Welcome to Oakville
A peaceful, affluent community on the shores of Lake Ontario
This hidden gem west of Toronto hugs the shores of Lake Ontario. This affluent community is rich in small-town charm and stunning natural views. It has gorgeous weather that draws residents outdoors to its many biking and walking paths, parks, and shores.
Oakville was developed around its industry from the beginning when it was the home to shipbuilding companies in the mid-1800s. After an economic recession and the building of the Great Western Railway, it became the headquarters of several oil companies and, most notably, Ford Motor Company, which is still anchored in Oakville.
Oakville is laden with history, and its homes are no exception. Along the waterfront, Oakville, Toronto's real estate boasts gorgeous homes, bungalows, and houses that can date back to the 19th century. Everything from Georgian to Tudor to Neoclassical homes can be found throughout the four heritage districts, and they have all been impeccably maintained. Residents seeking more modern homes can also find new constructions throughout this affluent town as well.
What to Love
- Gorgeous waterfront shopping, dining, and living
- Four heritage districts full of Oakville's historic homes for sale
- Charming small-town feel
- Fun local events
Oakville residents have a thriving job market in town, but they also have access to the flourishing economy of Toronto. This town attracts professionals, families, and everyone in between. The real draw here is the proximity to nature. Oakville is full of gorgeous nature paths and is nestled along the sandy shores of Lake Ontario. It’s easy to optimize your free time and live a peaceful, nature-filled life in this affluent waterfront town.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Oakville, one of the core historic areas, is full of incredible dining experiences and high-end shops. It also has a wonderful coffee scene with everything from Starbucks to small-batch local roasteries. Tribeca Coffee Co. serves highly curated local coffees crafted to perfection, while Aroma Espresso Bar is an iconic international coffee company that roasts its own beans.
Cucci Ristorante is the ideal Oakville spot to celebrate a special occasion, with its intimate interior and a luxurious menu of Italian staples. Sotto Sotto is another favorite for Italian cuisine. Seasons has an incredible menu, but the atmosphere is the real star. It’s housed in a historic building that was once the police station — the cells have been converted to a wine cellar and dining area. Mediterranean-inspired Paradiso Restaurant is a relaxing dining experience with an open kitchen concept.
Oakville has several great shopping centres, including Dorval Crossing West and SmartCentres Oakville. If you’re looking for high-end boutiques, Old Oakville is the place to go. Near the waterfront, shoppers can get kitchenware from Nicetys, luxurious local fashions from Lemonwood, and premium outerwear from Barrington’s.
Things to Do
Thanks to its location on the waterfront, Oakville’s natural beauty is its most prized quality. The village is full of gorgeous parks and sandy shores, as well as a number of incredible community events.
Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park has gorgeous walkways and abundant green space. During the summer, the park is the location of outdoor events like concerts and movies in the park. Spend a day on the sandy shores of Lake Ontario at South Shell Park. Tannery Park provides a gorgeous outdoor space to look over the waterfront. Lakeside Park is home to the Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate, and the pier to the lighthouse is the perfect place to watch the sailboats come back to the marina at dusk.
Oakville Waterfront Festival features multiple days of concerts, food, entertainment, and even a pop-up theme park. Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival gives its visitors a close-up experience of what making maple syrup is like and sends them home brimming with happiness and sugary treats. Oakville Midnight Madness is a celebration of Downtown Oakville, with shops offering incredible discounts, street entertainers roaming over six blocks, and music stages set up throughout the area. Stuff yourself with savory meats and family fun at the annual Oakville Family Ribfest.