It was incorporated in 1973 as the Town of Newcastle with the merging of the town of Bowmanville and the townships of Clarke and Darlington. In 1994, the town was renamed Clarington, a portmanteau of the names of the two former townships.
Most residents commute for work in Durham Region or Toronto. Major employers in Clarington include the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, General Motors Canada, and several medium to large-sized manufacturing businesses.
The municipality consists of several major urban communities:
Unlike many other locations on similar latitudes on the eastern half of the North American continent the winters are relatively mild, with cold extremes being moderated by the proximity to Lake Ontario. In spite of this the average low is around −10 °C (14 °F) in January. Summers are normally moderately warm with averages of around 26 °C (79 °F) during the day but with nights cooling off rapidly to fall below 15 °C (59 °F) on many occasions.
VIA (intercity) and GO Transit (commuter) trains stop in nearby Oshawa.
By freeway, the six-lane Ontario highway 401 connects Clarington to the rest of the Windsor-Quebec corridor.
For Bowmanville, exit Hwy 401 at the Liberty Street Exit.
For Newcastle, exit Hwy 401 at the Mill Street Exit (Exit 440), or exit Hwy 35/115 at the Hwy 2 exit.
From the Oshawa railway station, GO Transit Routes 90 and 91 offer half-hourly service to Bowmanville (King St. E. at Ontario St., 36 min, $6-8), and hourly scheduled bus service on to Newcastle (King St. E. at Ontario St., 45 min, $6-9).
The closest major airports serve Toronto, with Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest airport (YYZ IATA) just west of Toronto. From Clarington, this means having to cross all of Oshawa and Toronto, which is time-consuming in peak traffic hours.
The entire village of Newcastle is approximately 1.5 km2. Everything in the village is within an easy walk or bicycle ride.
- The original Massey Tractor factory on King Avenue east of Mill Street in Newcastle. This building was the original production facility for a company (Massey-Ferguson) that would go on to become one of the largest manufacturers of farm machinery in the world. A portion of the original facility is still standing, and has been converted into luxury loft apartments.
- The Newcastle Town Hall, at the intersection of Mill Street and King Avenue. This beautiful, classic public building in the 'art nouveau' style is a local landmark, and was donated to the community by the Massey family.
- Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. A major attraction in the municipality is the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport Park), a multi-track facility located north of Bowmanville that features a 2.459-mile (4.0 km), 10-turn road course; a half-mile paved oval; a 2.4-km advanced driver and race driver training facility and a 1.4-km kart track (Mosport International Karting). It was a host of the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One before the event was moved to a circuit in Montreal in the 1970s.
- Jungle Cat World, 3667 Concession Road 6, Orono, ☏ . Daily 10AM-5PM, closed 25 Dec and 1 Jan. A privately-owned zoo. Free guided feeding tour at 1:30PM daily. accredited by the Canadian and World Associations of Zoos and Aquariums. Lodging is available: $175-250 double, breakfast included. Adults $20, teens and seniors $15, children $10, children under 3 free.
- Clarington Museums and Archives - Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre, 62 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa 10AM–4PM, Th until 8PM.
- The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 143 Simpson Avenue, Bowmanville, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Tu 10AM-5PM, W 10AM-9PM, Th 10AM-5PM, F-Su 10AM-4PM. A non-collecting public gallery dedicated to arts education and the exhibition of contemporary art.
- Stephen's Gulch Conservation Area, 360 Stephen's Mill Road, Bowmanville (follow Liberty St N, turn right on Concession Rd 4, turn left on Bethesda Rd to Stephen's Mill Rd), ☏ . Groomed trails for hiking. Parking $2 per hour or $5 for the day.
- Cedar Park, 6296 Cedar Park Rd., Bowmanville (follow Regional Rd 57 N from Bowmanville), ☏ . Early June through to early Sep only: daily 10AM-6PM. Family campground & water park. Day-use park facilities: pool, water slides, splash pad, aqua playgrounds, miniature golf, tennis court, park playground areas and 30 acres of parkland, picnic grounds and covered shelters. Adul $14, child 2-12 or senior 65+ $12; large water slides $8 extra per person, mini-golf $6 per person; all taxes included.
- Da Taste, 361 King Ave E, Newcastle,, ☏ . M 11AM-9PM, Tu W 11:30AM-8PM, Th 11:30AM-9PM, F 11AM-10PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-8PM. Jamaican cuisine.
- Mito Sushi, ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su Hol noon-9PM. All you can eat: lunch $15, dinner $22-23; discounts for seniors ($2-3 off), and for children.
- Bowmanville Restaurant, 231 King St E, Bowmanville, ☏ . 7AM-9PM.
- Manantler Craft Brewing Co., 182 Wellington St, Bowmanville (behind the factory in the basement), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-W 2PM-7PM, Th-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Tours, tasting, beer yoga, live music events.
- Walsh's Snug (The Snug), 28 King Ave. E., Newcastle, ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 11AM-10PM. Irish pub.
- Liberty Inn, 150 Liberty Street South, Bowmanville, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Air conditioning, free WiFi, small pets allowed, 30 rooms. From $109.
- Best Western Plus, 160 Liberty Street S, ☏ , toll-free: . From $98.
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 37 Spicer Square, Bowmanville, toll-free: . Indoor pool, fitness center, guest laundry facilities, air conditioning, mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker.
- Cedar Park, 6296 Cedar Park Rd., Bowmanville (follow Regional Rd 57 N from Bowmanville), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. May 1 to October 1. Tent-trailer, trailer or RV sites by the night, by the week, or by the month. Facilities: snack bar, picnic areas, washrooms, laundry facilities, access to the water park, not including the large water slides or miniature golf. No trailers for rent. Tent camping not permitted. Camping $75 for a family of four, plus $12 per additional person - includes taxes and general admission to water park.
|Routes through Clarington|
|Toronto ← Oshawa ←||W E||→ Newcastle → Kingston|
|ENDS ←||S N||→ Lindsay → Peterborough|