Welcome to Oakville!
Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto to one side and Hamilton to the other, the beautiful Town of Oakville is known for its picturesque harbours, vibrant shopping districts, active arts community and some of the best dining options in the Greater Toronto Area.
Oakville was founded in 1857 by Colonel William Chisholm, who purchased the land at the mouths of the 16 Mile and 12 Mile (now known as Bronte) Creeks from the Mississauga people and left development of the lands to his son, Robert Kerr Chisholm, and brother-in-law, Thomas Merrick. Blessed by two natural harbours and shores dense with trees, ship-building and timber became important early industries.
Oakville is now home to over 180,000 people and will welcome approximately 1.4 million visitors this year. In 2012, Toronto Life Magazine ranked Oakville as one of five “must visit” destinations in the Greater Toronto Area.
For more information about Oakville, please visit www.visitoakville.com.