Ajax’s downtown is located along the tree-lined Harwood Avenue South. The major landmark is Pat Bayly Square, which is a pedestrian-friendly hub for events and activities. Made up of a grouping of plazas and shops offering diverse restaurants to professional services, the downtown area is also home to many Ajax community facilities including the town hall, library, community centre and Go Train.
Along Ajax’s only historic main street, Old Kingston Road, you can’t miss the sight of Pickering Village. Originally a Quaker settlement, Pickering Village is home to a group of historic Tudor-style buildings arranged around a courtyard, now housing businesses from an ice cream shop to a hair salon. Pickering Village, settled in 1807, still contains many original buildings: The Gordon House, built in 1881, was a hotel known for its excellent food; Casa Verde, an Italian restaurant is housed in an 1890 building that originally served as a birthing house, and later as a rum runners hideout. For more than a decade Pickering Village has been home to JamFest, an annual summer music festival.