Much like its neighbouring communities, Oshawa has four school boards that operate primary and secondary schools in the city. These boards include Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, the Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud. Oshawa schools include Beau Valley Public School, Waverly Public School, Maxwell Heights Secondary School, Coronation Public School, Sir Albert Love Catholic School, St. Hedwig Catholic School, and Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School. Private school options are also available to residents.
Post-secondary institutions in the city include Durham College (offering courses in accounting, healthcare, advertising, trades, technology, law, and hospitality), the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (with programs in health sciences, education, business, engineering, and social sciences), and Trent University Durham (providing programs in law, psychology, business, media, education, and history).
The Canadian Automotive Museum houses a collection of Canadian cars ranging from 1905 to 1983. Displays provide information and examples of car manufacturing and ownership throughout Canada’s automobile history. The museum also has collections of vehicles from America, Britain, and European countries. Guided tours and group tours are available, and special exhibits and events change throughout the year.
The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve is 41 hectares of land on the north shore of Lake Ontario that is owned by General Motors of Canada Limited and that features hundreds of species of plants, birds, mammals, and fish. The park includes walking trails and viewing platforms for birdwatchers and photographers, is open year-round, and is free to visit.