Ajax is a town in Durham Region, midway between Oshawa and Toronto. Split from Pickering Township in 1941 to house munitions factory Defence Industries Limited, it is now a growing Greater Toronto Area suburb with nearly 110 thousand people.


Ajax was established in 1941 as a wartime munitions production centre. where a workforce of up to 9000 people filled 40 million shells for the war effort. The University of Toronto briefly used the former munitions factory site as a technical school (1945-1949) which trained 7000 engineers. The town hosted various industries in the post-war era. The first town council was elected in 1954; the Village of Pickering and lakeside Town of Pickering Beach were annexed to the Town of Ajax when Durham Region was created on January 1, 1974.

The remainder of Pickering Township is now the City of Pickering. Since the 1980s, Ajax has become a steadily growing sprawl of single-family suburban homes. The town is named for a World War II Royal Navy cruiser, one of three warships (HMS Ajax, HMS Exeter and HMS Achilles) responsible for the first major British victory of the war; German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee was defeated at the Battle of the River Plate near Montevideo, Uruguay in December 1939.

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Carruthers Creek in Ajax

Ajax has five golf courses, 90km of trails and sixty parks and playgrounds.




There are a hundred restaurants in Ajax; a full list is available on www.visitajax.ca but a few options include:




Ajax is a local telephone call from both Toronto and Oshawa. Wi-fi is commonly available in coffee shops, hotels and fast-food restaurants. There are three Ajax public library branches (one at the town hall, one each at the two community centres) which offer public Internet.

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Routes through Ajax

Toronto Pickering  W  E  Whitby Oshawa
Toronto Pickering  W  E  Whitby Oshawa

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