|— City —|
|City of Pickering
The Corporation of the City of Pickering
|Nickname(s): P-Town, PK|
|• Mayor||David Ryan|
|• Governing body||Pickering City Council|
|• MPs||Corneliu Chisu (Pickering—Scarborough East)
Chris Alexander (Ajax—Pickering)
|• MPP||Tracy MacCharles (Pickering—Scarborough East)
Joe Dickson (Ajax—Pickering)
|• Total||231.59 km2 (89.42 sq mi)|
|Elevation||83.8 m (274.9 ft)|
|• Total||88,721 (Ranked 58th)|
|• Density||383.1/km2 (992/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)|
|Area code(s)||289 / 905|
Pickering (2011 population 88,721) is a city located in Southern Ontario, Canada immediately east of Toronto in Durham Region. It was settled by primarily ethnic British colonists, starting in the 1770s.
Most of its growth has come since the end of World War II, and it has received immigrants from around the globe.
This was Aboriginal territory for thousands of years. The Wyandot (called the Huron by Europeans), who spoke an Iroquoian language, were the historic people living here in the 15th century. Archeological remains of a large village, known as the Draper Site, have been found here. Later the Wyandot moved west to Georgian Bay, where they encountered French explorers in the early 17th century.
The first recorded history of this area was in 1669, when the French Jesuit missionary M. Fenelon noted reaching what he called the Seneca village of Gandatsetiagon, on the shores of Frenchman's Bay. He wintered here, and started missionary work with this Iroquois people.
The British took over Canada following their defeat of the French in the Seven Years War, known in the North American front as the French and Indian War. Surveying of the township was probably completed by ethnic British settlers about 1776, who had been migrating from eastern areas of Canada.
In the 1813 census, Pickering had 180 residents —40 more than neighbouring Scarborough. A large influx of Quaker migrants from the eastern United States arrived in the early 1810s. The main thrufare at this time was the Kingston Road, which cut through the south of the township on its way from York (now Toronto) to Kingston.
In 1941, the southeastern portion of the township became the independent town of Ajax. In 1974, when Ontario County, Ontario became Durham Region, some of the town lines were modified, and as a result, one of the population centres of the original township, Pickering Village, became part of Ajax, along with its eponymous secondary school.
Pickering has experienced rapid growth in the post-war period in the second half of the twentieth century. Toronto's continuing growth led to more people moving into Pickering. Between 1996 and 2001, the municipality experienced a growth rate of 10.3 percent (78,989 people to 87,139). Population growth has slowed considerably in recent years, growing only slightly between the 2001 and 2011 census.
This is due mainly to the city's development restrictions on land in the northern portion of its area, as they tried to contain sprawl. Negotiations are ongoing to permit development in this area. Consequently, the city has estimated that by 2031, Pickering will be home to 190,000 residents. The province of Ontario has designated Pickering as one of two municipalities in Durham Region that are urban growth centres, planned to receive more development and population.
According to the 2011 Census, English is the mother tongue of 78.6% of the population, followed by Urdu (1.5%), Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1.5%) and Italian (1.4%), reflecting 20th century and later immigration.
|Visible minority and Aboriginal population|
|Population group||Population (2011)||% of total population (2011)||Population (2006)||% of total population (2006)|
|Visible minority group||South Asian||9,690||11%||7,940||9.1%|
|Visible minority, n.i.e.||1,435||1.6%||1,040||1.2%|
|Multiple visible minorities||1,410||1.6%||1,275||1.5%|
|Total visible minority population||31,130||35.4%||26,685||30.5%|
|Aboriginal group||First Nations||565||0.6%||370||0.4%|
|Multiple Aboriginal identities||0||0%||10||0%|
|Total Aboriginal population||850||1%||600||0.7%|
The southern part of the city is mainly suburban, with industrial areas restricted to the area around Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Most of the suburban areas were built as subdivisions after World War II, starting in the area around Frenchman's Bay. Prior to the war, the few suburban areas in the township were the communities of Dunbarton, Fairport Beach, Liverpool Market, and Rouge Hill. Squires Beach, located by the lakeshore in the southeast part of the city, is now a ghost town.
The northern part of the municipality is mainly rural, primarily used for agricultural purposes. However, a number of residential developments are found in this area, and the locally controversial Seaton area also falls within this part of the city. The primary rural communities in Pickering are Claremont, Brougham, and Whitevale; a number of smaller communities exist throughout northern Pickering. The abandoned ghost town of Altona is located there.
Pickering is home to the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, an eight-reactor facility with a capacity of 4,120 megawatts. The first station, Pickering A, opened with four reactors in 1971. Ontario Power Generation, the plants' operator, is the largest single employer in the city. In 2001, the wind-powered OPG 7 Commemorative Turbine was opened on the generating station site.
