City of Oshawa and GM Canada Celebrate Earth Week by Commemorating Donation of McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Fenelon/Venus Park

Oshawa, Ont. – To celebrate Earth Week, GM Canada president and managing director, Kristian Aquilina, Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter, and members of City Council came together to memorialize the official land donation of McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Fenelon/Venus Park to the Oshawa community by planting a native Hackberry tree near McLaughlin Bay’s waterfront trail.

In 2019, GM Canada announced more than 90 acres of land would be donated to the City to protect wildlife, preserve marshland, and enable residents to enjoy its rich greenspace for years to come. The donation included:

  • 87 acres of McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve, providing links to the Waterfront Trail and additional trails within Darlington Provincial Park and Oshawa Second Marsh
  • Approximately three acres of Fenelon/Venus Park, a neighbourhood park located just east of Park Road between Wentworth and Phillip Murray Avenue

Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter thanked GM Canada for its valued partnership and commitment to the Oshawa community.

“GM’s generous donation of 90 acres of parkland strengthens our commitment to protecting and providing greenspace for our community,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “We thank GM Canada for its longstanding commitment to the great City of Oshawa and look forward to continuing Oshawa’s tradition of automotive innovation.”

“GM Canada has deep roots in Durham Region dating back to when Colonel Sam McLaughlin began building vehicles here in 1908, and we’re still proudly headquartered in Oshawa alongside the iconic Oshawa Assembly and Operations plant and McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track,” said Kristian Aquilina, president and managing director, GM Canada. “We’re proud to give back to our local community and solidify our commitment to sustainability through this historic land donation.”

About McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve
The McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve features almost seven kilometres of walking trails and viewing platforms and is in close to proximity to the Waterfront Trail, Darlington Provincial Park and Oshawa Second Marsh (a Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) and Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI)). Collectively, the area is home to numerous species of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.

About General Motors Canada
General Motors of Canada is headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario and is part of a global company that is committed to delivering safer, better and more sustainable ways for people to get around. In Canada, General Motors markets ChevroletBuickGMCCadillac and BrightDrop vehicles through our strong Canadian network of dealers, as well as OnStar services. More information can be found at or by following @GMCanada on and Instagram.