Neighbourhoods

Where to Live
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Downtown Toronto

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Areas include: St. Lawrence, Harbourfront, Cabbagetown, Yorkville, Rosedale, Moore Park, The Annex, Forest Hill, Oakwood Village, Humewood Hillcrest and Regal Heights.

St. Lawrence
A trove of gastronomic treasures, the St. Lawrence Market, at Front and Jarvis streets, exactly where the old Town of York was founded in 1793‚ bustles with shoppers every Saturday morning. The neighbourhood surrounding the market is vibrant and colourful. Historic brick buildings, authentic and glowing with the warm patina of age, have been renovated to house offices and shops. New buildings, including rentals and co-ops, blend in beautifully. For homeowners, there are a number of condominium developments near the market. Rentals can be pricey.

Harbourfront
Located on sparkling Lake Ontario, this area has everything from public gardens to dinner and theatre in one scenic space. Once a dismal area of factories and warehouses, Harbourfront now features many luxury condominiums with spectacular city and lake views. The nearby lakeside walking trail is ideal for cyclists and joggers. Or, hop on the ferry and spend a day on the islands. Harbourfront Centre offers a host of year-round cultural activities; Queens Quay Terminal supplies great shopping.

Cabbagetown
Once considered a working-class area, Cabbagetown, with its renovated Victorian homes and local parks and pubs, has become popular with higher-income singles, couples and families alike. Bordered by Sherbourne Street, the Don Valley Parkway (DVP), Bloor Street East and Gerrard Street, Cabbagetown is home to Riverdale Farm, which maintains heritage breed animals, and Allan Gardens, a botanical garden with magnificent Victorian-style greenhouses.

Yorkville
Like Hollywood in the heart of the city, Yorkville is for those who want to see and be seen. This trendy hotspot is the destination of choice for high-end shopping, exclusive dining and celebrity spotting. Local and imported celebrities, business moguls and artists alike shop and take meetings in the local establishments. There are a number of small, private galleries in Yorkville proper, and the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art are close by. Residences include luxury condominiums and some beautiful Victorian houses.

Rosedale
Rosedale is one of Torontos most elegant neighbourhoods. Its leafy green vibrancy, winding streets and magnificent homes lend this posh area its unrivalled charm. Fabulous Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian and Tudor-style homes predominate, some of which have been converted into upscale apartment rentals. This primarily residential community is loosely bound by Davenport Road to the south and St. Clair Avenue to the north, and is within easy walking distance of Yonge and Bloor streets, both of which offer terrific shopping.

Moore Park
Located just north of Rosedale and east of Mount Pleasant Road, Moore Park is a residential community of gracious older homes on quiet streets. The Moore Park Ravine, which follows the route of the former Belt Line Railway, passes through Rosedale Ravine and Mount Pleasant Cemetery ‚ a veritable sanctuary for birds. Moore Park is a short drive away from some fine retail shops located in and around Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue.


The Annex
Notoriously an artists haven, the Annex is a mosaic of cultures and classes. Loosely defined by Dupont, Bloor and Bathurst streets and Avenue Road, the Annex borders the University of Toronto St. George campus. It's no surprise many professors and students live here. Housing is a mix of Victorian, Queen Anne, Edwardian and Georgian homes, as well as modern developments and apartment high-rises. Many of the homes have been subdivided into rental apartments. Commerce on Bloor Street is homey and comfortable: little restaurants with affordable fare and inviting patios nestle in with mom-and-pop clothing stores and South American craft shops.

Forest Hill
Located between Eglinton and St. Clair avenues, and Oriole Parkway and Bathurst Street, this upscale residential neighbourhood offers the quiet beauty of lush tree-lined streets with the convenience of downtown amenities. The Village, a lively little commercial centre, lies at Forest Hills centre, with its banks, cafes, restaurants, salons and greengrocers. The area is also home to two of Canadas most exclusive private schools: Bishop Strachan School for girls, and Upper Canada College for boys.

Oakwood Village, Humewood Hillcrest and Regal Heights
Along St. Clair West Avenue between Bathurst and Dufferin streets you'll find a colourful commercial mix: Chinese greengrocers, small Colombian and Peruvian eateries, trendy Italian restaurants... This neighbourhood, which extends north and south for several blocks, offers a mix of housing. More upscale homes line tree-lined streets just off St. Clair. Further north and south you'll find more affordable detached or semi-detached houses, along with a few apartment buildings, usually low-rise.

