Four Weird Facts About Oshawa

Think you know everything about your city? Check out these trivia tidbits:

Not all is as it seems at the War Memorial in Oshawa’s Memorial Park. First, the memorial contains stones from every World War I Allied Nation, as well as stones from many of the battlefields where Canadians lost their lives. But what’s really unusual about the monument is what lies beneath it: An airtight copper box containing artifacts of 1924, such as newspapers, photos, and, thoughtfully, a cheque from the mayor to pay for the replacement of the slab that must be removed to unearth the box. Unfortunately, none of us will be around to see the future mayor try to cash the cheque, as the time capsule is to be opened in the year 2424.

What on earth do the boomerangs on the Ccity of oshawa logoity of Oshawa logo mean? Here’s the logic: The design is a contemporary representation of a central hub with open ended paths. The four quadrants created by the arc shapes represent Oshawa’s most dynamic sectors coming together: Blue is recreation, arts & culture and tourism, green represents gardens, natural spaces and environment, orange means innovation and industry, and purple is our city’s heritage.  And the optimistic slogan?  According to the City of Oshawa, the tagline “Prepare to be Amazed” draws attention to the great things that Oshawa has to offer, but with a focus on the future, and reflects the amazing people, places and events that shape our community.  Now you know.

Oshawa was once served by the Grand Trunk Railway with a stop in downtown Oshawa, just east of Simcoe Street South.  Completed in 1856, the line ran from Toronto to Oshawa, and later that year made it all the way to Montreal. Other transportation systems that are no longer part of the city are streetcars (replaced by buses in 1940), and passenger steamers that would travel from the Oshawa Pier to Toronto for $0.75, return.  Personally, we’re rooting for the return of the steamer as a summer alternative to the GO Train.

Memorial Park isn’t the only public space in Oshawa with a time capsule.  There’s another at Lakeview Park, a few steps from the Oshawa Community Museum, buried near the “Lady of the Lake” statue and fountain.  And if you’re lucky enough to still be around in 2100, you’ll see the capsule dug up and the contents revealed.

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