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CITY OF PICKERING
Summary: The first municipality east of Toronto, the City of Pickering (www.pickering.ca) has a population of 95,000 and is committed to protecting its natural attributes.
The City is developing the Seaton Community (www.pickering.ca/en/cityhall/seatoncommunity.asp) in Central Pickering as a new model of urban sustainability that will eventually be home to 60,000 residents and 30,000 jobs. The community offers opportunities for prestige employment along the Hwy. 407/7 corridor, directly adjacent to lands designated for a future airport.
Location: In addition to Hwy. 407/7, Pickering offers direct access to Hwy. 401 and is within convenient proximity to two international airports and two regional airports.
Transportation: Pickering is one of two transit mobility hubs designated in Durham.
History: Pickering Museum Village (www.pickering.ca/en/museum.asp) is home to 20 heritage buildings and is the largest living history museum in Durham. More than 200 volunteers bring the village to life by interpreting local history from the late 1700s to 1920s.
Economy: Pickering has many successful industry leaders, and a healthy and growing economy centred on its EN3 cluster: ENergy, ENvironment & Engineering – the strongest of its kind in Ontario. It’s home to the largest industrial base in Durham, a diverse, advanced manufacturing sector, and an emerging Information and Communications Technology sector.
Nature: Pickering is home to 220+ hectares of open space and parkland, including more than 85 parks, numerous sports fields and trails.
Arts and culture: Pickering proudly showcases its diversity and unique heritage through a variety of arts and cultural activities. Its Cultural Directory provides online visitors with convenient access to a broad and incredible array of cultural organizations, artisans and cultural heritage facilities. The Pickering Public Library operates three branches.
Downtown: The City’s vision is to create an integrated pedestrian, cycling and transit network that’s safe, comfortable and intuitive. The provincial government has identified Pickering's City Centre as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub.
Shopping: Pickering Town Centre (http://pickeringtowncentre.com/) is a one-million-square-foot shopping centre anchored by Hudson’s Bay and Sears, and home to 200+ stores and services. Redevelopment of the west wing will usher in new stores and new 12-screen Cineplex Cinemas. Nestled on the welcoming shores of Lake Ontario is the charming Nautical Village, home to shops, cafés, restaurants, beaches and a lively marina.