Named after a Royal Navy cruiser, Ajax overlooks Lake Ontario just east of Toronto. The city’s historic center showcases a rich European heritage, while live music, comedy clubs and annual art exhibitions create a constant buzz.
Things to do in Ajax
Explore the rich history of Ajax with a stroll through Pickering Village, Ajax’s original Quaker Settlement from the early-1800s. Browse the beautiful redbrick buildings, bookshops and antique stores that line the cobblestone streets. Stop at Sauter's Inn Restaurant, a Tudor-style tavern with a courtyard serving traditional German fare.
Spend a relaxing afternoon along Ajax Waterfront, which sprawls six kilometers along the shores of Lake Ontario with nature trails, shady picnic tables and playgrounds. If you’re keen for a challenging physical pursuit, follow one of the hiking trails through the forests and river valley in Greenwoods Conservation Area.
Do you love shopping? Don’t miss the Pickering Markets, where you can trawl through over 500 undercover vendors selling everything from local art and handicrafts to vintage and designer fashion. Afterward, visit the fresh food market for freshly brewed coffee and a tasty treat from Lana’s Deli or Taco Fusion.
Enjoy an evening of laughs at Yuk Yuk’s, the home of Canadian comedy. Yuk Yuk’s has hosted world-famous comedians, including Jim Carrey and Howie Mandel. Before the show, enjoy a glass a wine and an artisanal cheese platter at the Country Cheese Company, famous for selling Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex’s favorite cheddar.
Getting around Ajax
Ajax is a one-hour bus ride or 45 minutes’ drive from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and is connected to Greater Toronto by train. With an abundance of trails and lanes, Ajax is easily explored on foot or by bicycle. Buses, taxis and car rentals are also available.