Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Oshawa is the quintessential Toronto suburban city with a vibrant culture, laid-back vibe, breathtaking sights, plenty of parks and trails, buzzing downtown, and tons of things to do and Locations to see. The city is also the perfect student haven in many ways- it has world-class universities, a bustling student population, a welcoming environment, great entertainment, and nightlife options, and is perfectly suitable for a student budget.
#1 When in doubt, a walking tour is a way to go
Downtown Oshawa, nestled on the west side of the Oshawa River, is a bustling hub, brimming with shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment and live music venues, parks, and so much more. There is so much to explore and so much to do that the best way to cover all of it and get the full experience is going on a walking tour!
It is the best way to have a fun and relaxing day in the city, and you get to simply muck around, browse, soak in the chill vibes, eat and drink when and wherever you want, shop a little, and explore.
#2 Fun time at the zoo
The Oshawa Zoo houses over 40 species of exotic and domestic animal and bird species. Camels, lemurs, macaws, peafowl, coatimundi, llamas, wallabies, sheep, potbellied pigs, mini donkeys are some of the animals you can find at this zoo.
The Oshawa zoo has ethical practices and often takes in orphaned, abandoned, and injured animals to feed them, love them, and take care of them. So, you do not have to worry about the ill-treatment of the animals or anything like that, in fact, it would be kinda like supporting a good cause, all the while getting to have a fun time spending time with these animals and even petting or feeding them.
#3 Spend a day at the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve
The reserve is open to the public all seven days of the week, all year round, and the entry is free. It features about 11 walking trails, some of which are connected to the Second Marsh Wildlife Area and Darlington Provincial Park. It also has to view Policy for photographers and birdwatchers and Dogwood Trail for the visually impaired travelers.
McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve is home to around 400 types of plants, trees, wildflowers, and a variety of native birds, animals, and fish. The reserve is absolutely stunning and super instagrammable, and is the perfect way to spend a peaceful day and will take you to new heights of tranquillity!
#4 Picnic at the iconic Darlington Provincial Park or the Botanical Garden
Oshawa has plenty of parks and gardens, each beautiful in its own right, but nothing quite beats the Darlington Provincial Park and the Botanical Garden. Although on the smaller side, the Darlington Provincial Park is absolutely breathtaking with a plethora of wildlife and lush greenery. You can find white-tailed deer, grey wolves, and lovely monarch butterflies here, along with a small beach, campsite spots, picnic facilities, and hiking trails.
While, the Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden is a network of parks featuring gorgeous trails, outdoor fitness equipment, pavilions, gazebos, and picnic spots. It is super aesthetic and enamoring to look at!
The city has a lot more to offer, but we suggest starting with this and then moving on to the rest. So, put on your explorer hat and get the party started!