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Oshawa walking tour

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Are you planning a trip and wondering what to do in Toronto? A walk through the city’s historic center is an opportunity to learn about its history and discover all of its attractions. You will have to solve challenges at each step along your way, to discover your next destination.

Solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. Learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you.

The Oshawa Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.3 km/2.1 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It takes 3 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge:  varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 3.7 km/2.3 mi
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible throughout
  • Pet friendly throughout
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt

Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Scroll below for additional details, including locations seen, and how to start the activity.

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Description

The Oshawa Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 3.3 km/2.1 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It takes 3 hours to complete.

We designed and tested this tour in the Fall of 2022.

You will see:

  • City Hall
  • Memorial Park
  • Oshawa Arena
  • Canadian Automotive Museum
  • RS McLaughlin Armoury
  • St George’s Anglican Church
  • Parkwood Estate Garden
  • Robert McLaughlin House
  • Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens
  • And many monuments and statues!

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of NORMAL.

Your group’s size should be between 2 and 6 people. In fact, children are welcome and will enjoy the varied challenges.

After purchase, to begin your Oshawa walking tour, go to the front of Oshawa City Hall, 50 Centre St S, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z7.

Once there, log in to this website and begin your hunt.

Alternatively, you can access “My Account” and follow the instructions there.

Never hesitate to contact us if you experience any difficulties.

Early History

Oshawa began as a fur trading post around 1760 between French “coureurs des bois”. These were traveling fur traders, usually traveling by canoe, or on small boats. They traded with the local Mississauga Natives.

In the late 18th century, a fishing and export business was founded, shipping salmon to the United States across the lake. Many United Empire Loyalists left the United States during and after the Revolutionary War, to remain under British rule. French Canadians, Irish, and Cornish immigrants followed. 

Oshawa became an important stop on the road between York (Toronto) and Kingston, as well as a stop along the Grand Trunk Railway in 1890 linking Quebec City to Toronto and beyond.

Recent History

In 1907, an automobile manufacturer was set up under the name McLaughlin Motor Car Company. It used Buick engines at the time. General Motors Canada was created in 1918 in the merging of Buick, Chevrolet, and McLaughlin.

Oshawa’s population grew from 4,000 to 16,000 during the 1920 due to the automotive industry. This allowed Oshawa to incorporate as a city proper in 1924.

4,000 assembly line workers went on strike in 1937 seeking better wages, an 8-hour workday, better working conditions,  and union representation.

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Additional information

Start location

in front of Oshawa City Hall, 50 Centre St S, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z7

End point

this tour ends 1 block from the start location

Sights seen

45 sites seen: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions

Challenges

48 varied challenges – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.

Duration

2 to 3 hours at normal walking pace

Required

Fully charged smartphone with internect access (data plan with LTE, 4G or 3G)

Distance

3.7 kilometers/2.3 miles

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