Oakville's modest population of approximately 145,000 people lends it a small-town personality, yet, as is true of the rest of the GTA, its steady growth has resulted in a town that boasts all the advantages of an urban centre.
Tourism is a $50 million industry in Oakville, thanks to the multitude of attractions, activities and festivals that draw both visitors and residents day after day. Hit the links at Glen Abbey Golf Club, designed by golf great Jack Nicklaus. Rack up your credit card bills in the hundreds of shops housed in 19th Century buildings in Oakville's historic downtown. Be entertained by local, national, and international artists performing theatre, dance, music and comedy at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.
There are a number of popular annual events to be enjoyed by residents. The Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is a two-day event, featuring live jazz in downtown restaurants and outdoor locations. The Downtown Oakville Sidewalk Sale, now in its 29th year, is the town's largest and longest-running tradition. Other events you'll not want to miss include the Waterfront Festival, The Tree Lighting Ceremony, Midnight Madness, and the sixth annual Art and Artisans by the Lake Show and Sale.
As a resident of Oakville, you'll have access to over 2,400 acres of park space, encompassing trails that wind along the lakefront and through town, connecting several noteworthy attractions. One of these attractions is Bronte Creek Provincial Park, a year-round day-use facility which includes trails for hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing, areas for basketball and volleyball, a huge swimming pool, skating rink, tobogganing hill, a recreation complex including eight tennis courts, and the historical Spruce Lane Farm, where turn-of-the-century rural life comes alive.
The park, operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources, is host to special family events year-round, such as Creatures of the Night and Reptile Mania. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario, Oakville has been blessed by two natural harbours, namely Oakville Harbour and Bronte Harbour, both of which feature docks and slips for sail and powerboats.
Oakville can generally be divided into two parts. Old Oakville, right on the lake, was once characterized by large lakefront estates. Today, there are plenty of homes with price tags well over $1 million in quiet, lakeside neighbourhoods. Glen Abbey, the renowned golf course, and its surrounding residential neighbourhoods define New Oakville. Average housing prices in Oakville are higher than those of many areas closer to downtown Toronto; however, a high number of multi-million dollar homes increases that average. Home buyers can still expect to find reasonably-priced single and semi-detached homes and townhouses.
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