North Toronto

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Areas Include: Yonge & Eglinton and Davisville Village

Yonge and Eglinton
This animated intersection boasts excellent entertainment with shopping complexes, restaurants, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, movie theatres and nightclubs. Despite being nicknamed‚Young and Eligible, this area north of Eglinton and south of Lawrence avenues, between Bayview Avenue and Bathurst Street, has a lot to recommend to both families and singles. Often referred to as North Toronto, it has a comfortable mix of housing types, including semi-detached and attached houses, bungalows, lofts, townhomes and high-rises. Due to its popularity, housing prices run fairly high.

Davisville Village
Another residential community popular with both singles and families, Davisville Village lies north of Merton Street and south of Eglinton Avenue, between Yonge Street and Bayview Avenue. There are a number of schools in the area, and the Yonge subway line and Bayview Extension make it easy to get downtown. Appealing restaurants, clubs, fine boutiques and antique shops abound along Mount Pleasant Road and Bayview Avenue. The area features apartment complexes in mature, park-like settings, plus well-established pockets of single-family homes.

East Toronto

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Areas include: Riverdale, Leslieville, and The Beach.

Riverdale
Once called Riverside, Riverdale is a popular family neighbourhood running east of the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) to just beyond Pape Avenue, and extending several blocks north and south from Danforth Avenue. The Danforth strip often referred to as Greektown which features pubs, lounges, clothing and curio shops, as well as fantastic restaurants serving up scrumptious souvlaki and moussaka. Each summer, get a big dose of the flavours, sights and sounds of Greek culture at the Taste of the Danforth street festival. Year-round, you can browse the produce at many appealing greengrocers, or patronize The Big Carrot, which offers organic produce, health food and other natural products.

Leslieville
Nestled between Riverdale and The Beach, this up-and-coming east-end neighborhood is a harmonious combination of city life and breezy beach-town life; nearby Toronto Film Studios adds a touch of Hollywood. Boutiques, bakeries, coffee shops, organic butchers and grocers decorate the main Queen Street strip but the area remains a calm and quiet place for strolling and window shopping. Leslieville is also a trove of gastronomic treasures, such as Tomi Kro and the notorious Nose restaurant. The area is popular with families, as most of its real estate consists of detached and semi-detached homes and townhouses; apartment complexes are sparse.

The Beach
Feel like you're in a quaint beach town without ever leaving the city. Ever popular, The Beach is inhabited by families, singles and students. Located north of Lake Ontario and south of Kingston Road, between Coxwell and Victoria Park avenues, the area features an appealing array of eclectic shops and restaurants. In summer, the three-kilometre lakeside boardwalk, beach volleyball courts and annual Beaches Jazz festival draw thousands. Much of the housing stock is modest, and therefore suitable for couples needing a starter home. That fact, combined with the prime location and increased interest from young professionals working downtown, has pushed prices up. Here you’ll find detached and semi-detached family homes, townhouses and condos.

West Toronto

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Areas Include: High Park, Bloor West Village and Parkdale.

High Park
High Park consists of both a huge 398-acre park and residential neighbourhood. The very popular park encompasses hiking and running trails, extensive gardens, a small zoo, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and tennis courts. Each summer, the Dream in High Park, an outdoor Shakespearean theatre production, entertains for a small donation. The surrounding community offers tree-lined streets and substantial homes, making this a very desirable location. Rental accommodations range from units in older three-storey walk-ups to more modern buildings.

Bloor West Village
Brimming with historical charm, Bloor West Village is a neighbourhood highly favoured by families. Many of the areas homes with their deep porches and abundant wood trim that were built between 1912 and 1923, creating a pleasant consistency from street to street. The area is a shoppers delight, including accessory, home decor and clothing boutiques, bookstores, bakeries, specialty food shops and convenience stores. Most housing is owner-occupied, but rentals are available.

