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Living in Oshawa, Canada:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Oshawa, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Oshawa what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Oshawa has a beautiful botanical garden. In spring this garden houses approximately 300 varieties of peonies during the Peony Festival. This is usually around the second week of June. Visitors should also visit Parkwood Estate. Here you can make a reservation for high tea that is catered by local restaurant Berry Hill. It is decadent at $50 but recommended for a treat. You will have a view of the fountains while you enjoy your tea. Visit the gift shop on your way out. explore the gardens and take a picture of yourself in front of the estate. You may recognize the estate from appearances it has made in television shows and movies!

Until recently, Oshawa, Ontario, was known for its General Motors car plant. Unfortunately, General Motors has consolidated its operations and the plant has closed. Now, Oshawa is essentially a suburb of Toronto. There are ample educational and recreational opportunities available in Oshawa and the surrounding area. Oshawa has cold winters and moderate summer temperatures. It is on the north side of Lake Ontario.

Sébastien, says: 2020

Though traffic in Oshawa is, altogether, busy and often packed with drivers willing to perform badly while driving (to the extent of breaking the law in some cases), there are many other roads that lead to beautiful and plentiful fields of green and rich, luscious forests of gold, orange, and brown. Albeit only the autumn of course. Summer are filled with canopies of emerald maple leaves and the white and yellow daisies below them.

Oshawa is a small city, home to approximately 100,000 people. Oshawa looks and feels like a small town; however, it has many of the amenities of a larger city. Oshawa is also less than an hour from Toronto, which is the largest city in Canada. Oshawa is part of the Greater Toronto Area, referred to by locals as the GTA.

If moving to Oshawa, I strongly suggest avoiding the North region. As this city is one of the many belonging to the Greater Toronto Area, workers in Toronto choose to reside in neighboring suburban cities with affordable housing compared to housing in Toronto. In these instances, families prioritize the Northern neighborhoods because of the newer subdivisions being built and closer access to the highway. Consequently, the Northern region of Oshawa is becoming heavily trafficked.

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