The Northglen neighbourhood was created after the City of Oshawa was formed in 1974. The name makes reference to the fact that this neighbourhood is situated in the north part of Oshawa in a glen or ravine like setting. While the name may be new the community dates back to the 1790s when this section of Oshawa was originally part of Whitby Township and later on East Whitby Township.
Throughout its history Northtglen has been characterized by agricultural farms, woodlots, and gravel based concession roads lined with hedgerows and farm fences. Large homesteads dotted the Northglen landscape throughout the 1800s and 1900s. Rural residential development began in the mid 1950s and into the 1960s. The first residences were built on Thornton Road North and Conlin Road.
The Northglen neighbourhood has a suburban appearance with lots of greenspace. It is bordered by Carruthers Creek and a ravine valley to the east and rural lands to the north. The west boundary just beyond Taunton Road is shared with the Town of Whitby. Neighbourhood landmarks include the Oshawa Airport Golf Club, Mount Pleasant Thornton Cemetery and Oshawa Aeronautical Military and Industrial Museum – The Ontario Regiment Museum. This neighbourhood has larger homes and convenient access to transportation corridors making it popular with business executives. Well buffered at the north end of this neighbourhood is the Oshawa Executive Airport. This airport caters to corporate business travel.
Simcoe Street North provides Northglen residents with a variety of shopping options from retail stores and restaurants to professional services.
Northglen’s tree-lined streets east of Thornton Road feature a collection of housing styles from the 1960s and 70s including charming detached two-storey Colonial homes, ranch bungalows, raised bungalows and split-level homes. The homes in the newer section of the neighbourhood west of Thornton Road are larger subdivision style houses built in the early 2000s. These brick exterior homes all have large driveways with a double car garage in front of the house.
Cedar Valley Conservation Area located at 1510 Simcoe St. N, features a public trail that is perfect for a summer stroll with the family or an on-leash outing with your dog. This conservation area provides many opportunities to enjoy nature.
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is the largest public art gallery in Oshawa. Ontario. The gallery showcases a sizeable collection of Canadian contemporary and modern artwork. Community based arts events and workshops are held here throughout the year.