Why Live in Oakville
Welcome to Oakville – an impressive and vibrant community, with something for everyone!
The Town of Oakville has a vision to be the most livable town in Canada. Oakville has maintained its small-town sense of community, even with a population pushing 200,000 people! Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, with a strong heritage, celebrated by residents and visitors alike.
Since its inception as an entry port for sailors and ship merchants, Oakville has evolved into a refreshing combination of historic and modern landscapes. It now thrives as a desirable environment to live and work, with access to safe and quiet neighbourhoods, reputable businesses and schools for all ages.
Oakville has a defined mission for the future, which involves strategic population growth based on the protection of its natural and cultural heritage. Its strong core values have also helped it become more sustainable, eco-friendly and inclusive in recent years. Currently, over 60 roadways throughout the town, as well as its transit services and public buildings, have been modified for better accessibility to all citizens.
There are many unique neighbourhoods within the borders of Oakville, each with their own history and attitude. The area currently known as Bronte Village served as a commercial shipping station since the mid-1830s, then later evolved into a flourishing sector combining traditional marine activities with breathtaking views, plentiful small businesses and thrilling waterfront events. Here, you can take in everything the harbour has to offer, including sport fishing charters, Canada Day celebrations in July and Art in the Park in August.
If you’re looking for more of a city vibe, Oakville’s downtown core is the place for you. It’s home to over 400 businesses, such as upscale boutiques and fine dining restaurants. The up-and-coming Southeast Community Centre, to be built on the former Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital site, will also call Downtown Oakville home in fall 2020. Until then, there is plenty more to enjoy, including Sidewalk Sales, Midnight Madness, the TD Songs of Summer Festival, Taste of Downtown Oakville and the Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Kerr Village is yet another gem along Oakville’s lake shore. Built on a foundation of diversity, its construction represents 39 cultures living within one unique space. Its specialty stores and restaurants from all over the world help solidify its commitment to cultural preservation and representation. Abundant access to free parking helps residents and visitors enjoy its wide range of annual events, including street festivals and large community gatherings.
In 2018, Oakville scored high in a broad range of areas examined by Money Sense Magazine. Not only is Oakville pegged as the best place overall in the Country, but also the best place for both new Canadians, third best place for retirees & the fifth best place to raise a family. Located in Halton, situated halfway between Niagara and Toronto, Oakville has convenient access to highways and local transit systems, making the commute easy for those working out of town.