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Oshawa, Ontario (City)

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Oshawa is a city on lake Ontario located fifty six kilometers to the east of downtown Toronto in Ontario, Canada. The total area of the city is 145.65 square kilometers and the population was 139,051 according to 2001 census. It is commonly viewed as the eastern anchor of both the Greater Toronto area and the Golden Horseshoe. The region has its own metropolitan area, the sixteenth largest in Canada. It is the largest community in the regional municipality of Durham. The name Oshawa originates from the Seneca native term for crossing of a stream. Around 1760, the French constructed a trading post near the harbour location. This was abandoned after a few years, but its ruins provided shelter for the first residents of what later became Oshawa.
The opening of the Oshawa shopping centre which was barely a mile to the west of the four corners in 1956, struck a blow to Oshawa's downtown from which it has never been able to recover. For most of the last thirty years, the city has tried to promote the downtown core as a viable place to live and work. Intercity buses have been developed. Recently the city has undergone some improvements. One can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. The city enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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