture, Oshawa can help! Enjoy a musical performances, live theatre, art shows, museums, and heritage sites. If you love to shop then the Oshawa Centre is perfect for you – it is the largest shopping centre in the Durham Region. Downtown Oshawa also offers a variety of unique specialty shops, and decadent restaurants.
Come to Oshawa and enrich your senses!