Hardly just another somnolent Toronto suburb, Pickering boasts a highly diversified economy built largely around the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, electronics, and energy industries. Cited by Profit magazine as one of Canada’s top 10 places to start a business, Pickering offers more economic opportunities than any other municipality in Durham. With a job-to-resident ratio of 1 to 3 – and an additional 40,000 new jobs expected to surface once the Seaton area is developed – Pickering is as much of a bustling economic hub as it is a bedroom community.
Unlike other, largely homogenous municipalities throughout the Golden Horseshoe, Pickering is nearly as colorful as Toronto itself. Visible minorities account for more than 30 percent of the population, with significant numbers of South Asians, Chinese, African-Canadians, Filipinos, Latinos, and Arab-Canadians all calling Pickering home.
Real estate in Pickering, meanwhile, is as diverse as its ethnic gene pool. Whether you’re in the market for a farmhouse in the rural northern sectors, a cozy little townhouse near the urban core, or a sprawling, family-friendly dwelling in the outlying suburbs, you’ll find a variety of quality options in Pickering.
Despite its prime location on Toronto’s doorstep – and the fact that its schools and neighbourhoods are consistently ranked among the Greater Toronto Area’s best – Pickering remains one of Southern Ontario’s most affordable areas. Largely a family-oriented community with family-sized dwellings, Pickering also includes plenty of smaller townhomes and bungalows ideal for singles, couples without children, and empty nesters.
The site of the popular summer resort Nautical Village, which overlooks the pristine Frenchman’s Bay, Pickering is a popular destination for tourists as well.