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Best known as ‘the city that motovates Canada’ for its profound automotive history, Oshawa is a beautiful Canadian lakeside city in Ontario. The city is closely related to a hundred year old history of what is now known as the General Motors of Canada. The company’s former present used to live in his 55-rooms mansion called the Parkwood. This stately manor house has featured in many Hollywood blockbusters like 54, Billy Madison, Chicago and X-Men. If you’d like to touch a piece of city’s glorious automotive and industrial history, a visit to the Canadian Automotive Museum and the Oshawa Military and Industrial Museum would come highly recommended.
The Canadian Automotive Museum is an automobile museum in Oshawa. It is built into two floors, the ground floors is where numerous old foreign cars are displayed whereas the upper portion features a ‘Made in Canada’ exhibit and is exclusively hallmarked by cars of General Motors Canada. Some of the most famous cars exhibited here include a 1902 Orient, 1903 Redpath Messenger, 1905 McLaughlin Carriage, 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (originally Lady Eaton's car), 1918 Chevrolet 490 Snowmobile and a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III.
The Oshawa Military and Industrial Museum (or the Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Museum)
The Oshawa Military and Industrial Museum is home to Canada's largest collection of operational military vehicles. This living museum displays some of the most prized possessions of Canadian armed forces since 1850s, a distinction that includes armored vehicles (like tanks), jeeps and trucks besides military uniforms, medals, photographs and diaries of the former soldiers. A prime attraction here is the ‘Tank Saturday’, wherein live displays and demonstrations of operational armored fighting vehicles are performed by soldiers of Canadian Army.The Parkwood Estate
The Parkwood Estate was the residence of the Samuel McLaughlin, the founder of McLaughlin Motor Car Company (a company that later merged into General Motors of Canada), and was his family’s residence until 1972. You should visit this grand mansion it for its glorious early 20th century architecture, interior designing, gardens and 11 greenhouses. While the interiors contain old books, photographs, memorabilia and artworks, the gardens sustain a stellar signature of typical European style mixed with a dash of 20th century formations.