Parkdale
Parkdale is a lakeside neighbourhood hidden away in the citys southwest corner. Low-rent apartments next to freeways had pulled down the tone of the area, but thats changing as more young professionals vie for elegant new housing complexes and beautiful turn-of-the-century homes. The neighbourhood is conveniently located close to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) grounds. Housing options are excellent, as Torontos upper-middle class at one time inhabited the neighbourhood. Real estate and rental prices are reasonable relative to other downtown areas.

Toronto - East York

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Areas Include: Leaside, Bennington Heights, Governors Bridge, Thorncliffe Park, Todmorden Village, East York, Crescent Town, Woodbine Gardens, Topham Park, Parkview Hills.

In the late-1800s East York was the site of the Don Valley Brick Works, which supplied bricks for much of Toronto. Now, the Don riverside ecosystem offers abundant parklands, bike paths, and hiking trails amid luxuriant woods. Residents can choose among a variety of housing types, ranging from high-rises in Crescent Town, to single-family homes in Leaside. Much of East York is zoned for commercial development, and it hosts many businesses, including the Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

Toronto - Etobicoke

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Areas include: Smithfield, Thistletown, Rexdale, The Elms, Kingsview Village, Richview, Humber Heights, Centennial Park, West Deane Park, Princess Ann Manor/Gardens, Thorncrest Village, Humber Valley Village, Markland Woods, Eatonville, Islington Village, The Kingsway, Sunnylea, The Queensway, Humb

Etobicoke is renowned for such exceptional neighbourhoods as The Kingsway, threaded by elegant streets such as Prince Edward and Queen Anne. Parts of Etobicoke have a wide open, suburban feel, and there is a variety of housing options, from older homes and high-rise apartments, to newer condo townhouses on Lake Shore Boulevard. Etobicoke is blessed with vast tracts of parkland, including the 525-acre Centennial Park, offering golf, skiing, baseball and swimming at the world-class Olympium.

Toronto - North York

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Areas Include: Humber Summit, Emery, Humberlea, Elia, Downsview, Amesbury, Glen Park, Lawrence Heights, Lawrence Manor, Newtonbrook, Willowdale, Lansing, Armour Heights, Ledbury Park, Caribou Park, Cricket Club, Hoggs Hollow, Bayview Village, York Mills, Windfields, Bridle Path, Flemingdon, Don Mil

Toronto - Scarborough

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Areas Include: L'Amoreaux, Milliken, Agincourt, Malvern, Hillside, Maryvale, Wexford, Clairlea, Oakridge, Birch Cliff, Dorset Park, Bendale, Scarborough Junction, Cliffside, Cliffcrest, Woburn, Scarborough Village, Guildwood, West Hill, Highland Creek, Rouge Hill, Port Union, West Rouge.

York Region

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Areas Include: Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Aurora, Newmarket, King, Whitchurch-Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, and Georgina.


Markham
www.city.markham.on.ca
Tel: 905-477-7000

The largest of York Regions nine communities, over 260,000 people call Markham home. Comprised of four communities Markham Village, Unionville, Milliken and part of Thornhill the town is conveniently located just 30 minutes northeast of Toronto.

There are approximately 860 technology-based companies located here, employing over 35,000 people in computers, electronics and financial service sectors. Corporate headquarters include: IBM, ATI Technologies, American Express, Motorola Canada, Philips Electronics, Lucent Technologies and Apple Canada. The town business success has in no way detracted from its natural beauty and history both of which Markham is dedicated to preserving. An award-winning Community In Bloom, Markham uniquely features two Main Streets, one in upscale Unionville, the other in old-town Markham. Both streets feature heritage buildings, interlocking-brick sidewalks and quaint gas street lamps.There is an ever-expanding parks network throughout Markham, including Milne Dam Conservation Park, a 270-acre natural area on the Rouge River. Toogood Pond, conveniently located close to Unionville Main Street, is another popular scenic spot. Markhams many parks are host to festive occasions throughout the year, including Canada Day events. Art galleries, festivals, museums, quaint shops, and casual and fine dining establishments are plentiful in Markham and Unionville. The town has its own theatre, an excellent facility in its 21st year of staging high-calibre productions. Recreational activities and facilities abound. Currently there are 12 golf courses, six pools, 10 arenas/skating rinks, 16 recreation and community centres as well as 15 tennis locations. Plans for another community centre are currently underway. New housing developments here cater to both first-time buyers and families looking to upsize. While housing has traditionally consisted of detached homes, an increasing number of condominiums, townhouses and semi-detached homes are available.

