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Living In Oshawa - 10 Things To Know About Oshawa

10. Malls In Oshawa

The Oshawa Center Mall Located At Stevenson And Gibb In The Vanier District Of Oshawa Is Home To 1.2 Million Square Feet Of Mall Space And The Mall Recently Had A $230 Million Dollar Renovation.  Riocan Is Also Developing A 1.5 Million Square Foot Mall Which Will Be Located At Simcoe St. And Winchester In The North End Of Oshawa.  This Is Estimated To Open End Of 2022.


9. Great Place To Retire

 Mclean’s Ranked Oshawa 46th Best Place To Retire In Canada And 24th Best Place To Retire In Ontario.  This Is Mainly Due To The World Class Healthcare System, Strong Sense Of Community, Tons Of Walking Trails And A Few Wildlife Reserves.  Affordability Along With Close Proximity To Toronto Also Factored In To The Rankings.


8. Ranked 15th Smartest City In Canada

Mclean’s Ranked Oshawa As The 15th Smartest City In Canada.  This Is Due To The Fact That Oshawa Has 4 Post Secondary Schools Located Within The City.  Durham College, Ontario Tech University (Formally Uoit), Trent University - Remote Campus, Queens University - Remote Campus And The Oshawa Airport, Where You Can Learn How To Fly An Aircraft.  You Can Even Pay Approx. $200 For A 1 Hour Flight Lesson Where You Can Actually Fly The Plane Yourself - I Know All About This Since I Did This In The Summer Of 2018.


7. Emphasis On Arts And Culture

Oshawa Is Constantly Hosting Different Festivals And Events Throughout The City That Can Cater To Almost All Residents.  For More Information On Different Events And Festivals, Please Click Here.  There Are Also Many Galleries And Public Art Displays, Tons Of History And Heritage, Museums And Performing Arts.  Oshawa Is Also Rich In Arts, Culture And Heritage Programs.


6.  Car Insurance Is Lower

In 2012 When I Moved To Oshawa My Car Insurance Went Down $1,000.  I Was Paying $2,700 For My 2010 Mazda 3.  When I Moved To Oshawa Although I Was Now Driving An Extra 80 Km To Work One Way, My Car Insurance Went Down To $1,700.  I Couldn’t Believe It.  The Reason I Mention The Potential Savings In This Is Because It Will Help Offset The Property Tax Here In Oshawa.  You Guessed It, The Property Taxes Are Higher Here In Oshawa.  This Is Mainly Due To The Fact That Oshawa Is A City That Has Invested Tons Of Money To Grow The Economy Here.  Until The Population Gets Up There In Numbers, There Are Less People Paying Into Property Taxes, Meaning Each Person Has To Pay More.  Small Price To Pay For A Small Town Feel Within A Big City.


5. House Prices Are Affordable

Average House Price In Oshawa As Of October 2019 Was Just Shy Of $506,000 Vs. $852,000 In The Greater Toronto Area.


4.You Will Love Nature

Numerous Wildlife Reserves, Parks And Walking Trails Run Throughout Oshawa.  You Can Go From The North Of Oshawa All The Way To Lakeview Park (At Lake Ontario) Where You Can Take The Bike Path All The Way To Whitby, Ajax Or Pickering.  In Addition, There Is A Sandy Beach At Your Disposal.  Not To Mention The Famous Canada Day Celebration And Ribfest…..


3. Strong Sense Of Community

Did You Know That A Survey Was Conducted And 90% Of Residents Confess To Being Able To Count On 1 Person In Their Neighbourhood.  All In All This Is Mainly Due To The Fact That People Are Friendly And Care For One An Another.


2. You Must Support The Oshawa Generals

The Tribute Center Is Always Packed When There Is An Oshawa Generals Game On.  You Can Tell When There Is A Game When You Are Driving Downtown Oshawa Because All You See Are People Wearing Generals Jerseys.  The Oshawa Generals Have Also Had A Few Famous Players Over The Years: Bobby Orr, Eric Lindros, John Taveras And Dave Andreychuk To Name A Few.


1. Approximatly 60 Km From Toronto

Oshawa Is Approximately 60 Kms From Toronto And Accessible Via Train, Bus And Driving.  It Is A Short 55 Go Train Commute, 30 Via Rail Commute, And Only Around A 30 Min Drive To Downtown Toronto In Off Hours.  In Traffic It Could Take Around 2 Hours.  Tons Of Commuters Are Moving Out To Oshawa Because Of The Affordability And Commutability.