- The amazing research taking place the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College, in areas like forensic taphonomy, quantum physics, computational science, aquatic toxicology and user interface design for mobile devices, to name just a few. We have no idea what any of that means, but it all sounds terribly science-y and important. We feel smarter just thinking about it.
2. “I found fame and fortune working in the cultural sector,” said no museum or gallery staffer ever, which is why we salute the dedicated employees working the frontline (and behind the scenes) of our city’s cultural resources: The Oshawa Community Museum, The Ontario Regiment Museum, Parkwood Estate, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Because it’s not the money that brings these folks into work every day – they truly love what they do. And their commitment to bringing Oshawa’s local history and art scene to life is one of the things that makes our city shine.
3. We have a DeLorean. Yes, the same car made famous in the 1985 Michael J. Fox classic film, Back to the Future. But this one can’t travel back in time. We think. The Canadian Automotive Museum is open to the public daily, and visitors can check out the DeLorean, plus a ton of other historic vehicles like early Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, and a 1950s-era beauty that doubled as a boat.
4. We’ve yet to achieve Venice Beach status (short of a few palm trees and rollerskaters), but Oshawa has it’s own quality patch of sun, sand and surf. Canadian weather means it’s only usable in July and August, but when the sun shines, head to Lakeview Park Beach and take advantage of all the summery things you can do when your most southern city limit ends at one of Canada’s Great Lakes: Canoe, paddleboard, windsurf, play beach volleyball, build sandcastles, do yoga at sunrise, or just swim in the clean (the water is monitored by the Health Department), and safe (lifeguards are on duty during the summer months) Ontario freshwater.
5. Oshawa has hosted a who’s who of Hollywood, but because we’re such a modest bunch, no one knows about it. So check out this massive list of Canadian and international stars who have have filmed movies, television shows, and commercials at our city’s National Historic Site, Parkwood Estate: Adrian Brody, Salma Hayek, Brendan Fraser, Drew Barrymore, Ryan Phillippe, Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Notham, Lauren Hutton, Kathleen Turner, Adam Sandler, Hugh Laurie, Ben Affleck, Lucy Liu, Tony Shaloub, Alan Alda, Maureen Stapleton, Dianne Lane, James Garner, Peter O’Toole, Jeremy Irons, Angela Lansbury, Bob Hoskins, Jane Seymour, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Gere, Hilary Swank, Ewan McGregor, Peter Fonda, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Greg Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Eli Roth, Mads Mikkelson, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Susan Sarandon, Jeffery Dean Morgan and Canada’s own Christopher Plummer, Paul Gross, Anne-Marie MacDonald, Colm Feore, Mike Myers, Yannick Bisson and Dave Foley.
6. True story: Buffalo once roamed free(ish) in our city. Around 1922, someone had the bright idea that Oshawa was sorely lacking in large bison, and swiftly trucked in a herd from Alberta. Alas, there would be no love connection with the residents of Oshawa and the hairy bovines – one historic report brusquely noted that the buffalo were, “Not a success.” They eventually ended up at Toronto’s Riverdale Zoo, but not before one frisky beast decided to hoof it up Simcoe Street, in a dramatic bid for freedom.
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