This area outside of Toronto is more than just a neighborhood. It is a city on the shore of Lake Ontario, and it is a well-known place for sports and entertainment.
Oshawa also has a lot of parks and trails and a lot of cultural things to do. This makes it a great place to live and a great place to go on vacation.
Since most tourists only go as far as Toronto, they often miss Oshawa. But it has a lot to offer, especially if you are looking for a place to relax and have fun. Here are the best things to do in Oshawa if you ever find yourself there:
1. Check out cars
The Canadian Automotive Museum is one of the most popular places to see in the city. Come here to look at cars, especially ones made in Canada.
The 2,300-square-meter museum is in a building that used to be a car lot. It is now full of cars that were made as far back as 1902.
The museum has two floors, and the second floor is where you can see cars made in Canada. You can expect to see a 1908 De Dion-Bouton Rpadster, a 1926 Bentley 3 litre Speed Model, a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, a 1957 Dodge Regent, and a lot of other great cars as you walk through the museum.
2. Walk around a large property
Samuel McLaughlin, who started General Motors of Canada, used to live on the Parkwood Estate. The beautiful property is now open to everyone.
Walk around the estate and look at the landscaping, architecture, and the mansion’s interior design. The furniture, artwork, memorabilia, and books are all set up the same way they were when the family lived there.
Parkwood Estate is now part of a national historic site. It has 55 rooms and a beautiful garden that is often used for weddings and photo shoots.
3. Check out art
At the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, you can look at new and modern Canadian art. The group of abstract artists known as the Painters Eleven opened the gallery and have their work on display there.
Look at the art on the walls as you walk around the gallery. The gallery owns more than 4,500 pieces of art.
Painters Eleven artists’ paintings, prints, and sculptures can be seen all over the gallery, especially those by Alexandra Luke, who opened the gallery.
4. Learn about Canada’s military
The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Museum has been open to the public since 1980. If you want to learn more about the Canadian Forces, the museum is a great place to visit.
The museum collects and keeps artifacts and history about the Canadian Forces, especially the Ontario Regiment, which is based in Oshawa. It also has the most armored vehicles of any place in the country.
You can see vehicles like the leopard 1A5, M60, universal carrier, ferret scout car, and many others at the Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Museum. Also on show are weapons, uniforms, and medals.
5. Take a long ride or walk
The Waterfront Trail is 994 miles long and goes from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Brockville. Along the way, it goes through Oshawa. It is a great place to go for a walk or ride a bike in the city.
Along the edge of Lake Ontario, the trail goes through the whole city. Some parts are off-road and some are on-road.
Along the trail, there are two lookout points and a few places to park your car and use the bathroom. This part of the trail is one of the most important coastal wetland remnants in the whole area.
6. Visit a park
Just east of the city on Lake Ontario is the beautiful Darlington Provincial Park. Even though it’s small, it’s a nice place to spend a day.
There is a lot of wildlife in Darlington Provincial Park, such as white-tailed deer, coyotes, grey wolves, and monarch butterflies. There are so many butterflies that protecting them is part of a program.
There are three campgrounds on site if you want to stay longer. There is also a beach, trails for hiking, and places to have a picnic.
7. Sniff the flowers
The Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden runs from Adelaide Avenue to Gibb Street along the Oshawa Creek. This group of parks is a great place to take a break and smell the roses.
The gardens are open all year, but the best time to see them is in the summer. There are beautiful trails, pavilions, picnic areas, and a playground for kids to enjoy in the gardens.
Some parts of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden have places to sit and relax as well as places to work out. It is a popular place for wedding photos, so you might want to avoid going there on the weekends.
8. Have a party in Oshawa
Or, go to the Oshawa Museum to learn about the city’s past. The historical museum is both a museum and a place to keep important documents.
There are things in the museum that date back to the 15th century, and they all show how the city has changed over time. There are two buildings with permanent collections. Both of them were built in the 1800s.
The archaeology exhibit is in Robinson House, which is a living museum. The Guy House, the third building at the Oshawa Museum, is closed to the public.
9. Go hiking in a wildlife reserve
In the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve, there are about 7 km of trails for walking and biking. Some of these trails are made of cut grass, and others are made of gravel, wood, or hard surfaces.
There are 11 trails to choose from at the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve, but most people walk on more than one. One of the trails was made especially for people who can’t see.
There are three ways to get in, and two of them have places to park cars. The reserve also has a few information booths, points of view, and picnic areas.
10. Look at animals
At the Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm, you can even play with the animals. The nine-hectare zoo is home to more than 45 different kinds of animals.
At the Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm, you can see domestic animals like sheep, pigs, mini donkeys, belted Galloways, and goats. You will also see wallabies, llamas, lemurs, monkeys, and camels.
The zoo often takes in animals that have been abandoned or hurt. Some of the animals you will see were once these ones, but they have been fed and loved since then.