Today, Ajax is commony considered par of the Greater Toronto Area, in the eastern part of the Golden Horseshoe region.
As is true for most suburban areas in the Greater Toronto Area, Ajax has grown considerably since the 1980s. What was once a small town mostly surrounded by agricultural areas has increasingly become a bedroom community to Toronto, Ontario and its environs. Many residents commute to work in Toronto or other municipalities in Durham Region.
Rapid population growth leading to suburban sprawl. As the town becomes increasingly built-out, the Town is attempting to increase intensity of development, particularly in the downtown area near Harwood Avenue north of Bayly. However, development in Ajax still principally consists of single-family detached houses on separate lots, and so the fundamental nature of the town seems fixed for the near future.
Increasing multiculturalism, with many young ethnic professionals into the newer northern parts of Ajax, making a much more heterogeneous town than had previously existed.
The City of Barrie is an active and growing community of 125,000 people, with an annual estimated growth rate of over 6%. Barrie is located 90 km north of Toronto on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay. With such a close proximity to the GTA, it makes it an ideal location for your business and place of residence. Barrie is a welcoming, safe and exciting city with a reputation for its high standard of living and social environment.
No matter the time of year, Barrie has much to offer. During the summer you can swim at the beach, or chose from one of many beautiful golf courses to play. During the winter, challenging ski opportunities are right around the corner. There are numerous parklands in Barrie, totaling over 90 parks - several of them line beautiful Kempenfelt Bay with extensive biking, in-line skating and walking trails.
At any time of year there are numerous attractions scattered around Barrie that provide lots of entertainment for any age. The Barrie Molson Centre is an international concert venue, with a 4,200 seat multi-purpose entertainment facility, and the MacLaren Art Centre with showcasing art exhibitions from around the world are the main cultural attractions. For those who want to try their luck, Casinorama is located less then thirty minutes from Barrie, as well as Georgian Downs - Ontario's newest racing, gaming and entertainment facility.
Barrie is also home to one of Ontario's finest community colleges and Canada's leading post-secondary institution for students in the Automotive Sector, Georgian College. Georgian offers a large variety of technical and engineering programs - the college boasts more than 1,000 graduates each year. Georgian has a strong cooperative education program and many of their graduates have gone on to work in large, multinational companies.
Because of Barrie's popularity, the City is projected to grow by between 40 - 60% over the next decade. No matter what type of property that you are looking to find, Barrie can most certainly offer it. It is rich with semi-detached homes, single detached, duplexes and apartments.
Located approximately an hour and a half east of Toronto and forty minutes west of Kingston in the Quinte Region, lies beautiful Belleville. With a population of over 46,000 people, and projected growth to 54,000 by 2021, it is said that Belleville is one of Ontario's best areas to live. Known as the "friendly city" Belleville is located on Highway 401 - the main highway that passes through Ontario, with mainlines for all major rail systems in Canada also running through the city. Its location is one of Belleville's strongest assets offering big city amenities with small town friendliness and charm.
Belleville is known as the largest urban centre in the Quinte Region, providing a wide range of commercial facilities and services. It is also the employment centre for the region. Neighbouring the Moira River near the Bay of Quinte, the downtown is located in the centre of the city. It is lined with small retail shops, boutiques and restaurants, and also is the city's administrative centre.
No matter what time of year, Belleville is a great place for those who love the outdoors. During the summer months, you will find the city convenient to the Bay of Quinte Region. It is home to numerous parks and trails, and beautiful beaches perfect for swimming or boating. Belleville is also home to an award winning community in bloom, an extravaganza of floral displays throughout the city's parks. It is also a great area for sport fishing enthusiasts and is also home to some of Ontario's best golf courses.
During the month of July Belleville hosts its annual Waterfront and Ethnic Festival. For the sport fan there is much to offer, such as world class auto and motorcycle racing at Shannonville Motorsport Park and exciting OHL Hockey. The summer season is very pleasant with warm temperatures and slight rainfall. During the winter months, Belleville becomes and offshore fishing village with hundreds of ice huts that line the bay. For adventurous types there are plenty of skiing facilities right around the corner. The winter season is not excessively cold and the average snowfall is lower than in many other parts of Canada.
The excellent quality of life is also a major attraction to those who reside in Belleville. Whatever type of residence you are seeking, you will find it here. From apartments and condos, to starter homes and bungalows to larger multi family dwellings there is a lot to choose from. Belleville is recognized for its affordable housing and low cost of living, providing another key attribute to this beautiful community.
Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and conveniently located midway between Toronto & Niagara Falls, Burlington attracts many people because of its high quality of living, and beautiful surroundings. Burlington has so much to offer to everyone, it is no wonder why this community is continues to grow.
