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Bowmanville – The Home of Continental

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While Continental doesn’t have a branch in Bowmanville, it’s still our home base…and we’re hugely proud to be a part of the Bowmanville community! Bowmanville offers visitors and residents so much charm, character, and more excitement than you might think for a small town! The vibrant locally owned business community is something we’re grateful to be part of. We thought this would be a great opportunity to share the amazing sights and sound of our home with all of you!

What to do in Bowmanville

Bowmanville’s cute and quaint downtown offers shoppers a unique experience with excellent locally owned shops, restaurants, and cafes, such as Violet Door Bookstore, the Glass Slipper, Three-Six Kitchen and Lounge, Norm’s Delicatessen, and The Birch Bistro (to name a few!). The downtown strip also hosts several fun festivals every spring, summer, and fall like Maple Fest, Apple Fest, and BluesBerry Fest.

Canadian Tire Mosport Park is located just north of Bowmanville and offers tons of entertainment! Mosport hosts both minor and major racing events. Darlington Provincial Park is a great spot for camping, hiking, and walking along Lake Ontario. Enniskillen General Store is home to the best ice cream in the area! With tons of flavours, huge portions, and friendly service, this hidden gem is located north of Bowmanville.

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History of Bowmanville

In addition to great shops and restaurants, Bowmanville is also rich with history. Camp 30 was a prisoner of war camp during World War II, housing about 400 German prisoners. The prisoners were treated with respect, were given lots of leisure time, and often granted day passes to visit Lake Ontario. In October 1942, guards were ordered to shackle the prisoners in response to the treatment of Canadian POW in German camps. Thus, the Battle of Bowmanville ensued. It is rumoured that Canadian guards armed themselves with baseball bats – in order to match the POW’s who had scavenged a variety of makeshift weapons.

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Nearest Branch to Bowmanville

Continental’s closest branch is a stone’s throw away in Oshawa – just 15 minutes west on the 401. As part of the GTA, there are regular bus routes from Bowmanville to Oshawa. From Oshawa, it is easy to hop on the GO Train to Toronto and beyond! It is a perfect small town, not too far from the city.

Written by Megan Cary

Thanks for taking the time to discover our very special home. If you’re a member of the Bowmanville community (or you’ve passed through before), don’t hesitate to let us know what makes it special for you!

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