Little Known Facts About Oshawa

How well do you know your city?  Check out these little-known facts about Oshawa:

  1. It’s older than you think: the earliest known settlement in Oshawa started in the 1400s when the Lake Ontario Iroquois settled near Harmony Creek.
  2. Most of the cities and towns that make up Durham Region have European-inspired names, like Pickering or Whitby. But Oshawa comes from the Ojibwe term aazhaway, meaning “crossing to the other side of a river or lake” or just “(a)cross, or, “that point at the crossing of the stream where the canoe was exchanged for the trail.”
  3. The first abstract art exhibition in Canada took place at Oshawa’s Adelaide House in 1952.
  4. Oshawa is home to two racehorse cemeteries – the Northern Dancer Cemetery and the Trillium Cemetery – both located on the former grounds of Windfields Farms, which are now owned by UOIT.
  5. The Oshawa Municipal Airport won the title of the Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in the world in 2010.
  6. Get out of the trees! There’s a bylaw prohibiting the climbing of trees on City of Oshawa property, including city parks.
  7. Do you know where it is? Somewhere in the southern part of Oshawa, there’s a stash of old cars – including Model Ts, right up to vehicles from the mid-80s, likely part of an abandoned scrapyard.
  8. Hidden in the woods at Wilson Road and Winchester Road lies a secret pioneer cemetery marked by a tall epitaph marker in the woods.  Only one gravestone remains: Elizabeth Postil, who died aged 17 and one month.