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Escaping the city has never been easier when Ajax is your destination. A mere 12 kilometres east of the Toronto city border, this lovely lakeshore town, named in honour of the Royal Navy Ship HMS Ajax, boasts a prime location along Lake Ontario’s southern edge.

Let’s start with the waterfront, Ajax’s claim to fame. The Ajax Waterfront Trail awaits you and makes it possible to explore the lakeshore by foot or bicycle across seven nature-filled kilometres of walking trails. If you’re a hiker, you’ve probably already guessed that Ajax’s Waterfront Trail makes up a small segment of the much larger network that is the Trans-Canada Trail. What sets this leg of the journey apart from other stretches is the incredible scenery. Pristine and picturesque, Ajax residents take pride in the natural beauty of the lake and its surroundings, and are happy to share this delight with visitors.

Summer season marks the onset of golfing season, so if you’re par for the course then pack your clubs and get ready to set foot on one of the five greens in the area. For more fast-paced entertainment, stop in at Ajax Downs between the months of May and September to experience live horse racing and to try your luck at picking the winning steed.

If it’s a winter month that brings you to Ajax, there’s plenty of ready-to-go ice pads or an indoor movie theatre to keep you occupied. Ajax Winterfest in February can also keep the blood pumping with a number of snow activities ranging from snowshoeing to snow golf!

Sightseers might find their fancy in the St. Francis Centre, a 140 year-old heritage building and former church that doubles as the arts and culture hub in Ajax. The Centre can be found in Pickering Village, where year-round activity takes place in this historic Quaker Settlement-turned-shopping district that features delectable dining experiences, live musical entertainment and a local history lesson in architecture. For a complete listing of dining options in Ajax, download the Taste of Ajax Restaurant Guide.

For meeting and conventions, Ajax is the go-to destination in Durham Region. The Ajax Convention Centre Complex features a state of the art banquet facility with two hotels on the property, conveniently located at the Highway 401 Salem Interchange. Picturesque golf courses, municipal facilities and restaurants provide a wide range of additional options for hosting meetings and conventions of all sizes.

For current happenings, the Town of Ajax website offers a number of ideas for events that take place throughout the year. Personally, we’ve earmarked the summertime Taste Ajax culinary festival which provides the unique and delicious opportunity to taste the many culinary offerings from Ajax’s numerous local restaurants, food trucks, craft beer and Artisan’s Market, all while enjoying the scenic waterfront view and listening to live entertainment.