Moving to Durham Region has Advantages

Friday Nov 10th, 2017


Investing East of Toronto has it's Advantages:


Thinking of the next big place to move to and invest in...Durham region is it! From Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin, Oshawa, Courtice, Bowmanville, Uxbridge, Port Perry and Newcastle...they are all growing and a place to keep your eye on.

There has been untapped areas in Durham region that must not be overlooked. 

Durham Region offers access to Canada’s largest market of more than five million people. Durham’s land, location, people, infrastructure and balanced living offer a highly skilled labour force, diverse economic base, superior quality of life and competitive business costs.


Here Are Some Of The Reasons I Found To look At Durham Region:


The GTA's Most Competitively Priced Business Real Estate


Durham Region is a perfect blend of location, attributes, resources, a skilled and educated workforce, affordable real estate and excellent quality of life.

Available office, industrial, distribution/logistics and retail space, as well as build-to-suit opportunities are supported by stable and competitively priced utilities.

The region also benefits from some of the lowest commercial and industrial land costs and lease rates in the GTA; typically about half the cost of the GTA average.



Access To The Market:

Durham Region's transportation infrastructure is made up of an integrated network of provincial and regional highways, cargo-loading and deep-sea shipping ports connecting to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway, transcontinental and commuter railway lines, as well as local and international airports. 

The Roads

Highway 401 is the major east-west arterial highway in Ontario, stretching 818 kilometres (508 miles) from Windsor, Ontario to the Quebec border, connecting Durham Region to southwestern and eastern Ontario, Quebec and the U.S.

Highway 407 Express Toll Route (ETR) is a 108 kilometre (67 miles) toll highway, which runs across the north of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Currently, the 407 ETR ends at the western point of Durham Region in the City of Pickering and as of 2017 will reach Harmony Road, Oshawa.

The Highway 407 East project is underway to construct the continuation of Highway 407 that will run through the entire Durham Region eastward, from the current end point in Pickering to Highway 35/115 in Clarington. The project also includes three interchanges in Durham, which will link Highway 401 to Highway 407.

Highway 7 is a major arterial highway that traverses the entire southern half of Ontario, including Durham Region. The highway is one of Ontario's most important routes, particularly through eastern Ontario where Highway 7 serves as the only major through route, north of Highway 401.

Highway 115/35 runs north-south in the Municipality of Clarington, the eastern part of Durham Region, connecting north-east Durham with Toronto via Highway 401.

Highway 404 is a 400-series highway running north-south, connecting Highway 401 and the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) to Toronto and Highway 407, which extends through Durham Region.

The Rail System

Freight Rail

CANADIAN NATIONAL (CN) RAIL is the largest rail network in Canada, with transcontinental connections throughout North America. Spanning approximately 20,600 route-miles of track, CN offers rail connections to three coasts with connections to all points in North America. 

CANADIAN PACIFIC (CP) RAILWAY is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the U.S., with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal. 

Commuter Rail

GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the GTA, with extensive service to Durham Region. Approximately 62 GO transit trains travel from Durham to downtown Toronto each day, running every 30 minutes to meet the needs of a growing number of customers.

VIA Rail travels through the Quebec City-Windsor corridor with convenient access to Toronto and Montreal. The Oshawa train station provides passenger service for VIA and GO Transit with regularly scheduled schedules. 

Public Transit

Durham Region Transit (DRT) provides service to more than 10 million riders annually, including routes with Toronto connections, and is synchronized with GO Transit and VIA rail services.

The Deep Sea Ports In The Area

PORT OF OSHAWA HARBOUR is capable of accommodating any size or type of vessel entering the St. Lawrence Seaway system, providing shippers with a wide range of cargo-handling equipment, from heavy lift cranes to fork lift trucks. Port of Oshawa's stevedoring and terminal services are renowned for high, damage-free productivity. 

ST. MARY’S CEMENT (BOWMANVILLE) is a privately owned dock, open to the public, with a draft depth of 8.8 metres (29 feet) that is suitable for seaway shipping vessels. The current dock users include cement, salt and automotive companies. .

PORT OF TORONTO is 57 kilometres from Durham Region, and is one of Canada's largest major inland ports situated on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario.

OSHAWA AIRPORT is an executive-level regional airport, able to accommodate a range of aircraft—from small recreational planes to 20-passenger business jets and 70-passenger turbo prop commuters. Corporate travel and just-in-time freight services are expedited with the presence of Canada Customs and fixed-based aviation services. 

LESTER B. PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (TORONTO) is 63 kilometres from Durham Region, and is Canada’s primary air hub, and the second-busiest North American gateway to the world. The airport handles the most Canadian/U.S. traffic on the continent, and more than 30 per cent of Canada’s air traffic. 

BILLY BISHOP ISLAND AIRPORT (TORONTO) is 57 kilometres from Durham Region and is located on the Toronto islands, southwest of Downtown Toronto. Billy Bishop provides links to business centres and destinations across North America. 



