10 Things to Do in Oshawa That You Shouldn't Miss

September 28, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Oshawa (2016 population 159,458; CMA 379,848) is a city in Ontario, Canada, on the Lake Ontario shoreline. It lies in Southern Ontario, approximately 60 kilometres east of Downtown Toronto. It is commonly viewed as the eastern anchor of the Greater Toronto Area and of the Golden Horseshoe. It is the largest municipality in the Regional Municipality of Durham. The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aazhaway, meaning "the crossing place" or just "(a)cross".
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1. Parkwood National Historic Site

270 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4T5, Canada +1 905-433-4311
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4.5 based on 297 reviews

Parkwood National Historic Site

An Autobaron's home of innovation and inspiration, and one of Canada's last grand estates. Immerse yourself in the era and lavish lifestyle of R. S. McLaughlin - founder of GM Canada. Beautifully preserved and so evocative of the jazz age & big band styles in automobiles, fashions, sporting life and garden parties. Get up close and personal with extensive access to historic spaces and fascinating stories of achievement and a life well-lived. Learn about the daily life of the large domestic staff that made this grand estate possible, and take a wander through the staff quarters to get a glimpse into the life of service.

Reviewed By travelbob1 - NorthEast

So how do you record a visit to share with others and remember back home? Take pictures! Why does this place forbid non-flash still photography? Copyrights? The walls, furniture and such are copyrighted? Somewhat of an odd explanation. Maybe the film companies that use this place have "exclusive" rights?
Anyway the tour was pleasant, The guide was cheerful and shared a lot about its owner and family.
The Gardens were OK but not stunning or picturesque, just pleasant rows of a few species of plants over and over again. The auto robotic lawnmower was a sight to see though.
Bring your walking shows and there are stairs to climb. But leave that camera turned off!

2. Canadian Automotive Museum

99 Simcoe St S, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 4G7, Canada +1 905-576-1222
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum collects and displays the history of the automobile in Canada. The museum is open: Monday-Friday 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm (April through October), Closed Public Holidays

Reviewed By Matyas7K - Oshawa, Canada

The Canadian Automotive Museum has old cars. Quite a lot of old cars. Near priceless antique cars. There is so much of Oshawa's history tucked into one building, that it is most definitely worth the time. Budget at least an hour and a half, but...MoreThank you - We're glad you enjoyed your visit. We have a multi-year plan in place to update the label content for both in the galleries and online, including French translations of all of the text panels.

3. White Feather Country Store

15 Raglan Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4, Canada +1 905-655-4752
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4.5 based on 257 reviews

White Feather Country Store

Reviewed By Andrew F

Its a store for locals. We were told to 'go back to the city' while shopping there by one of the workers. We are not townspeople and they know who is local and who is not.

4. Tribute Communities Centre

99 Athol St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1J8, Canada +1 905-438-8811
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4.5 based on 184 reviews

Tribute Communities Centre

Owned by the City of Oshawa, and managed by Spectra Venue Management, the Tribute Communities Centre opened in 2006 with a project cost of $45 million. As Durham Region’s premier Sports and Entertainment Facility, the Tribute Communities Centre provides a first-class home to the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League and the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame. The venue also boasts an in-house restaurant, Prospects Bar & Grill, which is open typically 2 hours prior to live and sporting events as well as throughout the week for the Durham Central Adult Hockey League (DCAHL). Since opening, the Tribute Communities Centre has hosted major Concerts and special events including Elton John, Cirque du Soleil, 2011 BDO Canadian Open, IIHF World Junior Pre-Competition, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Hedley, Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships, Selena Gomez and The Wiggles; just to name a few!

Reviewed By margaret l - Oshawa, Canada

Was a really great show, the Music could of been a little louder , but over all "great"
The Center was full, I've been to a few other shows at the center and lots of great seats, you can buy pop, popcorn , nacho's , beer and wine, and not to bad for prices.

5. Lakeview Park

Lakeview Park Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario L1J 7Z9, Canada
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Lakeview Park

Reviewed By daisymaeToronto - Oshawa, Canada

Lakeview park is beautiful and very big,its great for family picnics.Being right on lake ontario makes it even more beatiful.They have July 1 celebrations,autofest and ribfest.Sufficient parking except during special events,but there is parking within walking distance on those special event days

6. The Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum

1000 Stevenson Rd N, Oshawa, Ontario L1J 5P5, Canada +1 905-728-6199
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5 based on 57 reviews

The Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum

The Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum has a Historic collection of over 80 operational military vehicles including jeeps, trucks, carriers and tanks.

Reviewed By AdMan_Tor - Courtice, Canada

My wife took me here last year for part of my birthday celebrations.Entry cost was very reasonable (can't remember) and they had an excellent selection of exhibits. I have particular interest in WW1 and WW2 and there was some really neat militaria to see there. And of course the highlight is getting up close and personal with the mechanised armour. If you go on the right day you can see them operating the tanks on the field in the back.

72 Queen St | Civic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z3, Canada +1 905-576-3000
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The RMG is a vibrant, engaging public art museum located in Oshawa's civic centre between City Hall and the McLaughlin Public Library. The largest gallery in Durham Region, the RMG occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson. Featuring a Permanent Collection of over 4000 works, and four galleries of diverse and changing Exhibitions, the RMG holds a significant collection of Modern and Contemporary Canadian art, and the largest collection of works by Painters Eleven in Canada. Creative education programs, an eclectic gallery shop, fun monthly events, inspiring event spaces, an art archive and library, and two art studios are found at the RMG.

Reviewed By Andrew F

Always has new art. Alot of modern art in there. A nice classy cafe above the gallery. The staff are always helpfull and polite. This is a great place for anyone to try once. Art Lovers will love it !!

8. Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens

155 Gladstone Ave, Oshawa, Ontario L1J 4E8, Canada
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By SedonaRedRocky - Toronto, Canada

Our friends have been here several times and invited us to go on June 11th. Lovely peonies but for those going next year please beware of shuttle bus service. We were left stranded yesterday. Given the heat and visitors not knowing Oshawa streets, we were left hot, tired and lost. Some elderly patrons were stuck in the heat too. Perhaps the driver left his post early. We never received an explanation why the bus never showed up on Sunday. Please don't rely on this service so that your visit stays positive.
We also visited the arena to see the competition results some of the organizers were doing some kind of inventory at the time and were quite rude to those of us trying to admire the flowers. Isn't that why you invite people? To see and admire the flowers? Not to chase them away rudely. The outdoor display was lovely but these too experiences leave a negative mark on the experience and certainly a POOR impression to visitors.

9. Linton's Farm Market

571 Raglan Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4, Canada
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Linton's Farm Market

Reviewed By BBBLUEYES52 - Oshawa, Canada

Very good selections of a large range of vegetables pumpkins squash baked goods. Enjoyable visit to get local fruits and vegetables. Great space for children to play.

10. Regent Theatre

50 King St E, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B3, Canada +1 905-721-3399
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Regent Theatre

Regent Theatre is a live theatre venue which is owned and operated by the University of Ontario Institute of Ontario.

Reviewed By FrostyRoyal - Oshawa Ontario

We really like Abba and this show was top notch. Enjoyed it immensely. Having a live band was excellent. Changing of props was also handled well. This was the first big production put on at Regent Theatre. I hope they will have more. Go see...MoreThank you for the great review FrostyRoyal! We hope to see you in the future at the Regent Theatre.

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