Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, and named after the HMS Ajax, a Royal Navy Cruiser, the town of Ajax falls along the eastern side of the greater Toronto area. It is easy to see why those that work in Toronto, are drawn to the picturesque Ajax. With beautiful shore line and a number of parks and conservation areas, Ajax offers a serene retreat from big city life, while its proximity ensures you can have the best of both!.
Ajax Houses For Sale
With a population of approximately 120k, this fast-growing town has quickly become a popular area to live in the Greater Toronto Area. With a number of desirable areas, most notably the areas along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, people are looking at Ajax as a great community to raise families and settle down in.
Houses are selling at the 2nd fastest rate of the 23 areas of the GTA. Ajax houses for sale are staying on the market for roughly 21 days and selling for an average of $638,000, which is on the lower scale of the towns in the Greater Toronto Area. Appealing to those who commute to Toronto for work has caused Ajax to continue to grow quickly over the last number of years.
When searching for things to do in Ajax, Ontario you won’t have to look far. Any outdoor enthusiast will feel right at home along the 7 kilometers of waterfront asphalt trail along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario. This trail runs from Hamilton to Belleville and also is part of the Trans-Canada Trail. Rotary Park also offers a picturesque beach and large mature trees. Days can be spent enjoying the scenery, canoeing, kayaking or hanging out at the beach. Continuing with all things outdoors, those who enjoy fishing can do so at the Greenwood Conservation Area that has over 700 acres of green space. Other parks in the area include, Lion’s Point, Veterans Point Garden, Paradise Park, and Carruthers Marsh.
If golf is your game of choice, the course options in Ajax, Ontario will not disappoint. With varying degrees of difficulty and course layouts, there are a number of links to choose from. Namely, Annandale Golf & Curling Club, Carruthers Creek Golf and Country Club, Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility, Fox Run Golf Centre and Riverside Golf Course. These courses are sure to keep any golfer busy throughout the season.
Ajax is a cyclist's dream town! They pride themselves in being a bike safe community that offers 140 kms of cycling areas which include off-road trails, shared use lanes and bike lanes. A growing number of businesses in town are also participating in the new Ontario-by-Bike program. This program encourages bike riding by offering bike storage, healthy food options and local cycling routes information. Businesses that are participating will have a Ontario-by-Bike sticker in their windows for easy identification. If you are an avid cyclist or need to rent a bike for the day, it will be easy to see why so many people enjoy riding around beautiful Ajax.
Ajax offers a lot more than just outdoor activities. One can spend the day shopping at RioCan Durham shopping centre which has approximately 1 million square feet of retail space where there is sure to be something for everyone. There are over 90 stores to browse through, such as Winners, Marshalls, HomeSense and Guess, to name a few.
Ajax is steeped in history when it comes to the horse races. For over 40 years it has been Ontario's only Quarter horse racing track. Formerly named “Picov Downs”, the tracks were renamed “Ajax Downs” in 2006 when the addition of 800 slot machines were added. Live racing can be enjoyed from May - October. Ajax Downs also offers festivals and events for its residents such as Canada Day Celebrations, Family Fun Day and the Ajax Downs Farmers Market.
Regardless of your interests or hobbies, Ajax, Ontario is sure to have something to offer all its residents, whether that be a day spent with family or a night on the town.
The Best Ajax Neighbourhoods
Those looking to call Ajax, Ontario home have a number of different areas around the town to choose from. The most desirable being the waterfront area. Comprised of 5 different neighbourhoods, Discovery Bay, Duffins Bay, Clover Ridge, Pickering Beach, and Lakeside, Ajax’s shoreline real estate offers breathtaking views and all the luxuries that waterfront living has to offer. Close access to beaches, parks and trails along the shore make for this area to be highly sought after.
Along the east side of town, bordering Whitby, neighbourhoods such as Deer Creek, Audley North, and Audley South offer close access to downtown and business park areas. Those who commute to Toronto may be interested in the west side neighbourhoods such as South Greenwood, Duffins Crossing and Riverside.
As a whole, Ajax offers family-friendly neighbourhoods where those looking to escape the fast pace of the big city can relax and enjoy the shoreline.
Being a resident of Ajax comes with its perks! There are numerous amenities within the town that are offering different programs and activities for people of all ages to take advantage of.
The Ajax Public Library is one of those places! The main location, along with two other locations (McLean Community Center and Village Arena Branch) offer programs for young and old alike such as meet the author, reading circle, early on programs and books for babies. Along with all the traditional services of a public library, there is plenty of bonus available to residents.
There are also a number of Community Centres and Arenas around town. One being the Ajax Community Centre Arena which has 4 ice pads, 3 North American sized and 1 Olympic sized. Community rooms, rental spaces, squash, indoor pool, and youth spaces are just some of the other amenities. Outside one can find a skateboard park, basketball court, and soccer fields to name a few. Ajax also has Village Arena, Audley Recreation Centre and McLean Community Centre.
Ajax School Guide
Ajax falls under 2 different school boards, Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic District School Board. Within the two boards, there are 26 Public elementary schools and high schools and 13 Catholic elementary schools and high schools.
French Immersion is also offered as an option at Cadarackque Public School, Michaelle Jean Public School or Southwood Park Public School.
Ajax is also home to a few private schools for those who are interested in alternative learning and religion options.
Regardless of which school your child attends you can feel confident that they are receiving a quality education by dedicated staff members who, as their motto states, “ignite learning”.
Currently, the Town of Ajax offers public transportation by way of city buses operated by the Durham Region Transit. Bus routes run throughout the town offering drop off/pick up stops for all areas of town. Fares range from $2.10-$3.75 dependant on age and accessibility.
Ajax also has access to the Durham Region Transit pulse system, which will fast track you to a number of different locations in and around the city. With the introduction of 1.1km’s of bus-only lanes running from Salem Road to the west of Harwood Avenue your commute time will only decrease. This lane is for the DRT pulse system and Go Transit Buses.
For those needed to commute outside of the city, you will have easy access to do so with the GO transit station which is a bus and train station within the GO Transit network that services the Greater Toronto Area. The GO transit station is located at the Ajax Plaza on Harwood Ave., S. Commuting to Toronto, whether for business or pleasure, and surrounding towns is quick and reliable with the GO Transit trains and buses.
Ajax, Ontario has a wide variety of restaurants, lounges, and grills for any foodies to choose from. The diverse options allow for residents and visitors alike to have a taste of different cultures from around the world. Churrasco of Portugal, Beryl’s Pepper Pot, Rum Diaries Restaurant and Lounge, Mazza Garden and Casa Verde Ristorante are just a few options that will take your tastebuds to places such as Jamaica, Portugal, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.
If you are looking for a place to catch the game or catch up with friends there are a number of bar and grills that will provide the food, drink, and atmosphere. Portly Piper pub, Magwyers pub, Mackenzie Pub or King’s Castle Bar and Grill are just a few of the spots that locals frequent.
One of the many benefits of living in a shoreline community is lakeside dining. Ajax has plenty of scenic eateries such as Zeers by the Bay, Port, Waterfront and the Lake Grill, all to ensure you will enjoy a relaxing and scenic environment.
Whatever your preferences are in regard to food, Ajax, Ontario has any number of restaurants that are sure to turn anyone into a regular in no time.
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