About Oakville

Welcome to Oakville!

Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, in between Toronto and Niagara, 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 is located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. 

The Town of 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. 

Drop anchor on our shores today, and experience over 1,400 hectares of parkland and 200km of trails, take in local lore at historical sites and treat yourself to indulgent meals and purchases through our small independent businesses. 

Book a tour at the Oakville Museum or Oakville Galleries, explore the outdoors at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, see a movie under the stars at the 5 Drive In and treat yourself to a patio meal.

We invite you to relax and discover exactly what makes this lakeside town with big city attractions such a hidden gem.

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 VillageDowntown 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.

Download our 2023/2024 Visitor Guide today!

Start planning your next adventure with our digital guide and map brochure and discover something for everyone in Oakville.