The Samac neighbourhood is named after Camp Samac which is part of Scouts Canada. Camp Samac was started in 1946. It was built on land donated by automobile magnate and local Oshawa philanthropist Samuel McLaughlin, the founder of General Motors Canada.
Samac is situated in the north part of urban Oshawa and is one of the newer neighbourhoods in Oshawa having been developed in stages in the early 2000s and 2010s. The Samac name is derived from Camp Samac (a Scouts Canada centre) that occupies a large amount of land at the northwest part of the neighbourhood. Samac residents enjoy the convenience of having numerous shopping options along Taunton Road. Nearby landmarks include Durham College, Ontario Tech University, Oshawa Executive Airport and the Cedar Valley Conservation Area.
The Samac neighbourhood features pretty Colonial Revival detached two-storey houses built in the early 2000s and 21010s. Most of these homes have a combination of brick and frame exteriors with attached single or double car car garages.