Oakville is a vibrant community boasting unique downtowns, state of the art recreation facilities, theatres, authentic dining,championship golf courses, notable events, historical buildings, trails and an accessible waterfront. Visitors are an essential part ofthe economic success of many of the town‟s businesses and help to sustain Oakville‟s unique character. Essentially, visitation allows Oakville to use or leverage other people‟s money to support its businesses and facilities.
Oakville‟s points of differentiation include:
3 Distinct Downtown Areas
Downtown Oakville is a sophisticated shopping and cultural district noted for the upscale retail mix, professional businesses and exceptional dining in picturesque Olde Oakville. The Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area is home to over 450 businesses and is a fascinating heritage, art and entertainment destination. Downtown Oakville‟s fine collection of retail boutiques include art galleries, restaurants, gourmet food purveyors, high fashion and design houses, health, wealth, and wellness centres and all the desired brand names. Each year the Downtown Oakville BIA‟s businesses host events including the ever popular „Sidewalk Sale‟, „Midnight Madness‟, the famous „Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival‟, and „A Taste of Downtown Oakville‟ which happens twice a year in February and September.
Kerr Village offers a one-of-a-kind experience, this vibrant destination point is a worthwhile stop for travellers and locals alike. Nestled in the heart of Oakville, quaint “mom and pop” shops offer unusual items including home décor, handcrafted furniture, antiques and artwork. Specialty retail stores boast a diverse range of musical instruments, books, stylish clothing, children‟s accessories and athletic apparel, as well as hobby supplies, pet paraphernalia and gifts for collectors.
When it comes to the neighbourhood eateries, nothing better illustrates the richness and diversity of this trendy community. Whether meeting for a cappuccino, enjoying a gelato, listening to local entertainment, watching a sporting event, or sitting down to an ethnically-inspired meal, visitors to Kerr Village will be treated to “forks and corks” from every corner of the world. Established in 1834, Bronte Village is one of the oldest Ontario communities. It was commercial shipping centre for grain and timber but evolved to a commercial fishing port by the 19th century Bronte‟s marine heritage, “small-town” specialty shops with “big-city” health and professional services, dining options, shopping, exciting events and location midway between Toronto and Niagara, makes Bronte a great place to visit. Visitors can stroll Bronte‟s spectacular harbour, pier, Boardwalk, lighthouse, beaches, parklands, walking trails, picnic and children‟s play areas.
Bronte Harbour is a main access point to the Waterfront Trail system and is home to the See historic Sovereign House on Bronte Bluffs and the Fishermen‟s Memorial at the Pier. Each year Bronte Village welcomes residents and visitors by hosting events such as Canada Day, July 1st. with Fireworks, Art in the Park August , Harbour Days Music Festival August and Autumnfest, World Class Golf Recognized as the home of the Canadian Open‟, Oakville has become internationally known as a destination for first-class golf. Although no longer the only location for the Canadian Open, Glen Abbey continues to receive international recognition. Golfers from around the world ensure this golf course is on their list of “must play” courses.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is a great place to discover the real game of golf, from its champions and championships. This is the only golf hall of fame in Canada and is open year round. Everyone from the serious golfer to history buffs and children can enjoy a round in the 18-hole exhibit gallery. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of one of Canada‟s oldest and most popular games. Situated on the scenic grounds of the Glen Abbey Golf Club, host to many thrilling Canadian Opens.
Arts and Culture
From live theatre and music to garden tours and galleries, Oakville has an extremely vibrant arts and cultural community. Oakville ishome to many talented artists who create in many different genres. With a roster of local, national and international talent, the Oakville Centre offers the finest in music, drama, comedy, dance, and family entertainment. Galleries in Oakville offer a feast for the eyes and ears. Many provide accompanying audio tours to give you the complete experience as you walk and explore.
Visiting Oakville is like taking a step back in time where one can savour a town steeped in history and culture. The Town of Oakville owes its existence to the vision of Colonel William Chisholm (1788-1842), an enterprising merchant and shipbuilder. In 1827, he bought 960 acres of land from the Crown at the mouth of the Sixteen Mile Creek on Lake Ontario to establish a port, shipbuilding yard and the village of Oakville. Oakville takes great pride in the preservation of its heritage in all of its forms – natural, built and cultural. Oakville has numerous heritage sites including Erchless Estate, the original home of the Chisholm family which has been authentically restored. Stroll through the historic streets of Old Oakville with its classic architecture. Visitors can learn about significant periods in Canadian history including Oakville‟s role in the Underground Railroad and visit Sovereign House in Bronte Village West. Visitors can visit many of Oakville‟s cultural and historical sites on during the annual Doors Open Oakville in September.
Oakville is a boater‟s paradise. Boasting two spectacular scenic harbour – Oakville Harbour in downtown Oakville at 16 Mile Creek and Bronte Harbour at the mouth of 12 Mile Creek – Oakville attracts boats from all over the Great Lakes. The harbours and marinas are within walking distance of Oakville’s three shopping and dining districts (downtown Oakville, Bronte Village and Kerr Village).
Source: Oakville Tourisim
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