Oshawa Ontario can be found 60 kilometres east of downtown Toronto along the shores of Lake Ontario and boasts the fourteenth largest metropolitan area in all of Canada. Its name is derived from the Ojibwa word "aazhaway", whose meaning is, "crossing to the other side of a river or a lake" or "(a)cross". Hundreds of years ago, the land that became Oshawa started as a fur trade transfer point, when the Mississauga Indians transported animal pelts on their canoes at the Oshawa Harbour to various trading posts at the mouth of the Credit River. In 1760, the French built a trading post that was shut down after a few year; its ruins were the shelter for the first residents of what subsequently became Oshawa.
In the late 18th Century, Roger Conant (a local resident), began a salmon export business, shipping to America which brought additional immigrants to the area. In the 19th century, many Cornish immigrants from England arrived and settled in the area, and land grants also populated the region. A colonization road was built in 1822 known as Simcoe Street which intersected with Kingston Road. This intersection became known as Oshawa's "Four Corners", and was home to the general store and post office. Oshawa was incorporated as a village in 1850 and then proceeded to become a centre for industry; tanneries, wagon factories and asheries were built. It then became a town in 1879 and grew from there with the addition of rail services.
Oshawa has a renowned history in the automobile industry. In 1907 the McLaughlin Carriage Company started to manufacture Buick cars and then moved onto the Chevrolet brand in 1915. McLaughlin-Buick and Chevrolet merged in 1918 and created General Motors of Canada, putting Oshawa on the map and creating employment and further growth. Oshawa became incorporated as a city in 1924. The 2006 census states Oshawa's population as over 140,000, with a growth of 10.2% between 1996 and 2001. Famous Oshawa alumni include Jerry Edmonton (from rock band Steppenwolf), Edmonton Oiler's player Kevin McClelland, and figure skater Barbara Underhill.
Oshawa is easily accessible by public transit and it takes no time at all to get to downtown Toronto, making it a popular place to live and work in. Because there are so many singles in Oshawa, many people are looking for a great way to meet each other, and have found a great way by attending 25dates.com speed dating events. Once singles sign up online and decide which event they'd like to attend, they meet at a downtown Toronto restaurant or lounge to embark on this creative dating experience. Participants go on up to 25 three-minute dates, marking down "yes" or "no" after each date as to whether they'd like to see each other again. When the night is done, everyone hands in their "matchcard" and 25dates.com inputs everyone's "picks" into their matching program. This program tell them who said "yes" to each other, otherwise considered a "match", and their contact info is then exchanged for them. It's up to participants to then explore their connection.