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About Pickering

Pickering is a city located in Southern Ontario, Canada, immediately east of Toronto in Durham Region. For centuries, it fell under the stewardship of the Iroquoian-speaking Wyandotte.

Beginning in the 1770s, the area was settled by primarily ethnic British colonists. An increase in population occurred after the American Revolutionary War, when the Crown resettled Loyalists and encouraged new immigration. Many of the smaller rural communities have been preserved and function as provincially significant historic sites and museums .The city also includes the development of Durham Live, a multi-billion-dollar casino complex.

The southern part of the city is mainly suburban, with industrial areas restricted to the area around Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Most of the suburban areas were built as subdivisions after World War II, starting in the area around Frenchman’s Bay. Prior to the war, the few suburban areas in the township were the communities of Dunbarton, Fairport Beach, Liverpool Market, and Rouge Hill. Squires Beach, located by the lakeshore in the southeast part of the city, is now a ghost town as the area was cleared from 1966 to make way for the construction of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. The only home standing in Squires Beach was built by Timothy Rogers in 1842 and relocated to Montgomery Park Road. Squires Beach Road is now cut off from the lake by a waste water treatment plant.

The northern part of the municipality is mainly rural, primarily used for agricultural purposes. However, a number of residential developments are found in this area, and the locally controversial Seaton area also falls within this part of the city. The primary rural communities in Pickering are Claremont, Brougham, and Whitevale; a number of smaller communities exist throughout northern Pickering, such as Greenwood. John Diefenbaker, a Prime Minister of Canada, lived in Greenwood for a number of years.

The abandoned ghost town of Altona is located there. Cherrywood, another hamlet in Pickering, is one of the few areas that are protected within the Greenbelt.

The communities of Kinsale in the northeast and Green River on the York-Durham town line are other small communities in Pickering, with a population each of between 50–100 people. Most of these communities were founded in the 1700s and 1800s and have churches and historic estates that have been restored through government funding.[3] Dixie is a small rural community situated in rural Pickering, with more contemporary buildings.

The film industry has been very active in communities such as Whitevale, since the 1980s, due to the quality of the historical buildings and untouched nature of the landscape. The television shows Hannibal (2013–2015) Suits (2011–2019), and American Gods (2017) have filmed extensively in Whitevale and in other locations in Pickering.

Nautical Village is located at Frenchman’s Bay and features entertainment, a playground, a boardwalk, restaurants, shops and an art gallery.

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The City Of Pickering

Population: 96,267


  • Pickering has a Livability Score of 88/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Pickering Crime Rates are 19% lower than the Ontario average
  • Cost of Living in Pickering is 10% lower than the Ontario average
  • Pickering Real Estate prices are 22% lower than the Ontario average
  • Rental Prices in Pickering are 100% lower than the Ontario average

The #1 guide to living in Metro Toronto, ON for 2021, is compiled using the AreaVibes Livability Score which is calculated from a score out of 100 and based on various categories. These categories include amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing, and weather.

Durham Region

The Regional Municipality of Durham, informally referred to as Durham Region, is located east of Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York, Durham forms the east-end of the Greater Toronto Area and part of the Golden Horseshoe region.

The southern portion of the region, on Lake Ontario is primarily suburban in nature, forming the eastern end of the 905 area code belt of suburbs around Toronto. The northern area comprises rural areas and small towns. The city of Pickering, town of Ajax and the township of Uxbridge are part of the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area, while the communities of Oshawa, Whitby, and Clarington comprise the Oshawa Census Metropolitan Area.

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