Pickering, Ontario
Pickering is a city
A city is a relatively large and permanent settlement. Although there is no agreement on how a city is distinguished from a town within general English language meanings, many cities have a particular administrative, legal, or historical status based on local law.For example, in the U.S...

 located in Southern
Southern Ontario
Southern Ontario is a region of the province of Ontario, Canada that lies south of the French River and Algonquin Park. Depending on the inclusion of the Parry Sound and Muskoka districts, its surface area would cover between 14 to 15% of the province. It is the southernmost region of...

Ontario is a province of Canada, located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province and second largest in total area. It is home to the nation's most populous city, Toronto, and the nation's capital, Ottawa....

, Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 immediately east of Toronto
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A relatively modern city, Toronto's history dates back to the late-18th century, when its land was first purchased by the British monarchy from...

 in Durham Region. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area
Greater Toronto Area
The Greater Toronto Area is the largest metropolitan area in Canada, with a 2006 census population of 5.5 million. The Greater Toronto Area is usually defined as the central city of Toronto, along with four regional municipalities surrounding it: Durham, Halton, Peel, and York...

, the largest metropolitan area in Canada.

Early Period

This was Native Canadian
Aboriginal peoples in Canada
Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprise the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The descriptors "Indian" and "Eskimo" have fallen into disuse in Canada and are commonly considered pejorative....

 territory for thousands of years. The first recorded history of this area was in 1669, when the French Jesuit missionary
A missionary is a member of a religious group sent into an area to do evangelism or ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care and economic development. The word "mission" originates from 1598 when the Jesuits sent members abroad, derived from the Latin...

 M. Fenelon noted reaching the Seneca village of Gandatsetiagon, on the shores of Frenchman's Bay. He wintered here, and started missionary work.

European Settlement

Surveying of the township was probably completed by 1776. An 1813 census gives a population of 180 -- 40 more than neighbouring Scarborough
Scarborough, Ontario
Scarborough is a dissolved municipality within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Geographically, it comprises the eastern part of Toronto. It is bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, on the west by Victoria Park Avenue, on the north by Steeles Avenue East, and on the east by the Rouge River...

. A large influx of Quaker settlers from the eastern United States came 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
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A relatively modern city, Toronto's history dates back to the late-18th century, when its land was first purchased by the British monarchy from...

) to Kingston
Kingston, Ontario
Kingston, Ontario is a Canadian city located in Eastern Ontario where the St. Lawrence River flows out of Lake Ontario. Originally a First Nations settlement called "Katarowki," , growing European exploration in the 17th Century made it an important trading post...


Pickering was involved in the Mackenzie Rebellion
Upper Canada Rebellion
The Upper Canada Rebellion was, along with the Lower Canada Rebellion in Lower Canada, a rebellion against the British colonial government in 1837 and 1838. Collectively they are also known as the Rebellions of 1837.-Issues:...

 of 1837. One of the leaders, Peter Matthews
Peter Matthews (rebel)
Peter Matthews was a farmer and soldier who participated in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837.He was born in the Bay of Quinte region of Upper Canada around 1789, the son of United Empire Loyalists. In 1799, the family moved to Pickering Township. Peter served with Isaac Brock as a sergeant in...

 had formerly been one of the most prominent members of the community.

Twentieth century

In 1941, the southeastern portion of the township became the independent town of Ajax
Ajax, Ontario
Ajax is a town in the Durham Region in the Greater Toronto Area.The town is named for the HMS Ajax a Royal Navy cruiser that served in World War II. Ajax is a part of the Greater Toronto Area and the...

. This has caused confusion, as one of the population centres of the original township, Pickering Village
Pickering Village, Ontario
Pickering Village is a community and former municipality in the Town of Ajax, Durham Region, Ontario, Canada.Originally located in Pickering Township, a community began to grow in 1807, when Quaker Timothy Rogers purchased of land and brought a number of Quaker families to settle in the area. A...

, is now found in Ajax, along with its eponymous secondary school.