There is so much to do and see in Burlington, no matter what time of year. There are numerous activities, and places to visit, with 23 kms of waterfront trails to explore, dotted with numerous restaurants, and boutiques to enjoy. The Royal Botanical Gardens, are one of North America's largest, and can offer many activities and sights to enjoy. Burlington is home to many parks including, Bronte Creek Provincial Park that can provide amusement to those of all ages.
Throughout the year there are various events to attend in Burlington, such as The Sound of Music Festival, Art in the Park, The Festival of Lights and Ribfest. There is plenty of history and culture to discover at one of the Museums or take a tour of the Art Centre. There is so much nature to be discovered here as well; hike the popular Bruce Trail, or try your adventurous side by climbing the escarpment. Located just North of Burlington, skiers and snowboarders alike, can enjoy a thrill at Glen Eden ski hills.
The city is known for its leadership and commitment to maintaining its unique natural heritage, community values and vibrant urban and rural lifestyles. No matter what type of property that you are looking to find, it is definitely available in Burlington. From lakefront properties, and cozy family neighbourhoods, to more rural settings, there is a lot of variety here, and Burlington can accommodate anyone. This prominent community has a wide variety of dwellings that are priced in the moderate to the higher price range. All types of housing are available here such as: condominiums, town homes, semi-detached, single family detached houses, and multi-million dollar estates.
Burlington has a lot to offer in the way of education, from elementary and high schools - public or separate, to post secondary. There are two well known colleges bordering the city (Sheridan and Mohawk colleges), as well as the renowned McMaster University located about 20 minutes from the downtown sector of Burlington.
Collingwood is located in the heart of one of Ontario's finest four-season destination areas, and at the foot of Ontario's largest ski hill. Collingwood is known for its old time charm and history that appeals to everyone. It also has some of the best recreation in Southern Ontario. There are great opportunities awaiting you in Collingwood.
Collingwood is located in the breezy hills of the Blue Mountains. Surrounding the shores of southern Georgian Bay, there is much to explore in the natural forestry and white sandy beaches. During the summer months Collingwood offers much to do and see. There are a dozen golf courses within a half hour from the downtown sector. Collingwood is a perfect spot for the outdoorsy type. There are over 60km of trails, where you can walk, bike, or go horseback riding. Fishing, hiking, boating of any type and rock climbing are also popular to the adventurous type. Visiting historic downtown Collingwood provides a perfect opportunity to do quaint shopping and great dining. The renowned Elvis Festival at the end of July attracts spectators from everywhere!
Winter is when Collingwood really flourishes. Visitors come from all over to experience this winter wonderland. There are plenty of activities to get involved with including skiing, winter hiking, snowshoeing, skating, and ice fishing. During the evenings, the town comes alive like a Victorian scene. Also, there are many pubs and music clubs, and a new live entertainment theatre that matches any taste!
No matter what type of housing that you are looking for, Collingwood can provide it. For the family there are single detached homes, and cozy cottages, but can also offer condominiums, or lush lake front properties. Whether it is a seasonal home or a permanent living, this four seasons destination spot is perfect for any style of living for any type of person.
The City of Hamilton is a blend of scenery and city life, one of a handful of urban centers in North America that are tiered and encircle a bay of significant size to serve as an international port. It is the area's unique natural architecture that has contributed in great measure to the formation of a distinct regional character and heritage.
Making up the city of Hamilton are Ancaster, Dundas, and Flamborough, Glanbrook and Stoney Creek. Each community within Hamilton is unique and rich in history. There is something to do all year round. In the summer months, one can take advantage of the large port, and bay of Lake Ontario, or enjoy landscaped trails surrounding the waterfront. The 1,500 kilometers of trails invite hikers, bikers and window-shopping naturalists to explore Hamilton's forests and botanical exhibits. Or enjoy one of the more than two dozen golf courses, or tour the charming settings of six communities for the many curiosities, antiques and heritage sites.
Fall is alive with the colors of the season. Enjoy country fairs and pumpkin carving, in any of the communities. Winter introduces a fresh set of delights. The trails are given over, not just to hikers but also to cross-country skiers. Downtown, the city streets and heritage buildings are dressed for the season.
Spring is a time for tapping trees and boiling the sap down to maple syrup at Westfield Heritage Village. It is a time to come out to visit the world's largest lilac collection and experience the colors of the Tulip and Iris Show and displays at the famous Royal Botanical Gardens.
Hamilton boasts industrial zones, parklands, historic sites, and shopping districts, something for everyone's tastes. There are festivals throughout the year that bring the community together such as; the Peach festival in August, and the Mustard festival in September.
