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About Oakville

Welcome to Oakville!

Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto to one side and Hamilton to the other, the beautiful Town of Oakville is known for its picturesque harbours, vibrant shopping districts, active arts community and some of the best dining options in the Greater Toronto Area.

Oakville was founded in 1857 by Colonel William Chisholm, who purchased the land at the mouths of the 16 Mile and 12 Mile (now known as Bronte) Creeks from the Mississauga people and left development of the lands to his son, Robert Kerr Chisholm, and brother-in-law, Thomas Merrick.  Blessed by two natural harbours and shores dense with trees, ship-building and timber became important early industries.

Oakville is now home to over 200,000 people and will welcome approximately 1.4 million visitors this year. In 2012, Toronto Life Magazine ranked Oakville as one of five “must visit” destinations in the Greater Toronto Area.

Fun Facts

Distinguished Founder: Colonel William Chisholm fought in the War of 1812 and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada.

Location, Location, Location: Conveniently located 30km from downtown Toronto, with easy highway access, Oakville strives to be the most livable city in Canada. See Oakville on a map.

We’re Friendly Neighbours: Oakville is only a one hour drive from the U.S borders at Lewiston, Niagara Falls or Buffalo, NY.

We’re at the Centre of it all: More than half of the population of the U.S.A and Canada (135 million) are located within 800 kilometers of Oakville.

Seeing Green: Oakville offers 1,420 hectares of parkland, 150 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks, garden plots, dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbours and 31 waterfront parks.

Perfect Precipitation: According to Environment Canada, Oakville has the best weather in Canada, with the right amount of precipitation and days under 0 degrees.

Good Things Happen in Threes: Oakville is home to three distinct business areas: Bronte Village, Downtown Oakville and Kerr Village, each brimming with character, unique shops and restaurants.

Home to History: With historical highlights that include shipbuilding, immigration and the Underground Railroad, Oakville’s distinct heritage is on display at the town’s many heritage buildings and trails.

Broadway Bound:  Canada’s renowned music theatre program at Sheridan College produces world-class theatre professionals and shows, including the smash hit and seven-time Tony nominee, Come From Away.

Taking the Stage: Over 260 music, drama and various performances are staged every year in Oakville.

Good Sports: Both the Oakville Soccer Club and the Oakville Crusaders Rugby Club are the largest of their kind in North America. Oakville also has about 83 soccer fields and 74 baseball diamonds, and was featured as a stop on the popular Rogers Hometown Hockey tour in 2017.

Oakville Gold: Gold medalists Larry Cain (canoeist), Adam van Koeverden (kayaker) and Donovan Bailey (sprinter) all hail from Oakville.

Hollywood North: Oakville provides a picturesque backdrop for major motion pictures and television shows, including The Santa Clause, starring Tim Allen; Dream House, starring Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts; and The Handmaid’s Tale, starring Elisabeth Moss.

Big Business: Oakville is home to a number of regional and national head offices, including Ford Canada, Siemens Canada and The Weather Network.