Census Population
1981 37,754
1991 68,831
1996 78,989
2001 87,139
2006 87,838
Est. 2009 100,273
2011 94,200

Pickering has experienced rapid growth in the post-war period. Between 1996 and 2009, the municipality experienced a growth rate of 12 percent (78,989 people to 100,273). Population growth has slowed considerably in recent years, growing only slightly between the 2001 and 2006 census. This is due mainly to development restrictions on land in the northern portion of the city. Negotiations are ongoing to permit development in this area. Consequently, the city has estimated that by 2023, Pickering will be home to nearly 170,000 residents. The province of Ontario has also designated Pickering as one of two municipalities in Durham Region as an urban growth centre.

A significant portion of Pickering residents are classified as visible minorities
Visible minority
A visible minority is a person who is visibly not one of the majority race in a given population.The term is used as a demographic category by Statistics Canada in connection with that country's Employment Equity policies. The qualifier "visible" is important in the Canadian context where...

. According to the 2006 census, 15% of the city's population is Black
Black people
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, 9% South Asian, 3% Filipino
Filipino Canadian
Filipino Canadians are Canadians of Filipino ancestry. Filipino-Canadians are the fourth-largest subgroup of the Overseas Filipinos.Canada only had a small population of Filipinos until the late 20th century. To date, there are currently around 400,000 Filipino Canadians in Canada, most of them...

 and 2% East Asian. 60% of the population identifies as White
White people
White people is a term which usually refers to human beings characterized, at least in part, by the light pigmentation of their skin...



The southern part of the city is mainly suburban, with industrial
Industry refers to the production of an economic good or service within an economy.-Industrial sectors:There are four key industrial economic sectors: the primary sector, largely raw material extraction industries such as mining and farming; the secondary sector, involving refining, construction,...

 areas mainly restricted to the area around Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Pickering, Ontario. The facility derives its name from the City of Pickering in which it is located....

. Most of the suburban areas were built as subdivisions
Subdivision (land)
Subdivision is the act of dividing land into pieces that are easier to sell or otherwise develop, usually via a plat. The former single piece as a whole is then known in the United States as a subdivision...

 after World War II
World War II
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, 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
Ghost town
A ghost town is an abandoned town or city. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters...


The northern part of the municipality is mainly rural
Rural areas or the country or countryside are areas that are not urbanized, though when large areas are described, country towns and smaller cities will be included. They have a low population density, and typically much of the land is devoted to agriculture...

, primarily used for agricultural purposes. However, a number of communities exist in this area, and the locally controversial Seaton
Seaton, Ontario
Seaton is a section of north Pickering in Ontario, Canada. Seaton includes the communities of Cherrywood, Green River, and Whitevale, as well as the southern edge of Brougham.-Politics:...

 area also falls within this part of the city. The primary rural communities in Pickering are Claremont
Claremont, Ontario
Claremont is a Southern Ontario community located in the north part of the City of Pickering, Ontario, Canada.It is one of many rural villages with suburban type housing mixed with older, historic buildings in the Greater Toronto Area. Brock Road, the main north-south Regional road in the area was...

, Brougham
Brougham, Ontario
Brougham is a community within the northern part of the City of Pickering, in Durham Region of Ontario, Canada. Some of its lands are affected by plans to build the proposed Pickering Airport. There are concerns because some of its buildings are of architectural significance. There is one bus in...

, and Whitevale
Whitevale, Ontario
Whitevale is a hamlet located in the city of Pickering in Durham Region, Ontario, Canada.-History:Whitevale was an excellent example of nineteenth-century industry concentrating by a power source and then expanding of its own accord....

; however, a number of smaller communities exist throughout northern Pickering. The abandoned ghost town
Ghost town
A ghost town is an abandoned town or city. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, or nuclear disasters...

 of Altona
Altona, Ontario
Altona is a ghost town located in Pickering, Ontario, at Sideline 30 and the Pickering-Uxbridge Town Line. It is just east of Whitchurch-Stouffville, and was named after Altona, now a borough of Hamburg, Germany....

 is located there.


Pickering is home to the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is a Canadian nuclear power station located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Pickering, Ontario. The facility derives its name from the City of Pickering in which it is located....

