Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Overview

The town of Oakville lies on the shores of Lake Ontario. Oakville enjoys Southern Ontario’s natural beauty, as it is surrounded by low-rise buildings, clear skies, and verdant foliage. Oakville belongs to the congregation of towns in Halton Region, and is serving the Greater Toronto Area. Way before Oakville went into wheat farming, timber shipment and shipbuilding, the Mississauga’s aboriginal tribe owned and cultivated the land. The evolution of its industries qualifies for an interesting history. Even its villages are interesting and hold attractions of their own. Oakville is a large town that provides boundless opportunities for discovery.

Neighbourhoods

Oakville has numerous divisions, each having a distinct flair. The West Oak Trails in the northwest part of the city is a newer development compared to Uptown Core and other neighbourhoods. The Oak Park development can be found in North-Central Oakville; the neighbourhood that houses it is known as the River Oaks. The Glen Abbey features the home of the Canadian Open, the Glen Abbey Golf course. College park is home to Sheridan College and Sixteen Mile Creek. Bronte is a community centred on the Coronation Park and Bronte Harbour. It is home to Oakville’s largest concentration of wellness and beauty services. Other neighbourhoods include Palermo, Iroquois Ridge North and South communities, and Eastlake. Book your Oakville Hotels with Reservations.com.

When to Visit

The city hosts a slew of annual celebrations. The Autumn Fest is usually held on Bronte Road and Nelson Street. During a whole week in August, Oakville celebrates the Harbour Days. It features the region’s first annual Bronte National Sand castle Building Competition. Other inaugural events include Oakville’s Canada Day. The celebration is usually held at the waterfront park, which features fun activities, shopping, entertainment and great food. Fireworks cap the ceremony. From May to June, guests can participate at the Art on the Bluffs, which features exhibits from the local artists’ eyes. The Harbour Days Music Festival and Empire Sandy tall Ship Sailings is another unique festivity. Vacationers can experience 19th century sailing through the Tall Ship Empire Sandy sail throughout August. During the month of October, guests are invited to participate in the Trafalgar Day Celebration, which used to be the city’s biggest celebration. Victory rum cakes, tea and apple cider are served for free during the event.

Shopping

Oakville is home to some of the best shopping destinations in the region. The Upper Oakville Shopping Centre alone houses more than a hundred shops, all perfect for retail therapy. The Bronte Village Mall has more or less 40 shops that range from dental offices to grocery stores. Shoppers can also explore the quirky finds, antique and specialty shops at Downtown Oakville. Other shopping centres include the Trafalgar Ridge Plaza, Old Oakville Plaza, Hopedale Mall, Oakville Entertainment Centrum, and Oakville Outlet Store.

Best Museums

If you’re seeking Oakville’s heritage and history, a visit to the Sovereign House Museum is certainly a must. The Sovereign House Museum was built by one of the neighbourhood’s pioneers and earliest homesteaders, Charles Sovereign. The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate boasts of exhibits from the 19th and 20th centuries. Situated downtown, the museum first served as a thriving port for sailors and merchants. The compound also features the Erchless Estate Family Home.