Richmond Hill
www.richmondhill.ca
Tel: 905-771-8800

Home to over 162,000, Richmond Hill is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport. It is served by GO Transit, the north-south routes of Yonge Street and Highway 404, and the east-west routes of highways 401, 7 and 407.Richmond Hill is home to four major business parks spanning approximately 1,500 acres. There are over 5,100 businesses located here, including Apotex, Ronalds (Quebecor) Printing Incorporated, Rogers Communications, Compugen Systems, Royal Bank of Canada, and the community largest employer, York Central Hospital. Industries include information technology and printing and publishing and a growing biotech sector.Richmond Hill continues to thrive in residential and employment growth, and in 2004 posted a near-record $534 million in building-permit values. Major employment investment recently has seen the completion of head offices for Mazda Canada and Staples Canada, as well the expansion and doubling of the largest private employer, Apotex. In the Village on the Hill downtown core, a Richmond Hill theatre is approved and planned for the Old Town Hall site on Yonge Street. North of Yonge and Major Mackenzie Drive, Tridel condominiums are well underway.Despite its continued growth both in economy and population, the town retains its visual identity and heritage, and there is a surprising amount of green space with over 130 parks and natural areas. There are extensive bike and walking trails, ballparks, arenas, community centres, golf courses, an indoor wave pool and even a series of glacial kettle lakes. Richmond Hill also has the distinction of being home to the David Dunlap Observatory, a science complex famous for its black-hole discovery and the site of Canadas largest optical telescope. An average of 2,000 new homes are constructed every year in Richmond Hill and housing options here are similar to adjoining communities in that you'll find condominiums, townhomes, waterfront homes and, to a greater extent, single-family detached dwellings.


Vaughan
www.city.vaughan.on.ca
Tel: 905-832-2281

At the GTA's geographical centre, Vaughan consists of the communities of Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Kleinburg and part of Thornhill. One of Canadas fastest-growing cities, its current population is over 230,000. Over 7,000 businesses are located here, including Vaughan Mills mall, which features over one million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment.
Woodbridge is one Vaughan's largest communities. This affluent, primarily Italian community prides itself on exceptional stores and restaurants, and numerous movie theatres. Developed around a waterway, Woodbridge is attractive and family-oriented, with newly developed subdivisions and custom-built estates. Also predominantly Italian, Maple is home to Canada's most famed tourist destination, Canada's Wonderland. Steeped in heritage, many of Maple's new home neighbourhoods reflect the community's original Victorian-style village. Thornhill is Vaughan's most densely populated and ethnically diverse community. Bordering Toronto and Markham, Thornhill's designated heritage district, where Yonge and Centre streets meet, features shopping, restaurants and a variety of business services.Established in 1848, the village of Kleinburg maintains the atmosphere of early Canadian tradition and architecture. The village is home to the Kortright Centre, Canadas largest environmental centre.


Aurora
www.town.aurora.on.ca
Tel: 905-727-1375

Aurora's historic buildings and tree-lined streets never fail to charm. With a population approaching 50,000, Aurora offers a small-town lifestyle and a wealth of business opportunities.

The growth and expansion of Aurora's industrial and commercial sectors, coupled with the recent population increase has resulted in a strong housing-construction market and a range of housing styles. Although single-family residences dominate here, Aurora also offers semi-detached, street townhouses and apartment units.Commuters will appreciate that Highway 404 runs through Aurora, as does Yonge Street, the world's longest street. York Region and GO Transit services provide residents with integrated connections within the region and throughout the GTA.The town offers plenty to do for residents of all ages, from outdoor skating rinks in winter to the Splash Pad water park in summer. Aurora's 500 acres of parkland, pedestrian trail systems, playing fields, skateboard and BMX facilities, championship golf courses, first-class recreational complexes, and superb sporting and cultural facilities provide a quality of life second to none.


Newmarket
www.town.newmarket.on.ca
Tel: 1-877-550-5575

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Peel Region

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Areas include: Mississauga, Caledon, and Brampton.

