Oakville is a Southern Ontario suburban community with a population of about 200,000 located just 30 km southwest of Toronto.
Founded in the early 1800’s Oakville was once a thriving port for merchants and sailors. Today within the downtown area the neighbourhood of Old Oakville is home to many still-occupied heritage homes and buildings that date back to the original inhabitants of those days. These homes have been preserved in their original architectural style and add a special charm to the community.
Oakville lies within Halton Region and is considered to be part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Travel between Oakville and Toronto, either by car or train, only takes about 30 minutes making it an easy and inexpensive commute to Toronto for work, education, recreation or cultural activities.
Oakville itself offers 1,420 hectares of parkland and over 200 kilometres of recreational trails, more than 200 parks, garden plots, skateboard parks, splash pads, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbours and 31 waterfront parks.
The Town of Oakville promotes environmental initiatives to achieve a sustainable balance between between ongoing development and community interests so that Oakville remains a desirable and liveable community for its inhabitants over the long run.
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Oakville benefits from the weather-moderating effect of the lake so winters are relatively mild compared to Canadian norms.
The weather is especially pleasant from July through October making a wide range of outdoor sports and recreational activities very popular including golf, tennis, sailing, cycling, gardening and hiking. The world-renowned Glen Abbey Golf Club has played host to the Canadian Open which features the world’s top professional golfers.Popular winter sports for all ages include ice hockey, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and curling and there are a number of winter sports venues, located both within the community or conveniently in neighbouring communities.
Oakville has pre-schools, elementary schools, high schools and even post-secondary institutions such as Sheridan College. There are certain public and private schools particularly noted for their reputation and tradition of academic excellence.
As well as having its own local Arts Council, Oakville has its own museums, art galleries, libraries and a Performing Arts Centre. Oakville is also home to many cultural and community events including the Waterfront Festival, Jazz Festival, Midnight Madness, Santa Clause Parade and Polar Bear Swim, to name but a few. There are also live concerts and farmer’s markets held at a number of different venues around Oakville throughout the year.
A short trip to Toronto by train or car puts one within easy reach of all the professional sports teams whether it’s the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, or Toronto FC.
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