Pickering is Durham Regions most westward city. It is located about 40-minutes outside of downtown Toronto. It borders Toronto and Markham on the East, Uxbridge to the North and Ajax and Whitby on the west.
The city, which is easily accessible by both the 401 and 407 ETR, has a well-integrated transportation network with high capacity roads, air, and railways. There is a GO train stop, which provides an easy and relaxing commute into Toronto. The Pickering pedestrian bridge, spans across 14 lanes of highway and 6 railway tracks. It interconnects the transportation hub with the city centre. Major airports in the area are: Lester B. Pearson, Billy Bishop airport, Oshawa municipal airport and Buttonville airport.
Business sectors include Advanced Manufacturing, Agri-Food, Information Communication Technologies, and Energy, Environment and Engineering. The city is home to many major employers, some of which are: Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Rogers Communication, and Ontario Power Generation.
Pickering is known for its beautiful waterfront. The waterfront includes parks such as Alex Robertson Park, Beachfront Park, Bruce Handscomb Park. Frenchman’s Bay, Nautical village and the Waterfront Trail. Pickering has a big network of trails which are perfect for walking, biking, running or hiking. Some major trails include: Oak Ridge’s Trail, Waterfront Trail, Altona Forest, and Seaton hiking Trail.
The city has several elementary and public schools. It is close to University of Ontario institute of technology, York University, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Ryerson University, Durham College and Centennial college.