Mississauga
www.mississauga.ca
Tel: 905-896-5000

Canadas sixth largest city is located on Lake Ontarios shore. One of the Golden Horseshoes most affluent cities, Mississauga has grown in population and amenities since its formation in 1974. Home to over 695,000 residents, it has a reputation for being one of Canadas safest communities.The city has excellent facilities and beautiful parks. Residents can take advantage of numerous public libraries, swimming pools, fitness centres and indoor ice rinks. Residents are served by highways 401, 427, 407, 403, 409, 410 and the QEW, as well as Mississauga Transit, Ontarios third-largest transit system.Shopping needs are well served by Square One, Erin Mills Town Centre and Dixie Outlet Mall. For a more quaint shopping experience, visit the specialty shops of Port Credit Village, Clarkson Village and the Village of Streetsville. In the summer months, the waterfront is the place to be. The area includes: Credit Village Marina, a 63-slip for transient boats; Lakefront Promenade Park, one of Ontarios largest waterfront developments; and a waterfront trail providing 22 kilometres of continuous pedestrian, cycling and in-line skating routes winding along Lake Ontarios shoreline.From style to surroundings, housing options in Mississauga are diverse, ranging from fully- or semi-detached homes, townhomes or condos set in urban, waterfront or green-belt environments. Detached units currently dominate, but in 25 years, medium- and high-density is expected to account for half the citys housing mix.

Caledon
www.town.caledon.on.ca
Tel: 905-584-2272

Peels largest municipality, the town of Caledon covers over 680 square kilometres of land and has a population of 54,000. The communities of Bolton, Palgrave, Caledon East, Inglewood, Cheltenham, Mayfield West, Terra Cotta, Belfountain, Alton, Cataract, and Mono Mills all lie within its borders.Located on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, theres much to do in Caledon, including visiting country fairs, trade and craft shows and historic villages with specialty shops and galleries. Green space is plentiful; the Caledon Trailway is enjoyed year-round for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.Commuters have easy access to highways 401, 9, 50 and 10, Pearson International Airport, GO Transit and downtown Toronto. However, there are numerous local business opportunities; over 500 firms are located in the Bolton South Hill Industrial Area. Plastics, steel, wood manufacturing and transportation-related businesses are among the areas main industries.Caledon provides a diversity of housing types ranging from large country-estate developments to small non-profit apartments. The majority of housing developments consist of detached homes.


Brampton
www.city.brampton.on.ca
Tel: 905-874-2000

Home to over 430,000 people and expanding steadily, Brampton is Canadas 14th largest city. Directly north of Mississauga, it is adjacent to Pearson International Airport and highways 401, 410, 427 and 407.The area features an abundance of shopping, leisure and recreation opportunities and facilities. Brampton has more parks per capita than any other municipality in Canada. Residents have access to a top-notch hospital and other specialized medical services and facilities.Brampton honours its heritage with the preservation and utilization of historical buildings. Treasures include the entire heritage village of Churchville.Housing in Brampton is still relatively inexpensive and becoming increasingly diverse as a result of one of the biggest housing booms of all the 905 municipalities.

Halton Region

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Areas include: Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills, and Milton.

Burlington
www.burlington.ca
Tel: 905-335-7777

Located on Lake Ontarios north shore, between Hamilton and Toronto, Burlington is Haltons largest city. Nearly 165,000 residents call it home.Burlington businesses and residents enjoy easy access to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and highways 403, 407 and 427. Major employers include Cogeco Cable, Boehringer Ingleheim and Gennum Corporation. There are over 40 retail plazas, malls and centres, including the Burlington Mall and Mapleview Centre.There are a range of services and activities available, including pools, sports arenas, tennis courts, and sports fields. Other popular activities include golfing, sailing, boating and horseback riding. The waterfront is a big part of the citys history and remains a valued community asset. Plans for its revitalization include a pier and marina, and expanded trail networks.New home sites continue to rise here. Housing options run the gamut from townhouse developments and single-family dwellings for first-time buyers, to estate properties on golf courses.


