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Oshawa-Durham Ontario City Information information, listings and links



Here are some basic facts about Oshawa-Durham:

Location

Park Bandshell in Oshawa Oshawa has a population of over 140,000 and lies 60 km east of downtown Toronto. The city sits on Highway 401 connecting Toronto to Quebec and the Maritimes, and is the doorway to Ontario's Kawartha Lakes cottage country. The city is at 43.88865 North Latitude and 78.85952 degrees West longitude, and lies 91 metres above sea level. We are in Eastern standard time, The same as Toronto and New York, and 6 hours earlier than western Europe.

Name

The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aazhaway, which means "crossing to the other side of a river or lake" or just "(a)cross"

Population

The population of Oshawa is 140,000. The Durham Region was 561,000 in 2006.

Ontario is the most populous of Canada's provinces, and was one of the original provinces in Canada’s Confederation in 1867. Ontario has 11 million residents in its 1,100,000 square kilometres (413,000 sq miles). Oshawa is about 60 km (40 miles) east of the province’s capital city, Toronto.

Industries

Predominant industries are automobile manufacturing (with General Motors Canada here, and their various suppliers) and related industries, retail, and recreation.

Weather

The community lies on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and about midway between the North Pole and the Equator. The region's proximity to Lake Huron and Gerogian Bay has a moderating effect on the climate in the area. The area is the convergence of two wather paterns, one from the southwest brining warm humid air (all the way from the Gulf of Mexica, actually) and from the northwest brings drier Artic air. In teh summer the area is drier and sunnier, and in the winter colder, cloudier and snowier. The stabilizing effect of the Great Lakes means that Falls stay frost-free longer and the Spring comes later

Average daily temperatures are:

ScaleJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Celsius

-5

-4

0

6

12

17

20

20

15

9

4

-2

Fahrenheit

23

25

32

43

54

63

68

69

60

48

39

28



An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
Metric-Imperial temperature conversion chart

Oshawa a total of 759 millimetres (29 inches) of rainfall per year,and 118 cm (46 inches) of snowfall.

Tipping

Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will be 50% higher the GST & tax), with 20% (about double the GST & tax) for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.


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