City of Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Pickering City is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, just 40 kilometers and 40 minutes east of Toronto in Durham Region. Compared to big metro areas like its neighbor Toronto and its two and a half million population, Pickering is perceived by many to have a slower pace of life with a smaller population of around 92,000.
Described as “A perfect fusion of metropolitan life with cottage country charm,” it’s one of the best places to work and raise a family, retire, or open a business.
A City of Opportunity
Pickering has plenty of opportunities for investment, and the job market is doing better than many cities in Durham Region. According to an Employment Survey in 2013 by the Region of Durham, its Business Count indicated that Pickering has the most jobs of all Durham Region municipalities, with a near 1/3 ratio of jobs to residents or 29,000+ positions. The Province of Ontario’s planning predicts the creation of an additional 40,000 new jobs over the next two decades.
A Natural Life
Pickering is a pedestrian and bicycle friendly town that features an enclosed pedestrian bridge which crosses highway 401 and connects the downtown with the waterfront and other desirable destinations. Pickering also has a GO Station to connect with an extensive network of train lines and bus routes.
If you like nature, Pickering has over 220 hectares of open space, including 85 parks and several sports fields. There are also many kilometers of colorful nature trails, as well as on-road and off-road bike paths.
The incredible scenery of Pickering’s 7.6 km Waterfront, plus the many recreational opportunities, make it the perfect place to spend the day with family or friends. Enjoy the sandy beaches or go boating, wind surfing or fly a kite. A barrier beach divides the lake from the waterfront, creating just the right wind and waves for safe and fun recreation on the water.
Of course there are many restaurants, shops and live entertainment to enjoy. You can also walk or ride a bike for kilometers on nature trails all along the shoreline – all these just a few minutes from downtown.
If you choose to make Pickering your home, there is no need to travel far for a vacation. You will already be living in a luxurious resort!