Oakville
www.town.oakville.on.ca
Tel: 905-845-6601

Oakvilles population exceeds 165,000. The towns close proximity to downtown Toronto just a 30-minute drive away‚ holds great appeal for homebuyers.Several harbours and marinas make Oakville a wonderland for water enthusiasts. The towns extensive shoreline is home to Bronte Harbour on 12 Mile Creek and Oakville Harbour on 16 Mile Creek near the downtown core.Nature lovers can explore acres of park space, some of which is connected by trails. Most notably, Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a year-round playground featuring campsites, a petting zoo, ice rink, hiking and biking trails, a recreation centre with tennis courts and one of North Americas largest man-made pools.Shoppers can frequent the variety of retail outlets and eateries of Oakvilles historic downtown, multicultural Kerr Village or the quaint waterfront village of Bronte West Oakville. Oakville Place is the towns largest mall, featuring over 95 retailers.Oakville is convenient to highways 407, 403 and the QEW, with easy access to Highway 401. Oakville Transit operates routes connecting to Burlingtons and Mississaugas transit systems, as well as GO Transit.


Halton Hills
www.town.halton-hills.on.ca
Tel: 905-873-2601

Located near some of Southern Ontarios prettiest countryside, yet just a 40-minute drive from Toronto, Halton Hills is comprised of two urban centres‚ Georgetown and Acton as well as a number of hamlets and smaller communities.The areas 55,000 residents are well served by the GO trains and busses. VIA Rail stops in Georgetown and provides service to Toronto and southwestern Ontario.There are several forested and scenic hiking trails and four conservation areas. Residents also enjoy access to two pools, numerous aquatic and active-living programs, six golf courses, and wildlife preserves.Georgetown, population 32,000, is Halton Hills largest community. In its charming downtown you can browse antique shops, art galleries and farmers markets. Acton, population 8,500, is renowned for its historical tannery and leather industry. Fairy Lake, in Prospect Park, is a popular fishing and boating spot. Comparable homes in Acton cost less than in Georgetown.Limehouse, Stewarttown, Norval, Hornby, Glen Williams and Ballinafad, are the villages and hamlets surrounding Acton and Georgetown. Each has its own unique and rich history.


Milton
www.town.milton.on.ca
Tel: 905-878-7252

A unique blend of town and country, Milton is located alongside the picturesque Niagara Escarpment at the centre of Halton. About 54,000 residents call this safe community home. From Victorian homes and rural estate subdivisions to a complete selection of new houses, theres a home to fit just about every taste. Milton also has one of the lowest tax rates in the GTA. The town provides easy access to highway, rail and air transportation. For those who want to work close to home, Milton has a strong and diversified industrial base.The areas abundant green space, including the 85-acre Kelso Conservation Area, makes it ideal for lovers of the outdoors. There are also Town-run sports facilities where programs are offered for all ages.

Durham Region

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Areas include: Pickering, Oshawa, Ajax, WHitby, Clarington, Brock, Scugog, and Uxbridge.

Pickering
www.cityofpickering.com
Tel: 905-420-2222

Forty kilometres east of Toronto, Pickering is bordered by farmland to the north, parks along the Rouge Valley to the west, and Lake Ontario to the south.Convenient access to highways 2, 401 and 407 makes getting around the GTA easy for Pickerings 90,000+ residents. Ajax-Pickering Transit also serves the area.Though Pickering is home to one of North Americas largest nuclear generating stations, as well as significant industrial, commercial and office developments, 220 hectares of the city is dedicated to parkland. The recent creation of an inviting waterfront trail along with a boardwalk, water-spray park and sandy play areas add to Pickerings Frenchmans Bay, a natural harbour. Adjacent to the westerly boundary of Pickering is Rouge Park, one of North Americas largest urban parks.Pickering has its share of apartment buildings and high-rise condominiums, but family-sized townhomes, semis and detached houses are more common. Housing prices here are higher than in neighbouring Ajax, but significantly lower than in Toronto.


Oshawa
www.city.oshawa.on.ca
Tel: 1-800-667-4292

Located 50 kilometres east of Toronto on Lake Ontario, Oshawa, population 141,000, is perhaps best known as the Canadian head quarters of General Motors.Commuting is easy via GO Transit or highways 401 and 407. For those preferring to work locally, Oshawa enjoys a diversified economic base, enhanced by its proximity to Toronto and the rest of the GTA.Oshawa offers parks, beautiful historic homes and cultural opportunities. Thanks to an aggressive renewal plan, Oshawas downtown is a pedestrian-friendly place to shop and visit. To the south is Oshawas waterfront, which includes a nine-kilometre portion of the Waterfront Trail and the scenic Lakeview Park. Other attractions include Second Marsh, the GTAs largest remaining coastal wetland.

