Oakville Arena by Erin McGean in Oakville, Ontario, Canada

This photo is taken from within the Oakville arena after my son’s hockey practice on a snowy winter day. Like much of Canada, Oakville is a town that loves recreation and of course, hockey. I liked the way this old window framed the row houses across the street. The Oakville Arena is 65 years old and rich with hockey nostalgia and history, like much of Oakville.

Name:Erin McGean

High School Art Teacher


Making art… in many styles and mediums.

Tell us about the Oakville:

What I love about the town of Oakville is the quaint and historical feel of the downtown core with its picturesque harbours, vibrant shops, an active arts community and some of the best dining options in the Greater Toronto Area. It sits next to Lake Ontario which provides many parks and romantic winding paths along its shores.

A perfect day?

Waking up early to see the sunrise over Lake Ontario at Coronation Park. Then heading downtown for breakfast at the Crepe Kitchen followed by a stroll and some shopping along the strip. Some live music in the evenings… somewhere outdoors if it’s summer!

What is the best thing about Oakville?

Its proximity to downtown Toronto and the shores of Lake Ontario.

What is the worst?

The land taxes.

What would be surprising about Oakville to an outsider?

It was voted most romantic city in Canada by Amazon in 2012.

If Oakville was a person or character who would it be?

Sean Connery

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Jerry Uelsmann, Quentin Tarantino, Jamiroquai



Name:Erin McGean


Favorite place to eat:


Favorite place to drink:


Favorite shop:


Local Tip:

If they don’t look real… they’re probably not.

Must Do:

See the beautiful Glen Abbey golf course (part of the PGA tour).