Hamilton is often a stop for big names in entertainment, as Copps Coliseum is a perfect venue for concerts, exhibitions, shows, and sporting events. For those who enjoy theatre and cultural events, Hamilton Place is lushly appointed building and is world class in its scope and design.
Hamilton offers many natural and man-made diversions for the leisure traveler. The beauty of the escarpment alone compels attention as it changes its expression to greet each successive season. The scenery that the escarpment offers is not the only thing that draws people to Hamilton. Hamilton is home to a world class university, and medical center. McMaster University offers modern training and technology, but has maintained the architecture and heritage of the school from when it first opened.
Housing in the city is par for the market. There is something for everyone's budget and needs. Large homes nestled in the escarpment offer refuge from the bustle of the city, there are mature neighborhoods hidden around downtown Hamilton, as well as new developments, that offer something for the modern family.
Located in the heart of Muskoka's cottage country, is beautiful Huntsville; surrounded by largely rural areas, there is plenty to see and do here. Huntsville has a population of 18,000 people and is known as a nature, recreation and resort destination. The town is surrounded by 144 lakes and is close to the world famous Algonquin Park. Huntsville is best known for its popular family vacation area, but also boasts a thriving community all year round.
Huntsville has numerous clubs and organizations that offer arts and culture, recreation and educational activities to the community. Activities are alive all year long including the Festival of the Arts, Winterfest and Communities in Bloom. During the winter there are many activities to choose from to keep you busy. There is no shortage of hills, plus there is skating, and snowmobiling, and much more to enjoy.
Summer is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoor life and nature in Huntsville. There is so much to see and do. It is a great opportunity to discover Ontario's nature at its most beautiful. You can enjoy all types of water adventures or just relax, at one of many natural lakes in the area. It is a perfect time to explore beautiful and historic downtown Huntsville where you can explore 120 unique boutiques and much more that you won't soon forget.
Most commonly known for cottages, Huntsville has much more to offer - no matter what you are looking for, you can find it here. Whether you are looking for lakeside accommodation or something closer to the town centre, Huntsville offers a pleasant lifestyle to permanent residents and a large seasonal population. It is a recreational playground in a perfect location for your business and family.
Kitchener is located in the Waterloo region in the heart of southwestern Ontario. Surrounded by the beautiful Grand River country, Waterloo is a host to thousands of business travelers, individuals and families who come experience its mix of history, hospitality and development. With a growing population of over 190,000 people, it boasts a rich urban life, balanced with a never-ending list of cultural and recreational activities. No matter what time of year, Waterloo can provide excitement, activities and festivals to please everyone. Being just an hour outside of Toronto, Waterloo is extremely easy to reach for everyone.
The core area of Kitchener is the regional centre for commerce and banking. Also, it is the host to many thriving arts, cultural and entertainment activities. The downtown core is growing every year with more flourishing businesses and residents. Kitchener is known for the biggest Oktoberfest in all of North America. Every year tens of thousands of people enjoy the amazing festivities, and the one of a kind Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you are looking for some scenic space Grand River Country is regarded as one of Ontario's finest assets, and is recognized nation-wide for its natural beauty. If outdoor activities are what you are looking for, this is "the place" to fish in southern Ontario. This region is home to camping, hiking, cycling and more. There are extensive trails in conservation areas, parks, forests and along the waterway.
The Kitchener region is home to two of Ontario's most recognized educational institutes, The University of Waterloo - home of the world's largest mathematics faculty and an international leader in the education of technology professionals, as well as Laurier University, a smaller institution with small class sizes and a strong sense of community.
No matter what type of housing you are looking for in the City of Kitchener, you can find it. It is rich with semi-detached homes, single detached, duplexes and apartments. Kitchener is constantly growing by size as well as culturally. Because of the popularity of this area, it is forecasted that the population will grow to be close to 225,000 within the next 8 years.
The town of Lindsay is located within the City of the Kawartha Lakes, which lies just over one hour northeast of Toronto. The area's 250 lakes and waterways offer scenic views, and a relaxing atmosphere.
Almost all of the region's top producing companies are located in Lindsay, and are some of the top employers of the region. Though businesses may call the area home, there is still much to do to unwind, and retreat into nature. There is something for everyone, you can enjoy the fresh air as you hike, cycle or ski 600 kilometres of trails through the rural landscape.
Today, farmers' fields in the City of Kawartha Lakes are still bountiful with wheat, barley, oats, corn and hay. As you drive, expect to see cattle and horses grazing in the fields. Livestock auctions are still very much a part of our community, as are fall fairs and farmers' markets.
