The Town of Oakville is a beautiful lakeside city, stretching up to the farmlands South of Highway 401. With a strong heritage, preserved and celebrated by residents and visitors alike, it is one of the most coveted residential and business centers on the shores of Lake Ontario. With a population of about 165,000, Oakville offers the advantages and services of an established urban center, in balance with its distinctive small-town charm. Oakville is just a 30-minute drive from downtown Toronto and an hour’s drive from Niagara Falls and the U.S. border.
As with the other cities in the province, Oakville offers two publicly funded streams for primary and secondary schooling. The city plays host to Sheridan College, which is well known for the quality of its programs across a wide range of interests. As well, postsecondary students from Oakville can make an easy commute to Toronto via the GO train, or by car via the major highways that connect the two cities.
Oakville offers a rich experience in theatre, dance, music and comedy performances at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Residents and visitors can also enjoy the museum at Erchless Estate, galleries, historical societies and local architecture. Oakville’s annual Midnight Madness and Jazz Festival draw crowds from around the GTA.
The community also provides plenty of recreational opportunities. There are over 2,400 acres of park space (many with groomed hiking trails) and numerous recreation centres with programs for all ages. Golfers in Oakville can play choose from seven golf courses, including PGA-recognized Glen Abbey Golf Course, which has long hosted the Canadian Open.