DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE: WHERE PAST MEETS PRESENT

January 21, 2015

While Oakville is known for its “small town feel,” its downtown certainly has a bigger city buzz.

And it’s all just 10 minutes away from the townhome community of Oakvillage, coming soon to Dundas St. E. and Trafalgar Rd.

A brief history lesson: Oakville was originally the territory of the Mississauga Indian tribe, which sold most of its land to the Crown in 1805. In 1820, businessman William Chisholm bought 1,000 acres still belonging to the tribe at the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek.

Downtown Oakville- Oakvillage

 

By creating a town and harbour at that spot, Chisholm created a thriving port of entry for merchants and sailors. This area was also a terminus for the Underground Railroad, and signified freedom for many African-Americans who fled to Canada.

Oakville was declared a town in 1857. It was a bustling, little place and a favourite of out-of-towners who came to “summer” in cottages along the lake. These cottages soon gave way to the more permanent estates you see along the lakeshore today.

You can get a feeling for the town’s heritage by visiting the Oakville Museum where you can also view the permanent Underground Railroad exhibit. Also worth visiting are the beautiful, historic buildings nearby, such as The Old Post Office, The Thomas House and The Erchless Estate and Gardens (once the Chisholm family estate).

Downtown Oakville-Oakvillage

Oakville’s main downtown drag runs for six blocks along Lakeshore Road, from Allan Street to Navy Street. In this relatively small area there are more than 400 businesses. And that means awesome shopping! Find the perfect party dress at Vocado, buy something sweet for your little darling at Never Grow Up, or get bejeweled at Laurie McLachlan Jewellery.

The downtown area also features a variety of services in a concentrated space including spas and salons, fitness studios, banks and more.

And the area is a foodie wonderland, with tastes for every palate. Devour the guacamole at award-winning Julia Ristorante, enjoy a Mango Chicken wrap at Afro Café or sip on a sweet tea at the Tea Emporium.

Oakville’s downtown is the place where storied past meets vibrant present, and it’s a spot you’ll visit again and again.

 What’s your favourite downtown spot? Tweet us @OakvillageLife, and register for the master-planned townhome community of Oakvillage today!