Pickering is a city located in Southern Ontario, Canada, immediately east of Toronto in Durham Region. It was occupied for centuries by the Iroquoian-speaking Huron. Beginning in the 1770s, the area was settled by primarily ethnic British colonists. Records indicate there were about 800 people living in the Township of Pickering in 1825. The area was heavily wooded and there were 3 sawmills and some shipbuilding at the mouth of the Rouge River.
Through most of the later 19th and early 20th centuries, the area remained primarily agricultural, and the population numbers remained static. Like many communities on the periphery of Toronto, the pace of development in Pickering increased after World War II. Many people moved into the area in the 1950s; after 1960 major housing developments sprang up. Manufacturing companies also moved into the area attracted by access to Highway 401 and other transportation routes. In 1965 ONTARIO HYDRO began to build Pickering nuclear generating station just east of Frenchman’s Bay, adding further growth. In 1974 the township was divided with the eastern and northern parts, including the villages of Brougham, Claremont, Green River, Greenwood and Whitevale, becoming the town of Pickering; the remainder became the town of AJAX.
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