Agriculture is a major contributor to the City's economy. Beef cattle and dairy farming predominate, as well as mixed livestock farming. Hay is the largest single crop grown. The crops range from beef, dairy, fruits and vegetables, to swine and mixed farming. In the past few years traditional farming has opened up to include high-yield crops and specialty farming such as goats, deer and herb farms. Farm operations throughout the city regularly use the latest technologies.
While living in Lindsay residents are able to take advantage of what the region has to offer. The city of Peterborough is home to Trent University, which is approximately an hour away.
The region has numerous recreational dwellings for those looking for a summer home, as well as year round residential properties. Properties in the area on average sell for $120,000, with waterfront bungalows ranging up to $140,000.
London is the tenth largest city in Canada and the regional centre for Southwestern Ontario. Today the City of London is home to more than 336,000 residents. Although the city fans out for miles, the downtown remains a primary commercial and retail centre, and flourishes with businesses of all types. With miles and miles of scenic pathways and acres of parkland, London holds to its name of the "Forest City".
There is much in London to entice visitors of all types in all seasons. During the summer you can take a peaceful walk through one of London's many scenic walkways, shop downtown, or experience one of many festivals that Family entertainment is very popular ranging The Covent Garden Market downtown to the famous Storybook Gardens. During the winter months, London is perfect for outdoor adventure, like skating, and tobogganing. There are plenty of artistic things to do and see, like The Grand Theatre, Orchestra London, and the London Regional Art and Historic Museums for any time of year.
The average starter house price in London is significantly lower than comparable regions in Ontario and outside the province. With residential areas that include heritage buildings as well as modern condominium complexes there are many different options to choose from no matter what you are looking to find. Town homes, detached and semi detached as well as condos, are all available to consumers.
No matter where you are coming from, the core of the city is no more than a 12 minute drive away; this provides residents with a great quality of life and commute times are minimized allowing professionals to spend more time with their family.
London is home to Western University, Canada's 4th Largest University, that enrolls about 26,000 full time students each year. Western is widely recognized for excellence in the schools of Medicine, Engineering, Business and Law. London is also home to one of Canada's largest community colleges, Fanshawe. Each year, Fanshawe trains over 12,000 full time and 36,000 part time students.
Nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario lies Canada's 6th largest city; Mississauga. This diverse town offers quaint villages, a bustling waterfront, Ontario's largest mall; Square One, and world-class art and theatre attractions. Mississauga is also host to many festivals, including the Bread and Honey Festival.
Mississauga ranks as the fifth largest head office centre in the country and is home to Lester B. Person International Airport, the busiest airport in Canada and one of the busiest in the world. Its convenient location is right next to Ontario's capital and just over an hour from the Canadian/US border, making it great for those who need to travel. The city boasts a premier infrastructure for business, as well as diversity, and a pool if valuable talent.
To escape the bustling city, one merely has to take a short drive or walk to discover the more than 480 parks and woodland areas that Mississauga has to offer. The area's lakefront parks are becoming jewels along the waterfront, as the city has been developing and upgrading them in the past years.
An area commonly referred to as the "Sports Zone" is 160 hectares of land, is home to The Hershey Center is Mississauga's premier event and sport facility, which is where the city's OHL team; the Mississauga Ice Dogs call home. There is also a four pad hockey arena that is open year round. Future plans for the site call for an indoor sports facility suited for baseball and soccer, and a hotel development.
The quality of education is a high priority in Mississauga. There are 107 public schools, 71 separate schools, plus several dozen private schools in the area. With close to 6,200 students, Erindale College is the largest arts and science faculty at the University of Toronto.
Housing in Mississauga varies, much like any other city. There is very high end housing available; with gated communities, condominiums, as well as affordable homes. Mississauga is a great example of how cities are now growing to meet the needs of a demanding population, with new services, buildings, attractions, and amenities to suit everyone's desire, all the while maintaining a small town charm.
Located just thirty minutes outside of Toronto, lies the small town atmosphere of Newmarket, Ontario, a perfect location for young families and professionals alike. Newmarket has a population of over 73,000 and forecasted that by 2006, to have increased to 79,000.
No matter what type of dwelling that you are looking to find you can find it in Newmarket. Condos, townhomes, bungalows, and executive style housing are all in abundance; the area is predominantly single family homes. There are over 800 acres of parkland in Newmarket, making a perfect surrounding to your home.