A number of manufacturers are also located in the city. Major employers include Yorkville Sound (audio equipment), the Canadian headquarters of Purdue Pharma (pharmaceuticals and health & beauty products), Hubbell Canada (electrical equipment), PSB Speakers - Lenbrook (stereo equipment) and Eco-Tec Inc. (industrial water purification and chemical recovery systems).
Pickering is a founding member of the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance or DSEA. The nucleus of the DSEA is primarily Pickering businesses, such as Ontario Power Generation, Veridian, Siemens/Trench, Tetra Tech WEI, AECL, Intellimeter, Areva and Eco-Tec Inc.
The city is the location of the head office of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. MPAC performs value assessment for property tax purposes for all municipalities in Ontario. In 2012 Search Engine People, Canada's largest Internet-marketing company, moved to Pickering's downtown.
In 2006, Profit magazine recognized Pickering as one of the top 10 cities in Canada for growing a business.
In 2013, the Region of Durham released its Business Count (Employment Survey), which indicated that Pickering has the most jobs amongst Durham Region municipalities, with 29,000+ positions. This figure represents a near 1/3 ratio of jobs to residents.
With the implementation of Seaton and downtown intensification, the Province of Ontario's planning sees the additional creation of 40,000 new jobs for Pickering over the next two decades.
Transit service began in Pickering with the Bay Shores dial-a-bus, which began in 1970-1973. In 2001 Pickering Transit merged with former Ajax Transit to form the Ajax-Pickering Transit Authority (APTA). In 2006, the regional transit system Durham Region Transit took over operations in the Durham Regional Municipality.
The Pickering GO station offers public rail transit on an east-west axis. In 2012, Pickering's landmark bridge opened - connecting the Pickering GO station to the City's downtown core.
A new airport is scheduled to be built and be operational by 2027. It will be built alongside lands for the future Rouge National Park.
- Pickering Town Centre - A two storey mall located at Kingston Road and Liverpool Road.
This picturesque popular summer tourist destination by the lake and Frenchman's Bay features free musical entertainment at Millennium Square, a playground and waterfeature for children, a great boardwalk along the waterfront as well as cafes, restaurants, shops and an art gallery. Part of the Waterfront Trail in Pickering, on weekends between May and September, it features visual and performing artists in "Sunday on the Porch" series at the SilverStone Gallery.
Pickering has several popular and unique restaurants, including Lonestar, Massey's, Crabby Joe's, Wild Wing and Big M, a burger joint. Bars and restaurants such as The Harp, Boston Pizza, and The Bear and Firkin offer bar grub and often provide nightly entertaining environments.
The city council consists of a mayor, three regional councillors, and three city councillors. The mayor and regional councillors sit on the council and also represent the city at Durham Regional Council. The city councillors sit on city council only. Pickering is divided into three wards, with one city councillor and one regional councillor representing each ward.
The current mayor, Dave Ryan, has held the mayoralty since 2003.
Police services in Pickering are provided by the Durham Regional Police from a division office located in the eastern section of the city. Officers from this location also patrol Ajax. Pickering Fire Services operates from four stations with a force of all full-time firefighters. Claremont Fire Hall is now fully staffed by full time firefighters 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ambulance/emergency medical services are provided by Durham Region.
Pickering is served by the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board. As of early 2007, the public board operates 17 elementary schools and two secondary schools, Dunbarton High School and Pine Ridge Secondary School (Pickering High School was previously located in Pickering, but was transferred to Ajax when the city boundaries were changed). The Catholic board runs eight elementary schools and one secondary school, Saint Mary Catholic Secondary School. Blaisdale Montessori School, a private school chain, has several locations throughout Pickering serving children from preschool age to grade 8. There is also a private elementary and junior high school there called Montessori Learning Centre. Also serving the Durham Region is Durham Secondary Academy & Middle School, an inspected private high school and middle school for grades 5 to 12.
In September 2012, the Durham College/Centennial College Joint Learning Site opened at the north terminus of the pedestrian bridge. The Joint Learning Site offers primarily graduate certificate programs, with a number of complementary courses and classes. At the time of its opening, it was the only public post-secondary institution in the Province of Ontario with a direct connection to public transit.
Notable natives and residents
- Sean Avery, former NHL forward
- Shelley-Ann Brown, Olympic Silver-Medallist bobsledder
- Yannick Carter, Canadian Football League linebacker and special teamer for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Glenn Clark, former National Lacrosse League player, and former head coach of the Toronto Rock.
- Cory Joseph, NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs
- Ernie Coombs, singer better known as Mr. Dressup, resided in Pickering.
- Perdita Felicien, Athens 2004 Olympic 100m Hurdler
- Dale Goldhawk, journalist and consumer rights advocate.