, 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
Ontario Power Generation
Ontario Power Generation is a public company wholly owned by the Government of Ontario. OPG is responsible for approximately 70% of the electricity generation in the Province of Ontario, Canada. Sources of electricity include nuclear, hydroelectric, solar, wind, and fossil fuel...

, the plants' operator, is the largest single employer in the city. In 2001, the wind-powered OPG 7 Commemorative Turbine
OPG 7 commemorative turbine
The OPG 7 Gomberg Turbine is a Vestas model V80-1.8MW wind turbine in Pickering, Ontario. At the time of its construction, it was one of the largest wind turbines in North America, a 117-metre high wind machine commissioned in 2001 and designed to produce enough power to satisfy about 600 average...

 was opened on the generating station site.

A number of manufacturers are also located in the city. Major employers include Yorkville Sound
Yorkville Sound
Yorkville Sound is a manufacturer of musical instruments, audio amplifiers , loudspeakers and related professional sound reinforcement equipment...

 (audio equipment), the Canadian headquarters of Purdue Pharma
Purdue Pharma
Purdue Pharma L.P., is a privately held pharmaceutical company founded by physicians and now located in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. In its early years, Purdue was known for its antiseptic product, Betadine Solution, and its Senokot laxatives...

 (pharmaceuticals and health & beauty products), Hubbell Canada (electrical equipment), PSB Speakers - Lenbrook
PSB Speakers
PSB Speakers is a Canadian loudspeaker company founded in 1972 by Paul Barton. The company is named after Barton and his wife Sue. The company is headquartered in Pickering, Ontario and is now part of the Lenbrook Group....

 (stereo equipment) and Eco-Tec Inc. (industrial water purification and chemical recovery systems).

Pickering is also the home of the head office of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
-About MPAC:The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, or MPAC, administers property assessments and appeals of assessment in the Province of Ontario...

. MPAC is responsible for value assessment for property tax purposes for all municipalities in Ontario.

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, Wardrop Engineering, AECL, Intellimeter, Areva and Eco-Tec Inc.

In 2006, Profit magazine recognized Pickering as one of the top 10 cities in Canada to grow a business.


  • Pickering Town Centre
    Pickering Town Centre
    Pickering Town Centre is a large regional shopping mall located in Pickering, Ontario.-History and features:The mall was opened in 1972 as the Sheridan Mall, and opened with 80 stores. Currently, the PTC has more than 200 stores. The PTC underwent major renovations in 1998...

     - A two storey mall located at Kingston Road and Liverpool Road.

Nautical Village

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. It is part of the Waterfront Trail in Pickering.
Shoppes to explore in our Nautical Village by the Bay: Carberry Soap Co., Loran's Gifts, My Spa, SilverStone Gallery (featuring original works by Durham artists)
Restaurants and Cafes: Cafe Crème Brûlée, Hy-Tea Teahouse, PORT on Frenchman's Bay


Pickering is home to several popular and unique restaurants that keep its residents and newcomers consistently returning as regular customers. Some of these enticing and relaxing restaurants include Lonestar, with its lively patio, Massey's, Wild Wing-with 101 wing flavours and Big M, a burger joint that consistently is voted as having the top hamburgers in all of Pickering. In addition, bars and restaurants such as The Harp, Fox and Fiddle Mansion, Shagwells, and The Bear and Firkin not only offer excellent bar grub such as wings and beer, but often provide nightly entertaining environments for residents to go out, enjoy live music and great food.


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 is Dave Ryan.

Emergency services

Police services in Pickering are provided by the Durham Regional Police
Durham Regional Police
The Durham Regional Police Service is the police service operated by and serving the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario, Canada. The force serves the following local municipalities, with a combined population of 589,850:* Pickering, Ontario...

 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
Durham District School Board
The Durham District School Board is a public school board in Ontario, Canada. The DDSB serves most of the Regional Municipality of Durham, except for schools within the Municipality of Clarington, which belongs to the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board...

 and the Durham Catholic District School Board
Durham Catholic District School Board
The Durham Catholic District School Board is a publicly-funded Catholic school board located in Durham Region, east of Toronto, Ontario. There are 44 elementary schools, and 7 secondary schools. Also within the Board are one Adult Education Centre in Ajax, and one Continuing Education Centre in...

