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Overview of Oakville, Ontario, Canada

A vibrant and impressive community within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Town of Oakville is preserved and celebrated by residents and visitors alike. Oakville has many great neighbourhoods, places to do business, high quality education and easy access to the QEW, 403, 407 and GO Transit. This thriving town provides all the advantages of a well-serviced urban centre, while also maintaining its small-town ambiance. Along historical downtown streets, Oakville offers a mix of converted 19th century buildings which accommodate over 400 fine shops, services and restaurants.

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  • Population: 161,500
  • Population Density: 1044.9/km²
  • Area: 138.51 km²
  • Latitude: 43°27?N
  • Longitude: 79°41W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Oakville, Ontario

Oakville`s first industries included ship-building, timber shipment, and wheat farming. In the 1850s, there was an economic recession and the foundry, the most important industry in town, was closed. Basket-making became a major industry in the town, and a railway was built through it. The town eventually became industrialized with the opening of the Petro-Canada refinery, the Procor factory, and, most importantly, the Ford Motor Company Canadian headquarters and factory. In 1962 the town of Oakville merged with its neighbouring villages (Bronte, Palermo, Sheridan, and Trafalgar) to become the new Town of Oakville.

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Oakville's Demographics

Oakville is home to a number of ethnic groups. A large segment of the population is formed by those of white ethnic backgrounds - 86.%, largely those of British Isles, Italian, German, French, Polish, and Portuguese origins. Visible minority groups consists of Asian (chiefly East Indian) 4.3%, Chinese 2.2%, and Black 1.9%. A growing mixed race population totals 1.4%. Oakville is younger than Canada in terms of age. Some 21% of the population consists of children (ages 0 - 14), while those over 65 number 10%, resulting in a growth rate of 12% in the 5 years before 2001, and a median age of 36.4 years of age.

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Oakville's Climate

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Education in Oakville, Ontario

Along with many elementary schools, secondary schools and separate schools, Oakville is home to Sheridan College, a renowned animation and business studies institute.

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Transportation around Oakville, Ontario

Oakville Transit has been providing bus service to Oakville since 1972. Oakville Transit is connected to GO Transit, Mississauga Transit, and Burlington Transit.

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Tourism and Attractions of Oakville

Oakville offers visitors a variety of unique attractions, one of a kind shopping and dining experiences, scenic parks, and entertaining cultural events and festivals. With two magnificent historic harbours, the famous Glen Abbey Golf Course, and Bronte Creek Provincial Park, there are many things to enjoy. Take in a show at the Oakville Centre for Performing Arts; visit Gairloch Gardens & Galleries, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, and the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Oakville
  • Glenorchy
  • Trafalger
  • Palermo

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Geography of Oakville, Ontario

The city of Oakville is located in southern Ontario, Canada. North of Oakville lies the city of Milton, to the East is Mississauga, to the South is Lake Ontario and to the West is the city of Burlington.

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Oakville's Government

At the municipal level, the governing body is the Oakville Town Council consisting of a mayor and twelve councillors. The town is divided into six wards, with two councillors elected to represent each ward. Oakville is divided into two provincial ridings and is currently represented provincially by Bonnie Brown (Oakville Riding-Liberal) and Garth Turner (Halton Riding-Conservative).

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Oakville's Economy and Industry

Oakville`s strong economic base offers an excellent location for both new and expanding businesses. Currently, over 250 national and international corporate headquarters represent automotive, technology, business service, aerospace, pharmaceutical and tourism sectors.

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Oakville's Culture and Significant Events

The Oakville Waterfront Festival is voted one of the Top 50 Festivals in Ontario. Check out Shakespeare in the park at the Festival of Classics. Be entranced by the sights and sounds of the Oakville Jazz Festival.

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Sports in Oakville, Ontario

Oakville is home to the Oakville Ice, a professional hockey team that is part of the National Women's Hockey League. Oakville has a large Soccer Club named The Oakville Soccer Club. Oakville`s youth hockey organization, Minor Oaks Hockey Association, has almost 4,000 players between the ages of 6 and 17. There is also an aquatic club, called the Oakville Aquatic Club.

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Media of Oakville

Oakville is home to a successful newspaper publication entitled The Oakville Beaver which provides residents with up-to-date news on the Oakville area as well as worldly news.

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