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Durham Region and the community

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The Durham Region

Durham College is situated in the heart of the Durham Region, a hub for sports, culture, education and music. As part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the region is 45 minutes from downtown Toronto and is considered a key centre for business development.

Bordered by lakes Ontario, Scugog and Simcoe the region provides an opportunity to enjoy waterfront trails, fishing and lush forests allowing you to connect with the fresh outdoors. More than 350 kilometres of recreational trails weave through the Durham Region for community members to hike or bicycle.

The region also serves as a culture and arts hub with several art galleries exhibiting contemporary, traditional and public art. Musical acts from the world-class philharmonic orchestra to a local band showcase at a pub or cafe perform regularly.

Escaping into rural Durham also opens an opportunity to enjoy local farmers’ markets and harvests. Take advantage of the various seasons by picking your own berries, apples or pumpkins at a local farm. Enjoy a country fair and taste-test fresh wines and ciders.

Attend any number of local sporting events; from college and university action to large international events. Take advantage of the world-class athletic facilities which exist throughout the region to support these high quality athletics.

Lend a hand by joining one of the various charitable organization within the region. Join in with the giving culture and volunteer for a local event or non-profit organization.

Living in Oshawa, Whitby or Pickering gives you the opportunity to experience the benefits of living in a smaller community, enjoying the friendly atmosphere and a lower cost of living, without missing out on the easily accessible excitement of the big city – you get the best of both worlds!

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10 ways to explore your new home

Durham Region’s central location means there is lots to see and do. Below are some fun ways to explore your new surroundings.

  1. Take a day trip to see the spectacular Niagara Falls. Don’t forget your camera.
  2. Check out some of the big attractions in Toronto including the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Zoo or Canada’s Wonderland.
  3. Attend a major sporting event at one of Toronto’s huge stadiums. Choose from basketball, baseball, soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse and many more.
  4. Stay local and check out the Ontario Hockey League’s team the Oshawa Generals. Bobby Orr and Eric Lindros are among the team alumni.
  5. Take a trip back in time and visit the Parkwood National Historic Site, former home of the founder of General Motors Canada and featured in such films as Billy Madison and X-Men.
  6. Hit the slopes and try snow skiing or snowboarding at Blue Mountain Resort. Several local hills are also nearby.
  7. See your favorite musician, band or artist perform either in Oshawa or Toronto.
  8. Go for a hike around local pristine wildlife reserves and conservation areas including Lynde Shores, Heber Downs and Greenwood.
  9. Go camping under the stars and cook marshmallows over an open fire in the oldest provincial park in Canada, Algonquin Park.
  10. Go shopping at the local Oshawa Centre home to 200 retail shops, or head to one of many factory outlet and shopping centres nearby.

Distances from the GTA to popular destinations

Distances from the GTA to popular destinations
From To KM Drive Fly
Oshawa Toronto 60 km 45m --
Oshawa Niagara Falls 128 km 1h 50m --
Toronto Montreal 540 km 4h 50m 1h 10m
Toronto Vancouver 4382 km -- 4h 40m
Toronto New York City 789 km -- 1h 30m

“I enjoy living in Oshawa. It is a friendly community and provides me with a natural surrounding and motivating learning environment. I especially enjoy spending time at Lake Ontario and in the city centre. The bus service for downtown Toronto comes frequently.”

Priyanka Bharatbhai Lad from India
Current student studying Electronic Engineering Technician (Compressed Fast-Track)

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