Discover the best top things to do in Ajax, Canada including Rotary Park, Lynde Shores Conservation Area, Waterfront Trail, Parkwood National Historic Site, Greenwood Conservation Area, Frenchman's Bay Marina, Heber Down Conservation Area, Canadian Automotive Museum, Ajax Waterfront Park, Pickering Museum Village.
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4.5 based on 183 reviews
Fantastic place to spend the afternoon outdoors with the family. Easy to locate at the south end of Harwood Avenue South. Several free parking areas all along Lake Driveway. For young children, there is a large jungle gym playground and water splash park. Huge open areas for running around and picnic tables scattered around to have a meal. There are some but not many shady areas though. During the summer months, they have a good snack bar operating that serves a larger than expected menu of hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks, ice cream, slush cones and fries among other things. They have washroom facilities and drinking Fountains. The waterfront bike and walking trail runs right thru Rotary so you can make this a starting point. There is a great view of the lake. This is a fantastic park to fly kites.
4.5 based on 216 reviews
The best part is that the local wildlife are used to human interaction (not sure if good or bad, but definitely fun and cute for the kids).
Bring a big bag of peanuts and watch the chipmunks (sometimes squirrels) curiously come up to you and grab it out of your hands. Sometimes birds (mainly the chickadees) will come up real close, sometimes land in your hand or on your body, to feed off you as well.
You will need to pack drinks + food as there is no place to purchase anything there.
4.5 based on 75 reviews
4.5 based on 297 reviews
An Autobaron's home of innovation and inspiration, and one of Canada's last grand estates. Immerse yourself in the era and lavish lifestyle of R. S. McLaughlin - founder of GM Canada. Beautifully preserved and so evocative of the jazz age & big band styles in automobiles, fashions, sporting life and garden parties. Get up close and personal with extensive access to historic spaces and fascinating stories of achievement and a life well-lived. Learn about the daily life of the large domestic staff that made this grand estate possible, and take a wander through the staff quarters to get a glimpse into the life of service.
So how do you record a visit to share with others and remember back home? Take pictures! Why does this place forbid non-flash still photography? Copyrights? The walls, furniture and such are copyrighted? Somewhat of an odd explanation. Maybe the film companies that use this place have "exclusive" rights?
Anyway the tour was pleasant, The guide was cheerful and shared a lot about its owner and family.
The Gardens were OK but not stunning or picturesque, just pleasant rows of a few species of plants over and over again. The auto robotic lawnmower was a sight to see though.
Bring your walking shows and there are stairs to climb. But leave that camera turned off!
4.5 based on 48 reviews
Last weekend my husband and I went to the Greenwood Conservation Area to try out some of the hiking and walking trails. We were surprised by all of the offerings at this location and I have shared our experience below.
Getting to the location was fairly easy by car. We actually passed the street on the way there because it wasn't as visible as we anticipated it being with signage, but if you paid more attention I'm sure you would be fine.
At the main entrance there is a paved lot with a number of spots available. From there it is a bit of a walk into the park and to the paths. You can continue driving further up the road and park in another paved lot (by the pavilion) or in the large field. Tip: be careful where you park in the field! We saw someone triple park someone into a spot, and also block cars on the side from being able to get out of their spots. We would park in the field again, but definitely farther away.
There were a number of trails to walk/hike. They have clearly marked signage to advise you which trails were easy, medium and more difficult. We walked the Bird Walk Trail, Meadow Trail, and Duffins Trail; all of which varied in difficulty. Some of the trails have paved walking areas, grassy walking areas, and then narrow dirt paths through the forest. There's a great look-out point on the Bird Walk Trail.
There were a few picnic shelters that could be reserved (permit fees apply) with picnic tables. You could also pay to reserve picnic tables with no shelter. There are open green spaces, a play structure for children, and restrooms that we found to be quite well-kept. We even found our way to an area that is designated for humans to let their dogs venture off-leash. The rules for this are posted.
We enjoyed our walks here, and found the grounds staff to be very helpful in explaining the trails and helping to orient us in the park. We spent approximately 2 hours on the trails and would say we are of average fitness levels. We will definitely go back in the future to walk the trails again and perhaps bring a picnic! Also, I would consider having an outdoor party here and renting one of the picnic shelters since this would be a great outdoor option.
4.5 based on 41 reviews
We love walking around here - incredibly peaceful, great place for families and to watch the sunset.
Get some ice cream from the parlour closest to the water and go for a stroll.
The nuclear power plant is a damper on the views but rest assured we have our very own Homer Simpson manning the helm so nothing will ever go wrong and even if it does, at least you'll be enjoying some ice cream.
4.5 based on 104 reviews
If you are going for a nature walk, or riding a bike, or jogging, or to see birds, this is the place to go, we did not see any wildlife, but the walk was very comfortable, were a running shoe as part of the road has gravel, couple parts of the road is a bit steep, but is very manageable.
4.5 based on 167 reviews
The Canadian Automotive Museum collects and displays the history of the automobile in Canada. The museum is open: Monday-Friday 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm (April through October), Closed Public Holidays
The Canadian Automotive Museum has old cars. Quite a lot of old cars. Near priceless antique cars. There is so much of Oshawa's history tucked into one building, that it is most definitely worth the time. Budget at least an hour and a half, but...MoreThank you - We're glad you enjoyed your visit. We have a multi-year plan in place to update the label content for both in the galleries and online, including French translations of all of the text panels.
4.5 based on 23 reviews
Ajax has one of the nicest and largest waterfronts. There are walking trails that you can walk, run or bike on. Many people walk their dogs here. There have been coyote sitings in the past but I haven't heard of any reports lately. It's especially beautiful in the summer time when you wish to cool off and enjoy the view!
4.5 based on 45 reviews
Explore the largest living history museum in Durham Region. It's a unique experience brought to life by live pioneers in 18 heritage buildings including a blacksmith's shop, general store, school house, temperance hotel, steam barn and chapel. Visit us today and travel back in time!
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