- City Guide - Pickering
Pickering is a city located in Southern Ontario, Canada immediately east of Toronto in Durham Region, and has a population of over 88,000.
Pickering area was Aboriginal territory for thousands of years, and the first record was in 1669, in reference to missionary M. Fenelon. Surveying of the township was completed by 1776, and the 1813 census recorded population of 180 people.
Present day Pickering is home to the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, an eight-reactor facility with a capacity of 4,120 megawatts. The first station, Pickering A, opened with four reactors in 1971. Ontario Power Generation, the plants' operator, is the largest single employer in the city. In 2001, the wind-powered OPG 7 Commemorative Turbine was opened on the generating station site.
A number of manufacturers are also located in the city. Major employers include Yorkville Sound, Purdue Pharma, Hubbell Canada, PSB Speakers, Lenbrook and Eco-Tec Inc.
During your time in Pickering you can look forward to many enjoyable experiences. Pickering is home of the Backwoods Players, Pickering Museum Village , Herongate Barn Theatre, Durham West Arts Centre, and the SilverStone Gallery. The Pickering Community Concert Band - made up of all ages – will indulge your inner musician with performances throughout the year at various community events. Pickering is also home to the largest living history museum, which plays on scents, and tastes - brought to life by countless committed volunteers.
If staying active is the love of your life then get ready to go riding. Pickering is a home to a number of on and off-road bike paths that are conveniently located to for commuting to work, or simply going on a bike ride with your family/friends. Other sports available in Pickering include; beach volleyball, bocci, cricket, football, soccer, tennis, and many more.
Pickering has something for everyone – so come and see what you've been missing!