. As of early 2007, the public board operates 17 elementary schools and two secondary schools, Dunbarton High School
Dunbarton High School
Dunbarton High School is located in Pickering, Ontario and is part of the Durham District School Board. The school has students in grades 9-12 and offers a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities. Their mascot is the Spartan. It has also obtained the use of a former public school to...

 and Pine Ridge Secondary School
Pine Ridge Secondary School
Pine Ridge Secondary School is located in Pickering, Ontario within the Durham District School Board. The school has students in grades 9-12 and offers a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities. In 2007, then Principal Sarah A. McDonald was named one of Canada's Outstanding...

 (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
Montessori method
Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori. Montessori education is practiced in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth to eighteen years old.-Overview:...

 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.

Famous people and groups

  • Sean Avery
    Sean Avery
    Sean Christopher Avery is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League . He formerly played for the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers. Prior to the NHL, Avery played for the Owen Sound Platers and the...

    , NHL
    National Hockey League
    The National Hockey League is an unincorporated not-for-profit association which operates a major professional ice hockey league of 30 franchised member clubs, of which 7 are currently located in Canada and 23 in the United States...

     forward, currently plays for the New York Rangers
    New York Rangers
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  • Shelley-Ann Brown
    Shelley-Ann Brown
    Shelley-Ann Brown is a Canadian bobsledder who has competed since 2006. She was born in Scarborough, Ontario to Jamaican immigrant parents, and also raised in nearby Pickering, Ontario...

    , Olympic Silver-Medallist bobsledder
  • Yannick Carter
    Yannick Carter
    Yannick Carter is a professional Canadian football linebacker for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted in the third round of the 2007 CFL Draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders...

    , Canadian Football League
    Canadian Football League
    The Canadian Football League or CFL is a professional sports league located in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football, a form of gridiron football closely related to American football....

     linebacker and special teamer for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a Canadian Football League team based in Hamilton, Ontario, founded in 1950 with the merger of the Hamilton Tigers and the Hamilton Wildcats. The Tiger-Cats play their home games at Ivor Wynne Stadium...

  • Glenn Clark
    Glenn Clark
    Glenn Clark is the former head coach of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League, and also a former NLL player. Clark played in the NLL from 1998-2006 for both the Rock and the Philadelphia Wings. With the Rock, Clark won five NLL Championships...

    , head coach of the Toronto Rock
    Toronto Rock
    The Toronto Rock is a lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League . They play at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Rock of the late 1990s / early 2000s has been called a dynasty, having won five NLL championships in seven years. From 1999 to 2003, the Rock appeared in an NLL-record...

  • Cory Joseph
    Cory Joseph
    Cory Ephraim Joseph is a Canadian basketball player drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. Cory is also the younger brother of Devoe Joseph who plays for Oregon....

    , NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs
    San Antonio Spurs
    The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. They are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association ....

  • Ernie Coombs
    Ernie Coombs
    Ernest "Ernie" Arthur Coombs, CM was a children's entertainer that starred in the Canadian television series Mr. Dressup....

    , better known as Mr. Dressup
    Mr. Dressup
    Mr. Dressup is a Canadian children's television series produced by CBC Television that ran from 1967 to 1996.The series starred Ernie Coombs as Mr. Dressup. The show aired every weekday morning, and each day Mr...

    , resided in Pickering.
  • Perdita Felicien
    Perdita Felicien
    Perdita Felicien is a Canadian hurdler.-Early life:Felicien carries her mother's maiden name, whose origins are in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia...

    , Athens 2004 Olympic 100m Hurdler
  • Dale Goldhawk
    Dale Goldhawk
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    , journalist and consumer rights advocate.
  • Alan Haskvitz
    Alan Haskvitz
    Mr. Alan Paul Haskvitz is a teacher and author. He has been inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame and was named as a "Hero in Education" by Reader's Digest. He currently teaches eighth grade history at Suzanne Middle School in Walnut, California...

