Oakville has earned a reputation of being one of Canada’s most desirable cities to live in. The reasons are innumerable, but one undeniable draw is its charismatic core. Geographically adorned to the south by Lake Ontario, Downtown Oakville is as beautiful in its environment as it is rich in its offerings.
Featuring over 400 shops, services and eateries, Downtown Oakville is special in that it brings people together with a warm community spirit. The BIA works hard at creating seasonal ambiance to heighten the atmosphere of the heart of Oakville.
Boasting 192 restaurants, many of Oakville’s best can be found strolling along Lakeshore Blvd. Whether you fancy a burger at the Sports Grill or cappuccino at a trendy cafe, it is a street of treats and delights.
Oakville’s fine dining is comparable to Toronto and New York’s best known restaurants. Jonathans has acquired the reputation of being one of the country’s most excellent, voted Best Restaurant in Oakville for 14 years. Another established awarded fine eatery is Oliver’s of Oakville. The infamous Pasquale’s Trattoria is divine as is Mye Japanese, Paradisio and Julia Ristorante. Accommodating a myriad of culinary tastes, vast are the selections of Thai, Lebanon, and Mediterranean restaurants.
Shopping in Downtown Oakville is simply one of life’s best pleasures! Attracting scrupulous shoppers, the area is bejewelled with chic salons, boutiques, jewellers and custom shops. Many are high-end, but most are affordable. People love to walk and window shop…happy to peek in and explore unique merchandise. Art galleries galore and one-of-a-kind wares make for a wonderful stroll!
Bringing residents and tourists in throngs are the special events celebrated in Oakville’s core. Largely considered one of the leading jazz festivals in the GTA, the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival celebrated its 21 year of success this summer. The perfect venue, closing down the street in turn opens it up to accommodate thousands of happy people. Such is the case with ‘Midnight Madness’! The street comes alive with more than 50,000 people turning out annually to get great deals at Oakville’s largest retail event that includes food, live music, and lots of community spirit. And then there is Christmas…. It’s as if Downtown Oakville was the chosen venue for everyone to come together and celebrate a Dickens-like Christmas! From the tree lighting ceremonies in George’s Square to the carollers and adorned streets and shops…downtown is transformed into times gone by.
It is no surprise people are known to drive far and wide to experience the heart of Oakville.