- Alan Haskvitz, National Teacher's Hall of Fame educator lived and taught in Pickering. 
- Glenn Healy, Former NHL goalie, member of 1994 Stanley Cup Champions New York Rangers
- Kristen Holden-Ried, actor
- Kevin Hunter, nationally renowned criminal defense lawyer, 2007 winner of the Sword of Jimmy Mica Ross (IWALYFAAD)
- Spider Jones, former professional boxer, media/radio personality, currently with CFRB radio.
- Andrea Lewis, singer, actor and songwriter
- Denis T. O'Connor, former Roman Catholic archbishop of Toronto.
- Ilona Duczynska, Polish-Hungarian communist revolutionary, active in Hungary, Austria, England and Canada.
- Karl Polanyi, professor of economics at Columbia University and author of The Great Transformation, resided in Pickering.
- Paul Peschisolido, Canadian Soccer player who played in England as a striker and was the Manager of Burton Albion F.C.
- Jaime Peters, is a Canadian soccer player who plays in midfield for Ipswich Town in the United Kingdom.
- Sarah Slean, singer, grew up in Pickering.
- Tyler Stewart, Barenaked Ladies, drummer/singer lives in Pickering.
- Beverly Thomson, CTV co-host national morning show.
- Chris Van Vliet, Entertainment Reporter for CBS Cleveland Affiliate, WOIO.
- Neil Young, rock singer-songwriter, spent part of his early years in Pickering, living on Brock Road. In Jimmy McDonough's biography Shakey, Young is quoted as saying, "When I first really started focusing on rock and roll was in Pickering. Brock Road."
- Mark Jackson, Canadian musician and recording artist., known for albums Early Morning', Fearless, and Misery Loves Company. He is also the owner of Artists and Poets Productions, which is based in Pickering.
- Nikkita Holder, London 2012 Canadian Track and Field Athlete
- Craig Hutchison, Sydney 2000 Canadian Olympic Swim Team
- The 1957 CBC/Hollywood production of the classic television show Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans was filmed in Pickering. A farm at the corner of Valley Farm Rd. and 3rd Concession, owned by Arthur Gottlieb, was the setting for the 25-episode series. A fort and pond were built specifically for the show. The site is now a residential area.
- The 1979 film The Black Stallion (film) was partially filmed at a refurbished barn located on Sideline 24 near Claremont.
- The Canadian television show Paradise Falls' first season was filmed in the village of Whitevale, as was David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone.
- The 1994 comedy "The Ref" with Dennis Leary and Kevin Spacey was filmed in part at Port Pickering Marina, on Frenchman's Bay.
- The 1995 family/adventure film Salt Water Moose starring Timothy Dalton and Lolita Davidovitch was filmed in and around Frenchman's Bay.
- The 1998 comedy/action film The Big Hit with Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Avery Brooks, Christina Applegate and Elliott Gould, was filmed in part in Pickering near Petticoat Creek.
- The 2008-09 comedy/family soap Jimmy was filmed in Pickering near Dunbarton High School.
- The 2003 two-part mini-series Lives of the Saints based on Nino Ricci's award-winning trilogy co-starring Sophia Loren films scenes on a farm just north of Pickering.
- Pickering Museum Village has been used in the filming of Road to Avonlea, Little Men, and the films Anne of Green Gables and Lantern Hill.
- The final scene in Boondock Saints 2: All Saints' Day was filmed in Pickering.
- "Pickering, City Ontario (Census Subdivision)". Census Profile, Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
- Wood 1911, p. 11.
- Wood 1911, p. 17.
- Wood 1911, p. 18.
- Wood 1911, p. 27.
- "City of Pickering Community Profile". City of Pickering. 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
- , Aboriginal Population Profile from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision
- , Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision
- , National Household Survey (NHS) Profile, 2011
- http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/06/11/pickering_airport_finally_going_ahead.html. Missing or empty
- Wood, William Robertson (1911). Past years in Pickering : sketches of the history of the community. Retrieved at the website "Our Roots - Nos Racines", University of Calgary / Université Laval. http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=604545
- Homeplace by Dorsey James ~ sculptures
- Dreamscape by Edward Falkenberg ~ sculpture
- Millennium Mast by Ron Baird ~ sculpture
- Pickering Pioneer Family by Andreas Drenters ~ sculpture
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Pickering, Ontario|
- Ajax and Pickering Regional Website
- City of Pickering Website
- Pickering Public Library Website
- Pickering Ajax Digital Archive Website of Local History
- Pickering Museum Village Foundation
- Durham West Arts Centre
- PineRidge Arts Council
- SilverStone Gallery featuring Durham Artists
- Nautical Village
- Downloadable 1:50 000 topographical map of Pickering (map 30M14), by the Ministry of Natural Resources