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The Uplands Courtice

Modern townhomes and bungalofts taking shape at The Uplands Courtice

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Modern townhomes and bungalofts taking shape at The Uplands Courtice

One of Clarington’s most highly anticipated developments will put nature first, as the luxury condos and townhomes of The Uplands take shape on a rolling site at King St. and Darlington Blvd. in the GTA east.

Located between Hwys. 2 and 401 minutes from Oshawa to the west and Bowmanville to the east, The Uplands Courtice offers a tranquil oasis adjacent to conservation land and a creek. It provides homeowners with the rare opportunity to connect with nature in the middle of bustling suburban Courtice, yet be close to all amenities.

Downtown Toronto is easily accessible with the Oshawa GO Train, which is just 40 minutes to Union Station or Hwys. 401 and 407, which are only five minutes from your doorstep. The Hwy. 418 link will soon make travel much faster. Those travelling east can catch the VIA train in Oshawa which can whisk you to Ottawa, Montreal and beyond.

The modern townhouses and bungalofts launching in September at The Uplands Courtice will start in the $500,000s. When completed, the project will have approximately 450 residential units, including condos and townhomes. The interior finishes will have stainless steel appliances in the kitchens, granite counters and contemporary cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, and a selection of engineered wood flooring, porcelain and carpet as per plan. The site’s slope is being used to maximize views, with townhouses set along the valley, and condos behind them, so all residents can enjoy views of Farewell Creek.

Developer Alan Hirschfield of High Street Courtice Inc. has made protecting and enhancing the environment a top priority for The Uplands. The company donated land along the creek to the municipality and a former rough path is being transformed into a public trail that will link picturesque Tooley’s Mill Park with its gazebo, site for many community events, to Darlington Provincial Park. An entrance from The Uplands will connect its residents directly to the trail where they can walk or cycle (Darlington Beach on Lake Ontario is a 12-minute bike ride away).

Hirschfield’s vision is to create a setting, so all Uplands residents, as well as the larger community, will enjoy the scenic natural features at their doorstep. “The park is very popular and we also donated a half acre to create parking,” says Hirschfield. “If you get more people using the valley, it will be kept cleaner and they’ll keep an eye on what’s happening there.”

As well as improving and protecting the Farewell Creek valley lands, The Uplands is bringing new housing choices to that part of Durham Region. As the population has become more mature and diverse, people want to be able to stay in the community, whether they work there or are downsizing. Hirschfield has also seen the flow of young couples and professionals from the GTA to more affordable communities offering a more serene lifestyle. That’s why Uplands is offering a mix of units.

“The townhouses will be ‘comfortably modern’ in design and of high quality,” he says, “with brick and stucco facades, clean lines, slightly sloped roofs, garage doors with contemporary detailing and large windows. There will be some units in the 1,350-sq.-ft. range, with the master bedroom on the main floor and another bedroom on the second floor. Buyers needing more space can find up to 3,200-sq.-ft. towns with double-car garages.


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Local Focus – Clarington

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Local Focus – Clarington

Bowmanville, Courtice & Newcastle

Living History

Clarington is the most easterly municipality in the Greater Toronto Area, located along the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is the amalgamation of the former townships of Darlington, Clarke, Bowmanville, the Village of Newcastle and the Village of Orono, as well as a number of rural villages, some of which are Bond Head, Enniskillen, Hampton, Kendal, Maple Grove, Mitchell Corners, New Park, Newtonville, Port Darlington, Port Granby, Salem, Starkville, Taunton and Wilmot Creek.

It took its current name in 1994 after having been known as the Town of Newcastle. It was changed it to alleviate confusion between the municipality and the Village of Newcastle. Bowmanville is the largest community in the municipality and is home to the municipal offices.

Port of Newcaslte

Housing Options

There are heritage buildings and structures scattered throughout the rural countryside and in clusters of heritage homes within the towns and hamlets. But Clarington, now also considered a bedroom community of Toronto, is full of new housing tracts and condominium buildings.

The Workplace

The major employers include the Darlington Nuclear Generation Station, the Bowmanville Foundry and General Motors. There are many other medium to large-sized manufacturing businesses, as well, but most people commute west into Durham Region or Toronto for employment. Bowmanville is also home to the RCMP’s regional offices. School Days Schools are administered by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board.The nearest post-secondary schools are the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College in Oshawa. There is also a campus of Trent University in Oshawa.

Farmers’ market

Leisure Pursuits

The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport International Raceway) in Bowmanville hosts both minor grand prix races and major racing events.

Docville Wild West Park

Bowmanville is also home to the oldest private zoo in Canada, which has produced many movie stars, including the lions that appeared in The Ghost and the Darkness and, more recently, Jonas the tiger, who played Richard Parker in Life of Pi. Clarington is home to five Christmas parades, more than any other municipality in Canada. The parades are held in Bowmanville, Newcastle, Courtice, Orono, and Enniskillen/Tyrone. Docville Wild West Park is a mock Wild West town that offers tours and is also used as a film set. Bowmanville is also home to Camp 30, a POW camp for German troops during the Second World War and the last surviving POW camp in Canada.

Dirk Hackenberger of the Bowmanville Zoo with Jonas the tiger.

Parks & Rec

The largest park in the rarea is the Darlington Provincial Park, located south of Highway 401 near Courtice. The park borders the shore of Lake Ontario and McLaughlin Bay, which is shallow and was closed off from the lake sometime in the 1990s by natural wave action. It offers lots of recreational activities, including camping, picnic facilities, nature trails and a long strip of sandy beach.

The Samuel Wilmot Nature Area in Newcastle is a 77-hectares park that contains trails, viewing platforms and interpretive signs.

The Port of Newcastle Park offers spectacular view of the lake from its kilometre of paved trail located on the top of a bluff.

The shores of Lake Ontario in Newcastle.

Clarington also offers a large range of recreational facilities at its many parks recreational facilities. Read more here. And there are a host of country-style fairs in many of the rural communities that make up Clarington.

Retail Therapy

The small towns and hamlets that make up Clarington are full of lovely boutiques, cafés, bistros, gift and craft shops and, of course, there are plenty of farmers’ markets. Although the area doesn’t have a large indoor shopping mall, you don’t have to go far to fulfil your need to shop until you drop; there are great indoor malls and big box stores in Oshawa and, a little further afield, Peterborough.

Archibald’s Estate Winery, renowned for its award-winning fruit wines, is located in Bowmanville. It has been run by the same family for four generations and also has a variety of pick-your-own orchards.

Archibald’s Estate Winery

Essential Services

Lakeridge Health has full-service hospitals in Oshawa and Bowmanville. The Durham Regional Police patrol the streets and emergency response is provided by the Clarington Emergency and Fire Department, comprised of fulltime and volunteer firefighters.

Camp 30

Easy Access

Highway 401 runs throughout the region, with Highway 35 and Highway 115 bisecting Newcastle and taking commuters north into cottage country. Durham Region Transit offers some bus routes throughout Clarington, taking commuters west, and GO Transit offers train and bus service in and out of the region.


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John Burk Grist and Saw Mill in Bowmanville.


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