Oshawa boasts an excellent housing inventory ranging from stately, established neighbourhoods surrounding the city core to new subdivisions, particularly in the north end. A family-oriented community, the new-home market features plenty of large single-family homes and townhomes. The price of a house in Oshawa is considerably less than a comparable house in Toronto.


Ajax
www.townofajax.com
Tel: 905-683-4550

Located on Lake Ontarios northern shore, just 20 minutes east of Toronto, the town of Ajax is one of Ontarios fastest-growing areas. Currently, about 90,000 people live here. Residents enjoy access to full range of services and amenities including excellent shopping. Big-box stores line Highway 2, while the Durham Centre, close to Pickering Village, houses stores such as Chapters, Future Shop and Winners.Ajax is blessed with 465 acres of green space. The towns waterfront features six kilometres of largely undeveloped shoreline. Residents also enjoy access to first-rate golf courses, community centres and the unique Higher Ground Rock Climbing facility a one of the few of its kind in the GTA. Ajax offers a vibrant mix of established and new neighbourhoods. Housing prices are lower here than in neighbouring Pickering and are significantly lower than in Toronto.

Whitby
www.town.whitby.on.ca
Tel: 905-668-5803

On Lake Ontarios north shore, 48 kilometres east of Toronto, Whitby includes the village of Brooklin and hamlets of Myrtle and Ashburn. Over 110,000 people live here presently. The town boasts some of Ontarios finest restored heritage buildings. Downtown, known as Pearson Lanes, features a unique development of historical homes now housing individual boutiques. Other shopping opportunities include seven plazas and a big-box power centre.Residents have access to a full range of amenities and services, including health-care, modern schools, public transit and an extensive variety of recreational facilities.The area features a strong industrial base with industries such as plastics, packaging, steel and telecommunications. Those who work outside Whitby can access the GTA via highways 401, 2, 12 and 7. Whitby also has its own public-transit system; GO Transit service is also available.Affordable housing prices are part of Whitbys attraction. With its 100+ parks, waterfront trail system, recreational harbour and diverse arts and culture opportunities, its an attractive place to call home.


Clarington
www.municipality.clarington.on.ca
Tel: 905-623-3379

Also on Lake Ontarios north shore, just east of Oshawa, the municipality of Clarington is a collection of communities including Bowmanville, Courtice, Newcastle and Orono, as well as over a dozen small villages and hamlets.Currently home to nearly 78,000 residents, Claringtons population is expected to climb as more homebuyers discover the charms of this unspoiled community. Certainly, affordable housing prices have much to do with the attraction; homes in Bowmanville, for example, are substantially lower than in Toronto.An older community, much of Bowmanvilles historic downtown is intact. With good schools, and an extensive network of youth sports opportunities, this town is appealing to young families.Courtice and Newcastle are also popular choices. The former, a family-oriented community of over 15,000, boasts a host of new amenities thats constantly expanding.Meanwhile, Newcastle offers small-town living. Encompassing the original harbour community known as Bond Head, Newcastles heritage flavour and picturesque waterfront and marina draw new residents.Though Orono is too far east to attract many commuters to Toronto, this charming community is favoured by retirees and families who yearn for a lifestyle reminiscent of an earlier era.


Brock
www.townshipofbrock.ca
Tel: 705-432-2355

Located about one hour northeast of Toronto, the township of Brock enjoys access to Trent-Severn Waterway and Lake Simcoe bordering on the north and west. The area is easily accessed by highways 7, 12 and 48.Brocks nearly 12,000 residents enjoy a variety of lifestyle choices including rural agricultural, non-farm residential, hamlets, and three urban areas. Beaverton, Cannington and Sunderland offer a mix of housing, from large-lot singles and semi-detached townhouses, to condominiums and apartments.The area is supported by a full range of commercial services and recreational activities.


Scugog
www.township.scugog.on.ca
Tel: 905-985-7393

The township of Scugog, 65 kilometres northeast of Toronto, surrounds Lake Scugog, one of Southern Ontarios largest bodies of water. The township is comprised of four formerly distinct, municipalities: the village of Port Perry, and the townships of Cartwright, Reach, and S