A vibrant City Centre is a highly walkable, connected space, offering different opportunities to get to and around for those who live, work, and visit here. Our vision is to create an integrated pedestrian, cycling and transit network that is safe, comfortable and intuitive. See Chapter 5: Mobility of the Downtown Intensification Vision for a complete overview.
The Province of Ontario has identified Pickering's City Centre as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub. As such, a number of exciting projects have been in the works to make connecting with your favourite City Centre attractions simple and convenient.
The enclosed pedestrian bridge spans 14 lanes of Canada's busiest Highway, Highway 401, and provides a safe and sheltered commute for pedestrians and cyclists, connecting Pickering's GO Transit Station and beautiful waterfront to our burgeoning City Centre.
Furthermore, the Pickering GO Transit Station recently completed a five level parking structure, offering up an additional 1200 parking spaces, ultimately providing a total of 1700 parking spots for users.
View our Transit page for helpful resources.
Pickering's City Centre is a preferred place to further or enhance your post-secondary education. The Durham College and Centennial College Joint Learning Centre opened its doors, Fall 2012 and represents the first public post-secondary presence in Pickering's 200 year history. The Learning Centre is stationed at the base of the Pedestrian Bridge, which offers a direct connection to the Pickering GO Transit Station. The accessible location, which also has direct access to major highways, offers graduate certificate and continuing education programs, perfect for commuters who wish to remain close to home.
Discover a new skill or stimulate your imagination at the Pickering Public Library. The iHelp Desk at the Central Library features a Makerbot 3D printer where users can design and print 3D models, no experience necessary. Let the resources guide your learning and you'll be a 3D designer in no time! Our friendly Library staff can guide you through scanning, photo printing, ebooks, iMacs and an array of media software. Start connecting, and enhance your social media networking skills through our group classes for Facebook, Twitter, or Smartphone Apps. Look out for new children and youth programs involving Arduino robots, circuits, greenscreen video-making, Minecraft, and much more. The Library is an excellent technology hub for those of all skill levels and all ages. Stop by today!
The City Centre offers a variety of cultural experiences and events throughout the year. The energy of the city comes alive through bustling festivals and live theatre, to musical entertainment and art exhibits. Visit the Events Calendar for upcoming City Centre events or view our Cultural Directory for a map of cultural organizations that operate within the City Centre.
Pickering's City Centre offers a myriad of shopping and dining experiences to suit every taste.
Explore flavours from all over the world. Our cuisine is as diverse as the community itself. From elegant restaurants to family eateries and trendy cafes, you won't find a better combination of rich flavour and genuine hospitality. Be sure to experience the fresh scents and tastes of Pickering's Farmers' Market at the Pickering Town Centre in the spring, summer and fall months. Take a break from shopping to browse the outdoor stalls, guided by the sweet smells of caramel kernels and rich apple pudding while enjoying live entertainment by local artists.
Retail shopping options are plentiful in the City Centre, a tight knit community of family owned businesses, large chain stores, and established specialty stores won't leave you tired of options.
Program and recreation activities are bountiful in the City Centre. With the Recreation Complex and Pickering Public Library in the heart of the action, keeping busy in your spare time will never be a challenge. From infants to Adult 55 + our programs touch on all ages, and provide meaningful, enjoyable experiences for the whole family. View our City Services and Leisure Guide to learn more.