Community Connections: The Growth of Clarington

Don’t let the size of Clarington fool you. The municipality made up of more than 600 square kilometres is far from a large, buzzing metropolis at this point. In fact, the area 45 minutes east of Toronto is mostly rolling hills, farms and rural living. But it’s changing.

Clarington is one of those places made up by the sum of its parts. Several communities, including Bowmanville, Courtice, Newcastle, Orono and more than a dozen hamlets have all come together as one in Durham Region.

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“Clarington is an ideal location to call home and to visit,” said Mayor Adrian Foster.

Now, the municipality’s population is projected to increase from 95,000 to more than 140,000 by 2031. It’s also facing unprecedented economic growth thanks to some massive infrastructure projects as well.

Not only is the province extending Highway 407 through Clarington but GO Transit expansion will service the municipality with two brand-new train stations. Service is scheduled to start in 2024.

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Both Courtice and Bowmanville will have stops built as part of the 20-kilometre extension of the Lakeshore East line from Oshawa. With that, the municipality hopes to create spaces for shopping, restaurants and cultural activities around them.

“These hubs will create higher density neighbourhoods that will attract investment and, in turn, stimulate the local area,” said Mayor Foster.

The charm of local community events likely won’t be lost though. Applefest and the BluesBERRY are just a couple of the very popular festivals in Bowmanville. Knox’s Family Pumpkin Farm, just north of Mitchell Corners, is considered a main attraction. So too are the antique markets in the Village of Orono.

No matter how vast Clarington may be, it always seems like there’s something else just around the corner. All of which will be that much closer with more transit on the horizon.