The Region of Durham is home to post-secondary institutions that have been recognized for their research, leading-edge thinking, as well as academic programs that have been shaped by market needs.

Durham also boasts a highly skilled and educated workforce as a result of the dynamic universities and colleges available in the region.

 The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s

The mandate of the UOIT has been to deliver market-oriented academic programs, conduct innovative research that addresses societal and industry needs, and provide students with the real-world skills they need to succeed in the evolving 21st-century workplace. In the past decade, UOIT has grown to more than 9,800 students who are enrolled in a diverse array of 46 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Some of these programs, such as the Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering, are unique in Canada.

UOIT currently has six priority research areas. These include:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing for 21st-century innovation;
  2. Education for the 21st century;
  3. Energy and the Environment;
  4. Human Health and Community Wellness;
  5. Information and Communication Technology and Informatics; and
  6. Life Sciences and Biotechnology.

Collaborative research with UOIT also provides access to research experts, equipment, ideas and information to help clients run a more profitable business and solve technical problems. It provides interactions with students who study in a technology-enriched learning environment, as well as significant financial leverage when seeking government research and development grants and support. The university also conducts interdisciplinary research, development that addresses many other social, environmental, health and economic problems.

The UOIT Management Development Centre helps managers meet the competitive challenges of today's dynamic business environment by combining the latest business concepts with practical managerial skills. The MDC’s programs in executive education, management and leadership are developed by industry professionals who have the expertise and experience to provide up-to-date, hands-on and relevant information.

Trent University - Oshawa Campus

A innovative university, Trent is known for its supportive community environment and a shared commitment to academic rigor. With campuses in both Peterborough and Oshawa, Trent has more than 27 academic departments, offering a vast array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Named Research University of the Year in October 2009 by Research Infosource Inc., Trent's world-renowned faculty is committed to research from all disciplines including natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and holds 10 Canadian Research Chairs.

Building on it’s 50 year presence in Oshawa, the university opened its dedicated new campus on Thornton Road in the fall of 2010 for the delivery of programs for more than 1,300 full and part-time students. This bright and modern facility provides capacity for the introduction of new academic programming.

Durham College

Since opening its doors in 1967, Durham College (DC) has been providing high-quality post-secondary education and producing outstanding graduates in a variety of established, emerging and dynamic fields. In fact, each year employers who hire DC grads report an employer satisfaction rate in excess of 90 per cent, as measured by the Ontario provincial government’s Key Performance Indicator survey.

The college is home to more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students, over 1,500 full and part-time staff, more than 63,000 alumni, and a third-party review found that in 2012-2013 the college had an economic impact of $816 million on Durham Region.

With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and the Pickering Learning Site, the college is able to offer more than 140 full-time post-secondary programs (the vast majority offer work placement opportunities), along with online study options and courses for both academic and personal development through its School of Continuing Education. In addition, DC offers Community Employment Services in locations across Durham Region and Northumberland County. All of this directly benefits local students and employers.

DC’s Office of Research Services and Innovation has been placed 25th for the last two years in a national ranking of Canada’s Top 50 research colleges. The office provides applied research services to business and industry in the community to help them innovate, solve technical problems and become more competitive and commercialize ideas. The college also offers Corporate Training Services, which provides customized business training solutions for organizations and corporations.

Centennial College 

Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation. It is now offering selected post-graduate programs and continuing education courses at a new site located at 1340 Pickering Parkway, operated jointly with Durham College.

The Pickering Learning Site offers the following courses:

  • Corporate Communications & Public Relations;
  • Book & Magazine Publishing;
  • Project Management;
  • Creative & Critical Thinking;
  • Performance Management; and
  • CPR/First Aid.

Queen's-Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge (QBOL)

Each year, eight new residents begin their training in the Queen's-Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge Family Medicine ProgramTheir academic home in the Durham Region is the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN), located at Lakeridge Health hospital. The program provides learning opportunities in Oshawa and Bowmanville, in addition to rural rotations in Port Perry.



In Durham Region, we understand that one of the greatest links to global markets are global workforces who bring creativity, new perspective and innovation. As such, the Durham community has put in place a number of services designed to help new residents, new business and new investors settle in Durham.

The Durham Immigration Portal is a one-stop, community-based immigration web portal, designed to welcome, support, attract and retain skilled newcomers, newcomer entrepreneurs, businesses and other new Canadians to our Region. Over 60 organizations from multiple sectors such as education, business, non-profit, government and business associations take shared responsibility for content creation and for the long-term sustainability of the portal. The portal also translates into 57 languages.

Durham Region is also home to two Immigrant Services Welcome Centres. These facilities provide all the services a newcomer may require, ranging from language classes, banking to real estate information.



The Region of Durham is home to some of the GTA’s best and busiest recreation complexes. Friendly, courteous and professional staff strives to exceed customer expectations. The region’s top-quality facilities are available to the residents of Durham Region, and to national and international organizations that use our local facilities for a variety of events.


