Oakville is a vibrant and impressive community of approximately 170,000 residents located within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Founded in 1857, this beautiful lakeside community has a strong heritage that is preserved and celebrated by residents and visitors alike.
Today, Oakville has become one of the most coveted residential and business centres in Ontario, with great neighbourhoods, quality schools and easy access to major highways, great shopping and places to do business. Located just a 30-minute drive from downtown Toronto and an hour's drive from the U.S. border, Oakville truly has something to offer for everyone. It’s a thriving municipality that provides all the advantages of a well-serviced urban centre, while also maintaining its small-town ambiance.
A Brief History
The Town of Oakville owes its existence to the vision of Colonel William Chisholm, an enterprising merchant and shipbuilder. In 1827, Colonel Chisholm bought 960 acres of land from the Crown at the mouth of the Sixteen Mile Creek on Lake Ontario to establish a port, a shipbuilding yard and the village of Oakville.
With an abundance of oak and pine forests and beautiful harbours, Oakville became known as a hub for ship building. It was declared a port of entry in 1834. In 1857, Oakville was incorporated as a town, and William Chisholm’s son, George King Chisholm, became its first mayor.
Today, Oakville is home to more than 4,500 employers and 260 national and international headquarters. Its harbours are no longer industrial ports but are now major destinations for visitors and residents alike.
Great Restaurants & Shopping
No matter what kind of cuisine you crave, you’ll find more than 250 restaurants in Oakville to satisfy your appetite. Enjoy fine dining in downtown Oakville, take in the scenery at a lakeside patio in Bronte Village, or indulge in more exotic cuisine at one of the superb restaurants in Kerr Village.
These areas and many others are also home to great shopping districts. Downtown Oakville, for instance, with its mix of beautiful 19th century buildings, is home to more than 400 fine shops, services and restaurants.
Top-Rated Arts & Cultural Events
The Town of Oakville hosts many exciting festivals and events throughout the year. Voted one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario, the Oakville Waterfront Festival, held in June, offers first-class, affordable entertainment for the whole family.
Each August, thousands of people flock to Oakville to enjoy live outdoor jazz performances from the finest North American talent during the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival.
With a roster of local, national and international talent, the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts offers the finest in music, drama, comedy, dance and family entertainment.
The Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square and Gairloch Gardens, as well as a number of retail galleries, offer a feast for the eyes and ears. Many provide accompanying audio tours to give you the complete experience as you walk and explore.
Natural Wonders Abound
For outdoor enthusiasts, Oakville boasts more than 3,212 acres of park space, much of which has groomed hiking trails. With more than 140 kilometres of trails and natural creeks, and 17 kilometres of waterfront, there’s plenty of beautiful natural landscape to explore.
Oakville is also known for its scenic gardens and exquisite golf courses, including the famous Glen Abbey Golf Club.
Whether you’re in the mood for some shopping, sightseeing, recreation or just want to explore, Oakville United Taxicab Ltd will get you where you want to go.
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