Conveniently located just 30km from downtown Toronto, Oakville is a growing community of more than 180,000 people. Ranking #5 in the MoneySense Best Places to Live in Canada 2013, Oakville has a great reputation for being a safe city with plenty of high-paying jobs. It also has a very strong arts community and offers a small-town ambience on the shore of Lake Ontario. Plus it has the warmest, sunniest weather in Canada.
Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival
The Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival, one of the biggest in the GTA, is going on it’s 22nd year in 2014. Every summer, residents and tourists alike flood Downtown Oakville to enjoy some of the best jazz, folk, and rock music around on 6 different stages throughout the area. Lakeshore Road is closed to traffic for 3 days in the summer, and restaurants pour onto the streets with temporary patios, free samples, and licensed areas for people to enjoy.
Visit www.oakvillejazz.com for more information
Downtown Oakville is known across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond for it’s picturesque setting, world class restaurants, unique boutique shopping experience, and waterfront charm. The stretch along Lakeshore Road from Allan Street to Navy Street has been maintained to retain it’s historic charm, with many “heritage buildings” being protected.
Oakville Centre for Performing Arts
The Oakville Centre for performing arts provides live theatre for residents, with your choice of theatre, music, comedy or dance. The Centre puts on up to 260 performances per year, with many family-friendly options to choose from. Located right beside the Sixteen Mile Creek and Oakville Harbour, Oakville’s vibrant arts community is proud to have this state of the art facility to call their own.
There are many historic buildings in Downtown Oakville, and none moreso than Erchless Estate, where Oakville’s founding family once called home. Colonel William Chisholm, an enterprising merchant and shipbuilder, founded the Town of Oakville and built his home overlooking the harbour and Lake Ontario.
These days, visitors can enjoy that fantastic view and explore the building, grounds and neighbouring Lakeside Park. The Oakville Museum offers guided tours, changing exhibitions, special events and programs.
Visit www.oakville.ca/museum for more information
Oakville boasts over 1,420 hectares of parkland, more than 200 parks, playgrounds, dog parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, and 31 waterfront parks. There are also 150 kilometres of trails for residents to enjoy on their runs, walks, or bicycle rides. The two harbours give Oakville immense character, and act as the cornerstones of both Downtown Oakville and Downtown Bronte.