Newmarket is accessible to both ski and cottage country. No matter what time of year there are plenty of things to see and do. During the summer you can find many attractions for the whole family, such as the famous Paramount Canada's Wonderland, the beautiful McMichael Gallery, or one of numerous vineyards located close by. Tour Newmarket's historic downtown where you will find historical buildings, quaint shops and outdoor cafés. During the winter you are in close proximity to plenty of ski hills as well as many other outdoor adventures for all ages.
There are nineteen public schools as well as seven separate schools located in Newmarket, private school education is also available. There are also many post secondary institutions available within a short distance.
There is something for everyone here, including a large youth and recreation centre and a seniors meeting place. The welcoming community of Newmarket has a small town feel but with big city advantages. Recently, there have been commercial area expansions that have produced many new industries, offering more goods, services, and increased job opportunities. Newmarket is a town that incorporates big city amenities and small town charm that is hard to find anywhere else.
The Niagara Region is made up of 12 unique and distinct local municipalities; varying from the larger populated cities of St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls with their urban intensive features, to Wainfleet and West Lincoln with a more rural and natural setting. Tourism, industry and farming, not to mention all the natural resources including vast mineral and environmental resources, all add to the regions economic diversity.
The Region is blessed with natural features and attractions such as the Niagara Escarpment, miles of parks and beaches, not to mention Niagara Falls itself. The region has an abundance of walking trails, cycling and driving routes, such as the Niagara Parkway that follows the Niagara River, to the Niagara Wine Route. The Niagara Wine Route connects at least 22 wineries, through some of the prettiest countryside in Ontario. The area is rich in history with war time landmarks, and old the old world charm of old Victorian mansions, and quaint war time homes.
Niagara is bordered to the east by New York State. With four bridges less than an hour away from major Canadian cities such as Hamilton and Toronto, extensive rail lines, and a district airport, Niagara has proven to be a vital link to businesses in both the United States and Canada. Niagara's central location and quick access to large city centres like Buffalo, and Toronto make it a great place for commuters to reside.
The region boasts exceptional educational facilities; Brock University, Niagara College, as well as various private schools, including Ridley College, attended by people from the world over.
The region is rich in culture as well. The Shaw festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a haven for those who enjoy both traditional and new theatre. The wineries throughout the region also serve up their own entertainment with nights full of music and theatre. The facilities at both Brock University and the new Casino are great venues for big names in music and entertainment.
The contrasting municipal features and unique natural landscape contribute to the diverseness of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
Located at the eastern end of the Greater Toronto Area, Oshawa is a vibrant community, full of opportunity. Oshawa is home to one of the finest colleges in Ontario, an airport, a well-equipped harbor on the Great Lake system, a state-of-the-art hospital, attractive shopping centers, and new sports, recreational and cultural complexes. The city has developed to meet the needs of its growing and prosperous population.
Oshawa is home to the Canadian headquarters and Regional Engineering center of General Motors of Canada Limited. There is much industrial success to the city of Oshawa, and is an ideal destination for business and commercial interests.
Despite the industrial strength of the city, there is serenity about it, as it has many parks and rural areas. One does not need to travel far to take a breather from the bustling city life. Residents are able to enjoy the benefits of "big city life" while avoiding the normally associated high costs and congestion.
Oshawa is merely a 50 kilometer trip to Toronto, therefore residents are able to enjoy all that Downtown Toronto has to offer. Oshawa's location is also convenient for those who wish to venture into the rural, and vacationing areas of Haliburton, and the Kawartha's.
Recreational activities in the city are abundant, and the city has its own OHL team; the Oshawa Generals. There is an annual Waterfront Festival, which kicks off the city's week long Fiesta. The festival attracts more than 100,000 people each year.
There is a full range of housing available in Oshawa. Established neighborhoods in the city core have been handsomely renewed and upgraded over the years. Low density single family homes are the most common housing developments one would find in Oshawa, and the prices are attractive as well, being 40% less than housing costs in neighboring Toronto.
Oshawa is an all-in-one city - it has something for everyone.
Situated on the banks of the beautiful Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers, Ottawa is rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic architecture. As our nation's capital, Ottawa is one of Canada's most beautiful cities. With a population of over 1.2 million, it makes the Ottawa region the fourth-largest urban area in Canada. Located near the Quebec border, the city is blessed with a wide range of cultural and historical sites, to offer an endless sightseeing opportunities. Ottawa is one of the greenest metropolitan cities in North America, offering an incredible amount of woodlands, rivers and streams. Ottawa is ranked among the world's most desirable cities to call home.