Durham’s wide open spaces create the perfect environment for world-class golf courses, and an exceptional golfing experience.


From the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine to the picturesque Waterfront Trail, Durham Region will have a route or loop for all cycling skills. 

  • Beaverton/North Brock Loop
  • South Brock Loop
  • Uxbridge Loop
  • Pickering/Ajax Loop
  • Whitby Loop
  • Oshawa/Courtice Loop
  • West Clarington Loop
  • Scugog/Caesarea Route
  • East Clarington Loop
  • Waterfront Trail

Local Sports

They shoot, they score! Spend the afternoon with family or friends rooting on Durham Region’s home teams. Whether its hockey, lacrosse, fast cars or horse racing, we’re lucky to have some of the best professional sports teams around.


Durham Region offers more than 350 kilometres of recreational trails that intertwine throughout the community. From waterfront trails to the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Durham abounds with wonderful spaces to walk, jog, hike and bike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and in-line skate. Explore the wetlands, woodlands and parks along the natural trails and reconnect with nature. 

Conservation Areas

The Region is home to numerous parks and conservation areas featuring countless natural landscapes, from wetlands to wilderness and farmland.

Durham Region offers fishermen a world-class sport fishing experience that is second to none! With its major rivers starting in the Oak Ridges Moraine, the waters are cold and pure enough to support resident brook, brown and rainbow trout year-round.

During spring and fall, rainbow and brown trout, coho and chinook salmon ascending the rivers on their spawning runs provide excellent sport. As well, there is Lake Scugog—shallow and weedy, perfect for walleye, perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass and the mighty muskie, and all only a short drive from Toronto. Farther north, Lake Simcoe’s southeastern section in Durham Region can provide year-round fishing for lake trout, whitefish, bass, perch, walleye, panfish and burbot. 



From large shopping malls like the Oshawa Centre and Pickering Town Centre to historic downtowns and unique markets, Durham Region is a shopper’s delight!



When the weather is warm, the days are long and summer has officially arrived, where will you spend the season? If you’re looking for a mini-getaway or outdoor adventure close to home, check out one of the many campgrounds in Durham Region.

  • Darlington Provincial Park
  • Cedar Valley Resort
  • Heber Down Conservation Area
  • Goreski’s Landing Resort
  • Greenwood Conservation Area
  • Glen Rouge Campground
  • Spring Water Trailer Resort
  • Trout Water Family Camping

Agricultural Fairs

Our numerous agricultural fairs are a great way to embrace local agriculture, heritage and have plenty of fun! Celebrate the change of seasons with spring and fall fairs in Durham Region. Enjoy the carnival rides, demolition derbies, spelling bees and tracker pulls in what is guaranteed to be fun for the entire family.


Charming boutiques, natural wonders, exciting, one-of-a-kind attractions and savour delicious dishes crafted from home-grown ingredients are abundant in Durham Region.

Art Galleries

Explore Durham Region's art scene at local galleries. Whether you're an experienced member of the art scene or brand new to the art world, cultivate your creativity and absorb all things “art” at one of many local galleries in Durham Region.


Durham Region is actively developing itself as a top culinary tourism destination in Ontario. Renowned for its pleasant mix of rural charm and urban sophistication, Durham Region offers a variety of equally unique culinary tourism experiences.

Farmer's Markets

One of the perks of living in a region populated with rural areas and farmland is farmers' markets! Shopping at a farmers' market is not only a great way to get quality, fresh food, but it also helps to support local producers and the economy. Be sure to check out the farmers' market in your area!

  • Clarington Farmers' Market: 905-987-1899
  • North Oshawa Farmers' Market: 905-728-8674
  • Oshawa Centre Farmers' Market: 905-686-6408
  • Pickering Town Centre Farmers' Market: 905-683-7171
  • Port Perry Farmers' Market: 905-985-7565
  • Uxbridge Farmers' Market: 905-830-4521
  • Whitby Farmers' Market: 905-655-3440

Historical Sites

Step back in time for the day. Whether it's walking around the vast estate of the late R.S McLaughlin (the founder of General Motors in Canada), or taking a train ride along the heritage railway, there is great history amongst us in Durham Region.

Live Theatre

Looking for a different way to spend date night or family night? Hit the town, and check out the local theatre scene in Durham Region.


Experience both Durham and Canadian heritage by visiting the great, local museums found across the region.


From live music to club jams, Durham Region's nightlife is sure to delight.


Durham Region is a great place to enjoy local wines and ciders year round.

The region of Durham is a great place to move yourself, your family, or your business. The opportunities here are endless. Depending what your current and future plans are this area is a place to put those plans into place. 

This is why living and working in the region of Durham I am always ecstatic when asked my opinion where to buy real estate as a real estate professional. I always have and will continue to say the Region of Durham is the place to do this. 

Any questions feel free to contact me by email at or Call/Text: 905-903-0012.


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