Getting Around Durham Region

One of the criteria many people use when selecting where to buy a home is how easy it is to get around the city, and the distance to work, or grandchildren, or parents. Making Durham Region your home could fit the bill.

Since selecting a neighbourhood to move into based on where your extended family lives is fairly straightforward, let’s look at how getting around Durham Region will affect your commute to work.

Real estate prices often take into consideration the distance to highways, transit, and Toronto. Although people who decide to buy a home and settle in one of the many communities of Durham Region can work locally or in other regions, many of the breadwinners commute to Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Durham Region is serviced by two major highways: the 401 and the soon-to-be-finished 407 toll road to the north. The 401 runs through the cities and towns along the lake and all lakeside communities have, at least, one exit and entrance to this thoroughfare. Since traffic congestion can sometimes be an issue during commuter rush hours or construction season, there are also several feeder routes that give access to Toronto as well: Kingston Road (Highway 2), Finch and Taunton/Steeles Road.

To ease congestion, the 407 was built, and it will run from one side of Durham to the other. Check out this website for details about completion dates, transponders and fees.

If sitting in the car is not your ideal commuter transport, the GO Transit system by Metrolink is a great way to let someone else do the driving. GO buses serve many of the smaller communities of the region and feed to one of the GO train stations in the cities and towns along the lakeshore. With several express trains during rush hours, getting to downtown Toronto by train can be faster than by car, even without traffic. Check out GO Transit’s website for detailed schedules and routes.

Durham Region also has a local transit system that helps citizens get around neighbourhoods. It currently serves all communities along Lake Ontario. It also has buses that join up with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for people who need to make different connections. Here is their website, DRT, to find out if they can get you where you need to go.

Many of the communities to the north are car dependent. Families that settle in those areas willingly sacrifice transit for the peace and sense of community that living in a village or small town can give.

Need help picking a community? Call or email us to give you the scoop on transit, commutes and any other question that you have.