How well do you know your city? Check out these little-known facts about Oshawa:
- 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.
- 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.”
- The first abstract art exhibition in Canada took place at Oshawa’s Adelaide House in 1952.
- 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.
- The Oshawa Municipal Airport won the title of the Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in the world in 2010.
- Get out of the trees! There’s a bylaw prohibiting the climbing of trees on City of Oshawa property, including city parks.
- 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.
- 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.