Aside from the spectacular scenic spots, Ottawa is also home to many tourist attractions that draw thousands of spectators each year. A 7.8 kilometre section of The Rideau Canal becomes the world's longest skating rink in the winter months, and in the spring, Ottawa is the home to The Tulip Festival, cultivating over a million tulips each year. Ottawa has a wide variety of cultural exhibits with over 30 museums, and 50 galleries and theatres. As one of Canada's official "hockey towns", Ottawa is proud to be home to The Ottawa Senators (NHL) at its famous Coral Centre and can accommodate all sports, no matter what your preference. Ottawa is also home to numerous retail districts and malls, to satisfy your shopping appetite no matter what it may be.
Ottawa's most popular attraction is Canada's own parliament hill, offering a beautiful and informative look into the Canadian government. No matter what the season, visitors are welcome to tour the buildings, view Parliament in action, and enjoy public programs and amazing spectacles, such as the changing of the guard ceremony and the Sound and Light Show.
The region's six universities including the University of Ottawa and Carleton, as well as colleges and numerous technology institutes create a highly integrated education system. For elementary students, Ottawa offers many public and private schools. There is ample opportunity to study English, French, French immersion or even French as a second language.
Ottawa has a wide range of housing options for people looking to relocate here. Housing choices range from reasonably priced homes for young families to lavish mansions for the prosperous. No matter what type of community you are looking for, Ottawa can provide it for you. From condominiums, to gated communities, Ottawa's charm is certainly one that is a favorite to all that reside or just visit there.
The city of Pickering offers a unique blend of rural and urban Ontario, lying 40 kilometers east of downtown Toronto. The historically designated village of Whitevale, as well as other quaint villages that lie north of the city offer a look a the pastoral qualities of the area, that are still only minutes away from wide variety of shopping, and entertainment.
Pickering is located along the shores of Lake Ontario, which offers not only scenic views but a wide range of recreational and business opportunities as well. Pickering's waterfront is home to Frenchman's Bay; a unique asset to the Great Lakes system, and a designated Environmentally Significant Area. In the Bay there is a rich diversity of vegetation and wildlife that spreads across 85 hectares, for you to discover. The city boasts over 220 hectares of groomed parkland, and has two conservation areas within its borders. For those who enjoy the outdoors, there is not a shortage of areas to explore.
Pickering is a city that is also very involved in arts and culture, and encourages the efforts of local artists. The city has an annual event called "Experience Art", where local artists can display their work at the Pickering Civic Complex. If dramatic arts are more to your liking, Pickering's parks are put to good use when the sun goes down as local theatre groups present many productions under the stars. The city also has the Pine Ridge Art Council which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to enhancing the quality if life within the community, through the development of the arts.
Pickering also has an advisory committee on Race Relations and Equity, made of municipal leaders, cultural associations, students, and various representatives from all areas of the city. The committee works together to promote racial and ethnic harmony throughout the city.
The housing market in Pickering is much like any other larger city. There is a variety of dwellings, from waterfront condos and apartments, and starter homes to larger executives.
No matter how large or small your family or business, Pickering has something to meet all of your needs.
Port Perry is nestled in the township of Scugog, and is located just over an hour's drive from Metropolitan Toronto. It is situated on and around the shores of Lake Scugog which is one of Southern Ontario's largest bodies of water. The serenity of the water is combined with the gently rolling countryside, and the thriving commercial and business centre of Port Perry. No matter what the season, the lakeside atmosphere of Downtown Port Perry serves as the backdrop for the region's finest shopping, all-season sports activities, quality entertainment and just plain relaxation you'll find anywhere.
Set in Victorian architecture, Downtown Port Perry's unique shops are always full of the latest fashions in clothing & apparel plus eye-catching home furnishings and decor. Art galleries, antiques, bookstores and nooks filled with unique gift ideas and infinite treasures await you.
The tastes of Port Perry are as diverse as the town. Enjoy lunch café style on an open air patio, enjoy an afternoon tea tradition with friends or snack on the freshest selection of candy and sugar cone ice cream found anywhere. Take in a community theatre production or musical performance at Town Hall 1973.
Scugog's Municipal Government located in Port Perry, administers such local matters as fire protection, planning and development, economic development, tax collection, waste collection, recreation services, municipal by-laws, library services and the maintenance of over 400 kilometers of roads. Durham Region is responsible for police protection, waste transfer and landfill sites, sewer and water services, overall planning, social services and economic development for the region.
Port Perry offers housing options from cottages to luxurious lakefront residences, from starter homes to Victorian Mansions. Port Perry is a great year round choice for you and your family. Move to Port Perry and you've got an array of local museums, wineries, art galleries, and shopping at your doorstep. If relaxation is what you crave after work, there's no better place to simply relax and unwind. Enjoy the spectacular views while having a picnic lakeside at Palmer Park or take a stroll down the scenic Boardwalk or Waterfront Trail.