    , National Teacher's Hall of Fame educator lived and taught in Pickering. http://www.nthf.org/inductee/haskvitz.htm
  • Glenn Healy
    Glenn Healy
    Glenn Healy is a former ice hockey goaltender who played for 15 years in the National Hockey League. Prior to that, he was a member of the Western Michigan University hockey team, and 1985 graduate of the school. He also served as the director of player affairs for the National Hockey League...

    , Former NHL goalie, member of 1994 Stanley Cup Champions New York Rangers
  • Kristen Holden-Ried
    Kristen Holden-Ried
    Kristen Holden-Ried is a Canadian actor. In 2007, he portrayed William Compton in the first seven episodes of the Showtime series The Tudors. In 2010, in the television series Lost Girl, his character is a werewolf, employed in the human world as a cop....

    , actor
  • Kevin Hunter, Nationally renowned criminal defense lawyer, 2007 winner of the Sword of Jimmy Mica Ross (IWALYFAAD)
  • Spider Jones
    Spider Jones
    Charles "Spider" Jones is an author, journalist and former boxer. He is a former three-time Golden Glove Champion and was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. Jones was once voted "Boxing Commentator and M.C...

    , former professional boxer, media/radio personality, currently with CFRB
    CFRB (AM)
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  • Andrea Lewis
    Andrea Lewis
    Andrea Desiree Lewis is a Canadian-born actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Hazel Aden on the teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation.-Television and Film:...

    , singer, actor and songwriter
  • Denis T. O'Connor
    Denis T. O'Connor
    Denis T. O'Connor C.S.B. was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto from 1899 to 1908 and the first Canadian born Archbishop of Toronto and the first Canadian head of the diocese since Michael Power....

    , former Roman Catholic archbishop of Toronto.
  • Karl Polanyi
    Karl Polanyi
    Karl Paul Polanyi was a Hungarian philosopher, political economist and economic anthropologist known for his opposition to traditional economic thought and his book The Great Transformation...

    , professor of economics at Columbia University and author of The Great Transformation, resided in Pickering.
  • Paul Peschisolido
    Paul Peschisolido
    Paolo Pasquale Peschisolido , commonly known as Paul Peschisolido, is a Canadian association football manager and former player...

    , Canadian Soccer player who played in England as a striker and is now the Manager of Burton Albion F.C.
    Burton Albion F.C.
    Burton Albion Football Club are a professional English football club based in the town of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. The club's home ground is the Pirelli Stadium, having moved from Eton Park in 2005...

  • Jaime Peters
    Jaime Peters
    Jaime Bryant Peters is a Canadian soccer player of Grenadian descent who plays as a right winger for Football League One club Bournemouth on loan from Ipswich Town. He has also played 26 times for Canada.- Career :...

    , is a Canadian soccer player who plays in midfield for Ipswich Town in the United Kingdom.
  • Sarah Slean
    Sarah Slean
    Sarah Hope Slean is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and occasional actress from Pickering, Ontario. She has released eleven albums to date .-Major recordings:...

    , singer, grew up in Pickering.
  • Tyler Stewart
    Tyler Stewart
    Tyler Joseph Stewart is the drummer for the Canadian music group Barenaked Ladies. He was the last of the original five Barenaked Ladies to join the band.-Role in Barenaked Ladies:...

    , Barenaked Ladies
    Barenaked Ladies
    Barenaked Ladies is a Canadian alternative rock band. The band is currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart. Barenaked Ladies formed in 1988 in Scarborough, Ontario, then a suburban municipality outside the City of Toronto...

    , drummer/singer lives in Pickering.
  • Beverly Thomson
    Beverly Thomson
    Beverly Thomson is a Canadian journalist and co-host of Canada AM, CTV's national morning show. In 2006, she received the Gemini Humanitarian Award....

