Pickering – Uxbridge is located on the northwestern edge of Lake Ontario. It would take just under four hours to drive the 412 kilometres to Parliament Hill. The riding is accessibly via Highways 401, 412, and 427.
Durham Region Transit and GO Transit provide public transportation service.
The 102-acre Altona Forest was designated an environmentally significant era in 1982. It is home to migratory and songbirds, foxes, coyotes, hawks, and rare amphibians.
The riding is home to several nature attractions, including Lake Ontario, Frenchman’s Bay, Beverly Morgan Park, Bay Ridges Kinsmen Park, and the Pefferlaw Brook, among others.
About 30% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, Jamaica, and India.
Urdu, Tagalog, and Tamil are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 1% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $52,132.
Uxbridge has been dubbed the “Trail Capital of Canada” by Industry Canada, with over 220 kilometres of managed trails across 8,000 acres of greenspace.
Proximity to Lake Ontario and Frenchman’s Bay offer constituents a wide range of water-based activities including swimming and boating in the summer, and skating in the winter.
Many Hollywood actors have starred in movies partially filmed in Uxbridge, including Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Gosling, Mark Wahlberg, Sylvester Stallone, and Kevin Spacey.
Catawissa, Pennsylvania is “twinned” with Uxbridge to commemorate the many Quaker settlers that originated from there in the early 1800s.
Ontario Power Generation is Pickering’s largest employer, mostly thanks to the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.
The top industries in the riding include retail trade; finance and insurance; health care and social assistance; and professional, scientific and technical services.
The average individual income is $48, 210, and the median income is $35, 306.
The OPG 7 Commemorative Turbine, a 1.8-megawatt wind turbine in Pickering, was one of North America’s largest when built in 2001. The riding is also home to the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station and the Pefferlaw Dam.
Based in Pickering and operating in both Canada and Costa Rica, the Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC) is an environmental organization with a goal of conserving and educating about the responsible use of natural resources in tropical rainforests.
The City of Pickering is comprised of several communities such as Fairport, Dunbarton, and Claremont – birthplace of famed artist Tom Thomson.
The Uxbridge Quaker Meeting House was constructed in 1820, the house replaced the earlier Quaker Settlement, a log structure built by a Christian group known as Quakers from Pennsylvania in 1805. The house was closed in 1925, but still opens for annual religious services.