Canada's Best Place to Live ranked by MoneySense Magazine

In Oakville, quality of life is not just an expression.

It is a reality and ranks right near the top as one of the main reasons business leaders, owners and employees choose our community to work and to live. Our enviable recreation and lifestyle options have helped Oakville consistently rate as one of the top places to live and raise kids in Canada.

Living life to the fullest

Oakville residents have the distinct advantage of being able to live life to the fullest. With an expansive view of Lake Ontario, our downtown area features both historic and modern architecture, with buildings that house over 400 fine shops, services and restaurants.

With theatres, festivals, galleries, over 2,400 acres (972 hectares) of parkland and more than 20 golf courses nearby, including the renowned Glen Abbey Golf Club, you’ll never run out of entertainment and leisure options.

  • Great neighbourhoods
  • Quality schools
  • A state-of-the-art community hospital
  • Located on Lake Ontario
  • Charming shopping districts

Culture. Restaurants. Shopping.

Oakville is home to three business improvement areas (BIAs). These commercial areas have exciting and varied shopping, cultural and restaurant offerings and are local destinations for residents and employees in Oakville.

Bronte Village - On the shores of Lake Ontario, Bronte Village is home to over 200 businesses. Discover international and local dining, cool shops and fine boutiques — all in a beautiful lakeside setting.

Downtown Oakville - A delightful shopping and cultural district with a mix of retail, professional services and exceptional dining. Downtown has over 400 businesses and is rich in history and heritage.

Kerr Village - A vibrant community with its own distinctive character, Kerr Village is known for its shops, restaurants and community events.

A town of safe and distinctive neighbourhoods

Oakville is a town of safe neighbourhoods, each with its own personality, traditions, distinctive architecture and lifestyle choices. New residents have a range of choices - from lake front lots and traditional homes, to smart modern subdivisions and condos.

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Oakville is home to renowned educational institutions

Oakville residents have access to the best educational institutions throughout Oakville and the Greater Toronto Area. You, your family or your employees can take full advantage of opportunities for education at every level.

  • Sheridan College – world-renowned for digital media and animation programs
  • Many of the top universities and colleges in Ontario and Canada are within driving distance including University of Toronto, McMaster University and Mohawk College
  • Many of the best public and private schools in Canada, including Appleby College and MacLachlan College, are located in Oakville.

Lifestyle - the choice is yours

Oakville is a beautiful lakeside town with a strong heritage, preserved and celebrated by residents and visitors alike. This striking town has become one of the most coveted residential and business communities in Ontario.

We invite you to follow these links to explore lifestyle and leisure choices in Oakville:

Culture and Recreation
Parks and Trails
Heritage and History

Experience Oakville

In the heart of Canada's Golden Horseshoe, Oakville leaves a lasting impression with visitors who experience one of Canada's most livable cities. Whether is theatre, sports, leisurely pursuits, history, art, dining out or the charm and character of our distinctive heritage neighbourhoods, Oakville has so much to offer visitors. Special attractions, festivals and activities are geared to the whole family. Visitors can take in acres of park space, many with groomed hiking trails, or a recreation centre which provides programs for all ages. For boaters, Oakville features two picturesque harbours with docks and slips for sail and powerboats.