Port Perry offers small town charm, with big city appeal.
Scarborough was incorporated as a township in 1850 and then included as part of Metropolitan Toronto when it was formed in 1953. It was named after Scarborough, England by Elizabeth Simcoe, the wife of John Graves Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. Much of the area of Scarborough was settled by suburban housing developments in the last third of the 20th century. Scarborough residents have developed their own unique culture and sense of humor as evidenced by such native "Scarberians" as Mike Myers, and The Barenaked Ladies.
Scarborough is a major city center and is part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Downtown Toronto is only 30 minutes away, and is easily accessible through the area's transit system. Scarborough is the home of Ontario's only elevated rapid transit line; the Scarborough RT is a light rail public transit system that uses linear induction technology.
It is home to the University of Toronto at Scarborough, it is the only UofT campus to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration. The campus has also begun to offer joint programs with Centennial College in journalism, new media, and paramedicine. All co-op programs for the university are run out of the Scarborough campus. Scarborough also boats numerous public, private, and Catholic schools.
There is no lack of specialty stores, and shopping outlets; The Scarborough Town Center is the areas premier shopping center, with over 220 stores, that has something for everyone. For those who enjoy the arts, the Scarborough musical theatre offers up performances of classical musicals, and new productions that are enjoyable for the whole family. Being so close to downtown Toronto, residents are able to take advantage of all of the events, arts, and fine dining that the downtown core has to offer. Scarborough is home to The Metro Toronto Zoo, where there is always much to see and do.
Housing in Scarborough is par with the Toronto market, and there are many options for those who would prefer apartment or condominium living.
A friendly, inviting community in the heart of the thriving Niagara region, with charm and beauty, St. Catharines reflects the diversity of a rich rural and urban mix. It combines all the advantages of living and working in a prosperous urban area with the traditional touches and atmosphere of a small town.
Known across Ontario as the Garden City, St. Catharines prides itself on excellent community services, top notch educational opportunities, and a strong health care system. Families enjoy a high quality of life, a safe environment, and access to recreational and leisure activities for all ages.
St.Catharines is only 20 minutes away from the Canada/US border, and an hour away from Toronto. Its central location makes it a great place to live for commuters, and travelers. There is also not shortage of activity, as St.Catharines is host to the region's Grape and Wine Festival in September, Niagara Falls is less than 20 minutes away, and the cultural district of Niagara-on-the-Lake lies just south of the city limits. A well kept secret is the summer resort town of Port Dalhousie, where one can enjoy a variety of patio restaurants, or stay and enjoy the bustling nightlife it has to offer.
St.Catharines is home to Brock University and Ridley College an internationally renowned private school. Sports are a large aspect of life in the garden city, with a new four pad hockey arena in the works. It is also home to a beautiful rowing facility, where competitors from the world over meet yearly.
The housing in St.Catharines meets all needs, and budgets, from older war time homes full of character, to the brand new subdivisions; there is a dream home for everyone. St.Catharines is ideal for those who enjoy the spice of variety in their lives.
Stoney Creek is centrally located within the Golden Horseshoe adjacent to Lake Ontario and encompasses a portion of the Niagara Escarpment. Residents of Stoney Creek can take advantage of the numerous parks and conservation areas within the City, some of which are located on or near the City's 9.6 kilometers of Lake Frontage.
The geography of Stoney Creek allows residents to settle in either an urban, suburban or rural area - all within minutes of major community shopping, recreational facilities and employment opportunities. The maximum traveling time between any two points in the City is less than 30 minutes and those who live and work in the City can even enjoy lunch in the comfort of their own home.
For those who work in Toronto, the GO station is under half an hour away, and Toronto is only an hour's drive away. The border to America in Niagara Falls is only 30 minutes away. There is never a lack of entertainment far from home, as Niagara Falls offers a casino with a venue for concerts, and Toronto is always offering up something new and exciting.
There is a strong tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship in Stoney Creek. The City's location advantages have allowed for business and industry to take advantage of changing market conditions and new opportunities. Today, the City has a large and diverse manufacturing base which supports the City's population of over 55,000.
Thornhill is a city divided; it lies in between the Town of Markham and the City of Vaughan, and runs along both the east and the west sides of Yonge Street. Residents then get the best of what both larger communities have to offer. The first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe, first developed Yonge Street as a military road.
