Area: 611.3 km2
Population 2011 84,548
Projected 2026: 127,200
Projected 2031: 140,000
Located just 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of the Toronto border, Clarington is one of the largest municipalities (611 km2 in land area) in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With this size comes a fantastic diversity of urban and rural settings, modern and historic architecture as well as innovative and traditional opportunities.
Clarington is home to three urban areas, one village and 14 hamlets which include a rich heritage dating back over 125 years. From Lake Ontario waterfront to Greenbelt protected farmlands and the natural beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Clarington offers a wide variety of experiences for those who live, visit and work here. Our strategic location allows us to take full advantage of access to Provincial Highway 401, Provincial Highway 35/115, the future extension of Highway 407, CN Rail and CP Rail lines as well as a future GO Train terminal.
Our successful blend of Urban and Rural living provides a diverse business community, with sector strength in Energy, Agriculture, Food Processing, Manufacturing, Life Science, Tourism, Aggregate, Construction and Services to the public.
Clarington is home to Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear station which provides approximately 20% of Ontario’s current electricity demand. The refurbishment of the first reactor is on track to begin in 2016. The Durham York Energy Centre is set to begin operation in the fall of 2014. In addition, we have over 400 working farms producing field crops, fruits, vegetable, dairy and livestock.
Offering a variety of recreational opportunities Clarington is home to two zoos (including the oldest operating private zoo in Canada), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, two private harbours, Cedar Park Resort, Tyrone Mills, the Ganaraska Forest, the Enniskillen Conservation Area. Multiple farm markets, the Courtice Flea Market, u-pick farms, the Orono Agricultural Fair, Darlington Provincial Park, Brimacombe Ski Facility, Boots and Hearts Music Festival, NASCAR Truck Series and many seasonal community festivals drawing over 30,000 attendees.
With a blend of vibrant historic downtown cores and current amenities a strong industrial base, as well as excellence in the utilities sector, there is room for everyone in Clarington.