Moving to Ajax, Ontario comes with a number of benefits. The town offers residents a scenic view of Lake Ontario, close commute to Toronto for either work or play and reasonably priced homes for anyone wanting to establish some roots. 

This guide serves as a quick overview of all Ajax has to offer, and why so many people in recent years have come to the area and settled in to build a life. 

History

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Ajax was a mainly rural area until 1941 when a Defence Industries Limited shell plant was constructed and the town was established around it. 

In 1945 the plant employed 9,000 people and contributed greatly to the growth of Ajax. People came from all over Canada to work at the plant and settle down in the area. 

Post-WWII, the plant was utilized by the University of Toronto as an additional location to house the surge of students. During its last year of operation out of the old plant, there was upwards of 7,000 engineering students.

After the University left the area, George W. Finely of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is largely credited for the growth of the town as Ajax became a planned modern community. 

In 1974 when the Region of Durham was created, Ajax became an officially incorporated town. 

Ajax Real Estate

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Anyone who has looked in the GTA for housing knows that it comes at quite a cost. Ajax remains reasonably priced allowing those who are looking to move to the area a chance to purchase property even in this rising market. 

The affordability of Ajax is a large contributing factor for why the town is the second-fastest growing in the GTA. 

Prices for single-family homes in Ajax are falling around $638,000, which when compared to the towns closer to Toronto, is well below the average. 

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Enjoy The Extracurriculars

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Regardless of your choice of past time, Ajax has many different options all over town. 

Golfers have a variety of courses that vary in difficulty and layouts. Grab your clubs and hit the links at either Deer Creek Golf Club or Carruthers Golf and Country Club. The lake and treed areas paint a picture-perfect backdrop for anyone spending time on the course. 

If you are a cycling enthusiast then you’ll be happy to know that the town of Ajax has 140 km of cycling areas, bike trails and shared lanes. A great way to stay in shape and get around town, cycling provides a scenic and environmentally friendly way to travel. 

So Much To Do 

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If you are looking for a way to spend the day in Ajax, you won’t have to search far. 

Check out Ajax Down’s, Ontario’s only quarter horse racing track. Complete with dining, 800 slot machines, and regular events, Ajax Down’s is the perfect way to spend a day or evening. 

Looking for a little retail therapy? Look no further than Ajax’s own RioCan Durham shopping centre which has approximately 1 million square feet of retail space. An abundance of retail stores, services, and food options are all available under one roof. 

Kids getting antsy? They can burn energy and play around at Endless Fun which is a large indoor playground and party hall. The centre has over 10,000 square feet of fun for those of all ages. 

Throughout the year the town of Ajax offers “come and go as you please” drop-in programs for children between the ages of 6-12. The programs consist of sports, arts and crafts, themed events and much more. An effort on behalf of the town to build relationships and invest in children. 

Enjoy The Outdoors

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Much like all the lakeside towns in the GTA, Ajax offers picturesque scenery, stunning lake views and an abundance of natural greenspace. 

Spend the day at Greenwood Conservation Area in over 700 acres of natural beauty. Enjoy a picnic, take a hike or sit and listen to the sounds of nature. 

Rotary Park will be sure to keep any outdoor enthusiast occupied offering up canoeing, kayaking or lounging on the beach.

Take a leisurely stroll along the 7 km of paved waterfront trails basking in the beauty of Lake Ontario during any one of its stunning seasons. 

Ajax Neighbourhoods

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If you are wanting to capitalize on the fact that Ajax is along the shores of Lake Ontario, there are a number of options for neighbourhoods. 

Duffins Bay, Discovery Bay, Clover Ridge and Pickering Beach are just some of the neighbourhoods that residents have flocked to in order to capture the views. Manicured lawns and mature trees line these ideal streets while proximity to the beach and amenities keep these areas popular to buyers. 

For commuters, the west side of town may be ideal to cut down travel time. The neighborhoods of South Greenwood, Duffins Crossing and Riverside are all great options. 

If you are wanting to be right where the action is and close to amenities then the east side of town has some great locations. The neighbourhoods of Deer Creek, Audley North or Audley South all offer easy access to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. 

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A Focus On Education

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The education system in Ajax is governed by two school boards, the Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic District School Board. From these boards are 26 Public elementary schools and high schools and 13 Catholic elementary schools and high schools.

With a rising interest in French immersion, Ajax now offers 3 different options for French-language schools, Cadarackque Public School, Michaelle Jean Public School or Southwood Park Public School.

If you have decided to send your child through a private school, Ajax is home to Pickering Christian School that offers faith-based education. 

A Look At The Arts

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An appreciation for arts and culture only serves to strengthen a community and promote inclusivity among its residents. The town of Ajax knows this and as such has invested in the art and culture scene. 

The St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture is a multi-purpose space that plays host to a wide variety of artists, acts and performances throughout the year. With the ever-changing guests coming through there is always something new and exciting to take in. 

In the spirit of supporting local artists, exhibits are showcased monthly at the council chambers lobby of town hall and at the McLean Community Centre. Every month a new talent is highlighted and residents have an opportunity to view their work. 

Established in 1966 the Ajax Creative Arts is a fine arts association located in a permanent space that offers classes, information, medians and an overall appreciation for the arts regardless of the level. 

Every other Wednesday night throughout the summer months, residents of Ajax are able to enjoy live music at Pat Bayly Square. A perfect chance to catch some of your favourite tribute bands and support local talent.

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Inclusivity For All

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Ajax aims to make all those who chose to call it home feel welcomed and as such, there is a large number of cultural groups and resources available.  

Regardless of ethnicity, there are events, groups, and programs that are aimed at celebrating and highlighting different cultures. English as a second language programs are available to help with learning and connecting with others who may be new to the area or even the country. 

Another great way to celebrate and support inclusivity is to attend the Durham Pride Parade & Festival held in Ajax. The event is a way to connect people and build relationships regardless of sexual orientation. The day is topped off with food, drink, music, and activities.

In an effort to include events for all stages of life, Ajax hosts a seniors bbq for residents 55 and greater. The event is held annually in June to celebrate seniors month. 

Worth Celebrating

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Nothing brings a community together faster than a celebration and in Ajax, there are plenty of things to celebrate. 

Trailfest is the perfect opportunity to get out and take in the sights. The town hosts a number of walks, bike rides and runs during the day with a free BBQ, entertainment for the kids and city displays. A great way to kick off the summer and be reminded of why it's so great to live lakeside. 

Canada Day Celebration is an annual event that is two-fold in Ajax. The daytime family celebration is packed full of activities, food, music, and entertainment. The town even provides complimentary shuttling. 

End Canada Day with a bang! Literally. The evening extravaganza is a spectacle of live music, food trucks, and fireworks display. 

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Restaurant Variety

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One benefit of living in a multicultural town is that each ethnicity brings their unique flavour and distinct cooking styles. 

What better want to experience diversity than through food and drink. Jamaican, Portugues, Mediterranean, and Chinese are just some of the lands your taste buds can travel to. 

Nothing says summer quite like a rib and craft beer fest. Thankfully you will get to experience those in Ajax annually. The festival brings together some of the best bbq flavours around all to be washed down with unique and local brews.

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