    , CTV
    CTV television network
    CTV Television Network is a Canadian English language television network and is owned by Bell Media. It is Canada's largest privately-owned network, and has consistently placed as Canada's top-rated network in total viewers and in key demographics since 2002, after several years trailing the rival...

     co-host national morning show.
  • Chris Van Vliet
    Chris Van Vliet
    Christopher "Chris" Van Vliet is a television personality and an Entertainment reporter for CBS Cleveland Affiliate, WOIO. He is the former co-host of the Sun TV show Inside Jam! and the former co-host of Razer's 969 program...

    , Entertainment Reporter for CBS Cleveland Affiliate, WOIO
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  • Neil Young
    Neil Young
    Neil Percival Young, OC, OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation...

    , 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."

In film

  • The 1957 CBC/Hollywood production of the classic television show Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans
    Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans
    Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans is a 1957 Western television series made for syndication by ITC Entertainment and Normandie Productions. It ran for one season of 39 half-hour monochrome episodes...

     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 Canadian television show Paradise Falls
    Paradise Falls
    Paradise Falls is a weekly soap opera shown nationally on the Showcase channel in Canada, starting in 2001. It is set in a summer cottage community in Central Ontario....

     first season was filmed in the village of Whitevale
    Whitevale, Ontario
    Whitevale is a hamlet located in the city of Pickering in Durham Region, Ontario, Canada.-History:Whitevale was an excellent example of nineteenth-century industry concentrating by a power source and then expanding of its own accord....

     as was David Cronenberg
    David Cronenberg
    David Paul Cronenberg, OC, FRSC is a Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter and actor. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people's fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the...

    's 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
    Salt Water Moose
    Salt Water Moose is a 1996 film directed by Stuart Margolin. It stars Johnny Morina and Katharine Isabelle. It won a Directors Guild of America Award in 1997.-Cast:*Johnny Morina as Bobby Scofield*Katharine Isabelle as Josephine 'Jo' Parnell...

     starring Timothy Dalton and Lolita Davidovitch was filmed in and around Frenchman's Bay.
  • The 1998 comedy/action film The Big Hit
    The Big Hit
    The Big Hit is a 1998 American black comedy crime film directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Che-Kirk Wong. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, Avery Brooks, and Elliot Gould....

     with Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Avery Brooks, Christina Applegate and Elliot Gould, was filmed in part in Pickering near Petticoat Creek.
  • The 2008-09 comedy/family soap Jimmy
    Jimmy is a diminutive form of the given name James which may refer to:-Media and entertainment:* "Jimmy" , by M.I.A.* Jimmy * Jimmy * "The Jimmy", a Seinfeld episode* Jimmy, a stage musical about Jimmy Walker...

     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
    Road to Avonlea
    Road to Avonlea was a television series which was first broadcast in Canada and the United States between 1990 and 1996. It was created by Kevin Sullivan and produced by Sullivan Films in association with CBC and the Disney Channel, with additional funding from Telefilm Canada.It was adapted from...

    , Little Men
    Little Men (TV series)
    Little Men is a Canadian television show that first aired on November 7, 1998 on the PAX TV network and was shown in Canada on CTV beginning January 1, 1999. The show is set as a continuation from the 1871 Louisa May Alcott novel Little Men as a follow-up to Little Women...

    , and the films Anne of Green Gables
    Anne of Green Gables (1985 film)
    Anne of Green Gables is a 1985 television movie based on the novel of the same name by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The film was produced and directed by Kevin Sullivan for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It was released theatrically in Israel, Europe and Japan.The film aired on...

     and Lantern Hill
    Lantern Hill (film)
    Lantern Hill is a 1990 television film written and directed by filmmaker Kevin Sullivan and based on the novel by L.M. Montgomery Jane of Lantern Hill. The film was co-produced by Sullivan Entertainment, the Disney Channel and CBC. The film is similar to Anne Of Green Gables, mainly because of the...



  • Homeplace by Dorsey James ~ sculptures
  • Dreamscape by Edward Falkenberg ~ sculpture
  • Millennium Mast by Ron Baird ~ sculpture
  • Pickering Pioneer Family by Andreas Drenters ~ sculpture

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