The City of Oshawa is known for its civic pride which is reflected in a series of downtown wall murals that depict Oshawa’s illustrious history. In 1999, Oshawa was awarded top prize in the national Communities in Bloom Festival, for the beautification of its revitalized downtown core.Oshawa’s other primary attributes include a premiere hospital in Lakeridge Health Oshawa, excellent schools, convenient transportation corridors, and an abundance of parkland and recreation facilities. Oshawa boasts two massive waterfront parks: Lakefront Park West and Lakeview Park that feature many scenic picnic areas and an abundance of recreational amenities.
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- General Motors Canada headquartered in Oshawa, has roots in the community going all the way back to 1907.
- Northern Dancer, was the first Canadian-bred racehorse to win the Kentucky Derby. He also captured the Preakness Stakes and the Queen’s Plate. Northern Dancer, considered to be among the best racehorses of all time. He was born at the former Windfields Farm in the north part of Oshawa.
- National Hockey League Hall of Fame superstars; Bobby Orr and Eric Lindros both played junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League