Today, Thornhill is a large urban community; its ethnic composition is very diverse with a large Jewish, Eastern European and Italian population. It is a community that has grown expansively from its early beginnings, reaching north to Richmond Hill and south to Toronto. Its residents enjoy all modern amenities for shopping, recreational activities, schools, libraries and other conveniences.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, The Oak Ridges Moraine is a great area for hikers to explore, or for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. The Moraine is a ridge of land up to 300 meters high that runs parallel and about 60 km north of Lake Ontario. It extends about 200 km from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the Trent River in the east.
Fine dining is easily found throughout Thornhill and the surrounding region, and with Toronto minutes away, there is a variety of entertainment and fine cuisine available. Cultural events are very community oriented in Thornhill. The City Playhouse plays host to the region's Festival of the Arts, which is a free event spotlighting visual and performing artists from around the region. The history of the city is also celebrated; The Thornhill Village Festival allows you to take a step back in time, and enjoy entertainment, food, crafts, and a parade.
The area is home to many post secondary school institutions, and there are a variety of public, Catholic, and private schools for those in high school and elementary schools.
Thornhill is a great location for those who work in Toronto, who want the benefits of city living, with a close community feeling.
The capital of Ontario is the central hub for the entire province. It is also the centre of business as many corporations have their head offices in the province's capital. There is a wealth of services available for business meetings and travelers.
Toronto is a multicultural city made up of more than 80 ethnicities and 100 languages. Districts have been created by different multicultural groups, so taking a trip to China, Italy, or Greece is merely a "TTC" ride away.
Toronto boasts some of the best dining the world has to offer, there is something for every palate with an abundance of international cuisine, as well as a home grown flair. Toronto is also a shopping mecca with international flair, from specialty boutiques, to unique retailers to sprawling shopping centres. There is something for everyone's style and budget.
Fun for the family in Toronto is readily available. There is the Royal Ontario Museum, The Science Center, the CN Tower, SkyDome, Ontario Place, the Toronto Zoo, and numerous venues for entertainment. There are also miles of waterfront, beaches, boardwalks, and trails waiting to be explored or enjoyed with a leisurely walk.
Toronto is the undisputed entertainment capital of Canada - in large part due to the wealth of lavish Broadway-style musicals, homegrown productions, traveling road shows and classical concerts being staged at any given time. We encourage you to discover for yourself the quality of productions and talent in Toronto - it's nothing short of world-class. There are year round international film festivals, culture, music, and more.
One need not travel far for post secondary education while living in Toronto. The University of Toronto first opened its doors in 1843, followed by York University, Ryerson Polytechnic University and a number of community colleges.
Condo living in Toronto offers a simplistic lifestyle. Great views of the city, Lake Ontario, and inclusive recreational facilities are at your disposal. For new condominium developments pricing ranges anywhere from $130,000 to million dollar condos, that offer the most in luxurious living.
The town of Whitby is situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Durham Region, and is only 30 minutes from Downtown Toronto. Whitby is often referred to as Durham's Business Center, and it is no wonder as to why. The city has a strong and diverse industrial base that covers a range of industries. It is also home to many head offices for national and international companies.
Although Whitby is a town that is moving ahead to meet the needs of its residents, it also strives to keep the architectural history of the town in tact.
There is also a vast amount of park and recreational land for residents or visitors to explore and enjoy. Whitby's Rotary Park serves as a great venue for live musical performances, enjoy the music under a canopy of stars. The Civic Recreation Complex is a state of the art facility offering the best in cardio and fitness equipment, programming and fitness classes. The facility also features a 25 metre pool, water slide, jet training pool and sauna. On a grander scale, the Iroquois Park Sports Centre, Canada's largest municipal sports centre, is a year round facility where the whole family can participate in sports that include swimming, hockey, tennis, soccer, baseball, lacrosse and more. Sports teams and organizations host tournaments, special events, conferences or trade shows. Located adjacent to the Sports Centre is Port Whitby Marina, one of the finest recreational harbours on Lake Ontario.
Whitby is also home to Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village; a celebration of gardens, great food, and family fun. Cullen Gardens offer year round enjoyment for all ages.
First class living conditions add to the impressive lifestyle where residents can enjoy the natural beauty of lakeside settings and acres of open space. Well established communities offer all amenities; schools, shopping, recreational facilities, and public transit. Whitby has an excellent highly developed standardized public education system. In addition, private schools in Whitby offer the optimum in education. Durham College provides top quality programming within a modern applied learning environment.
The average cost of housing in Whitby ranges from $150,000 to $300,000, and are predominantly detached single family homes. There is also a variety of other properties available in Whitby; condos, apartments, and executive homes, offer something to meet everyone's budget and lifestyle.
The residents of the Town of Whitby enjoy a sense of community and a lifestyle characterized by a small-town atmosphere, yet with the sophistication and amenities of a large urban center.