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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From the Oakville Beaver, June 2008:
Oakville United Taxicab Drivers Aid Blood Drive
Oakville United Taxicab Ltd drivers have pledged to have the pedal to the metal in their drive to donate blood and help local patients after taking up a challenge from Canadian Blood Services to donate blood during the inaugural Partners for Life (PFL) corporate challenge, which started on May 1.
With a yearly goal of 50 units, 20 drivers will lead off the taxi drive for blood at Town of Oakville on Friday.
Oakville United Taxicab Ltd drivers, along with other hundreds of corporate and business teams across Central Ontario, are rolling up sleeves and becoming 'corporate heroes' to thousands by donating blood together. The PFL corporate challenge runs from May 1 to June 30 and hopes to raise 1,500 units of blood.
“Canadian Blood Services is thrilled our ‘taxi driving heroes’ are augmenting blood supply levels as we move into summer,” says Karolina Remplakowski, Community Development Coordinator, Canadian Blood Services. "Every year, with the arrival of warm weather, more donors miss appointments or don't book their next regular appointment due to other activities. In May and June last year, close to one out of five, or over 9,500, appointments to give blood were missed in Central Ontario blood donor clinics. Last summer, we experienced very low blood supply levels."
Miroslav El-Bassyouny, manager of Oakville United Taxicab Ltd says "We decided to join the Partner for Life corporate challenge because many of us know a family member or friend who has needed blood. By donating blood together, we can impact many more patients needing help. As a team, we are helping to insure blood is there when it is needed to save someone's life."
Partners for Life is a standard national program designed to encourage organizations to make an annual commitment to the blood system. Partner organizations and members interested in joining the program can now register online at www.blood.ca.
From the Oakville Beaver, March 2008
Taxi Company Helps Police Nab Suspects
Halton police made use of Oakville United Taxicab Ltd to ensnare two stranded suspects shortly after a Tuesday convenience store robbery.
Police said that at around 9:45 p.m., two young men entered the Heritage Corner Convenience Store, 1500 Heritage Way, and demanded money from the lone clerk.
One of the men was armed with a large knife.
During the robbery, the telephone rang and the clerk answered it, informing the caller that he could not talk at the moment.
The caller heard the commotion that was going on in the background and, recognizing that something was wrong, called police.
Halton police, along with a canine officer from the Hamilton Police Service, responded shortly thereafter, but found that the suspects had fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police alerted the local taxi companies that a robbery had taken place in that area and were informed that a cab had actually just been dispatched to a location on Grand Oak Trail, not far from the robbery. The taxi company added that the caller sounded out of breath.
The two officers then arranged to meet the taxi driver, who let the officers commandeer his cab. The officers then drove the cab to the Grand Oak Trail pick up location.
When the suspects approached the taxi, the officers arrested them.
The canine officer allegedly found evidence of the robbery on the two men, including a knife. Daniel Clapham, 18, of no fixed address and Oskar Balaban of Burlington have both been charged with one count of robbery and one count of wearing a disguise.
The clerk in the convenience store was not harmed during the robbery.
The Halton Regional Police Service is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information should call the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777, ext. 2215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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