Welcome to Oakville
Charming and historic town on the Lake Ontario shoreline
Oakville is a charming and historic town with world-class amenities located just 30 minutes from Downtown Toronto. Nestled on the picturesque Lake Ontario shoreline, Oakville offers an abundance of outdoor recreation, from scenic nature trails to several lakeshore marinas. In 2018, MoneySense ranked Oakville as the best place to live in Canada, and the community has placed highly on a number of similar lists. Homes in Oakville are a captivating mix of old and new—the diverse real estate includes designated heritage homes, spectacular waterfront mansions, and attractive contemporary townhouses.
What to Love
- Historic charm meets contemporary feel
- Close-knit community
- Plethora of outdoor activities
- Unique shopping and dining
People & Lifestyle
Oakville is known for its diversity, and a wide range of demographics call it home. For example, it is ranked in the top three best places to retire in Canada as well as in the top five best places to raise a family, meaning that seniors and young professionals alike enjoy all that Oakville has to offer. Despite having a booming job market and being the largest town in Ontario in terms of population, Oakville maintains the feeling of a small suburb. With a community-oriented vibe and access to top-of-the-line amenities, residents truly enjoy the best of both worlds.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Oakville’s downtown area covers six blocks along Lakeshore Road East near the Lake Ontario waterfront. This walkable commercial stretch features more than 400 businesses, including art galleries, high-end designer fashion houses, health centres and fitness studios, specialty stores, and outstanding restaurants. Oakville offers an incredible and diverse restaurant scene. Walk along Lakeshore and choose from family owned bakeries and local cafés, to the highest caliber fine dining-host to award winning executive chefs.
Things to Do
One of the five Great Lakes, Lake Ontario provides Oakville with a beautiful backdrop. Waterfront parks such as Coronation Park and Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park and Dingle Park are a great place to relax and take in the scenery. The amenities at Coronation Park include five large picnic areas with barbecue pits.
In August, more than 175 artists from across the country participate in the Art in the Park event at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. Many other celebrations and community events take place in Oakville throughout the year. Kerrfest is held in Kerr Village each September, with outdoor performances from top musical acts. August also brings dozens of musicians to Downtown Oakville for the free Oakville Jazz Festival. Other annual festivities in the Downtown area include a Sidewalk Sale in June, July’s Midnight Madness (an event where retailers stay open late into the night), and a Tree Lighting Ceremony in mid-November.
Families in Oakville enjoy access to highly rated schools across all neighbourhoods, operated by the Halton District School Board. Oakville is also home to one of the top rated private schools in the Province. Parents are assured that their children are receiving an excellent education across the board.