Time to pick that perfect pumpkin!

With Halloween just weeks away, now is the time to visit your local farm and pick out your pumpkin! A thrilling tradition for children young and old, finding the perfect pumpkin is a marvelous activity for the whole family to enjoy.

Local pumpkin patches across Durham Region are currently open, and are welcoming families to pick out their pumpkins! Be sure to stick around to enjoy the many additional activities planned for children. Each farm offers something unique and different, such as hay rides, corn mazes, and so much more!

Local farms provide endless family friendly fun, and acres of pumpkins in all shapes, sizes, and colours, ready to bring home and carve into front-porch masterpieces.

So you’ve gutted your pumpkin, now what? There are so many possibilities! Bake a pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice muffins, or roast the seeds to enjoy a delightfully savoury snack.

Be sure to visit the Durham Farm Fresh website to learn more about our local producers or to view the Durham Farm Fresh brochure.

Pick your own:

Brooks Farms
122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert  

Cooper CSA Farm and Maze
266 Ashworth Rd., Zephyr

Knox’s Pumpkin Farm
6325 Enfield Rd., Hampton

Pingle’s Farm Market
1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton

Watson Farms Ltd.
2287 Hwy. 2, Bowmanville

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Hit the trails!

With more than 350 kilometres of recreation trails and conservation areas weaving through Durham Region, outdoor adventures can be embarked on at any time of the year.

During the fall, Durham’s scenic countryside proudly displays stunning, colourful foliage for all to see. This is an excellent time of year to get out with the whole family, and enjoy hiking through our many world-class trails here in Durham Region. Throughout the season, explore the trails by walking, jogging, cycling, in-line skating, bike riding, or even horseback riding!

Our trails will lead you through a variety of pleasant landscapes. Explore urban centres, small hamlets, wetlands, lush forests, and reconnect with the great outdoors.

Looking to map out an adventure for your family? Check out the Durham Region Trails Guide by visiting Also, be sure to check out the online, interactive Map Your City (MYC) Durham Waterfront Trail lab and mobile app! Use this tool to view trail access and way-finding points, read interesting stories, see pictures, access web and video links, and identify all of the amazing amenities near you. Download the app from the website for free on your Android or iOS devices.

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Plan a relaxing night away from home at a local B&B

Take a break from life’s hustle and bustle, and escape overnight in Durham Region! Recharge by spending the night in one of Durham’s registered bed and breakfast (B&B) establishments, each offering a unique experience for guests.

Whether you seek a secluded riverside cottage, a historic log cabin, or a romantic garden backdrop for stunning wedding or event photos, you’ll find what you’re looking for here in Durham.

Enjoy outdoor adventures and the charm of our local communities by day, exciting nightlife, and then retreat to your overnight destination. Wake up and enjoy delicious culinary delights–and do it all over again if you so desire! No matter what your itinerary holds, you can expect warm hospitality and family friendly fun during your Durham Region escape.

Check out the Durham Tourism Directory for a complete list of our local B&B establishments.

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Enjoy fall harvest at local farmers’ markets this October

Since the spring, residents and visitors have been enjoying the abundance of locally grown goods at farmers’ markets throughout Durham Region.

Now that the weather is cooling off, it doesn’t mean all markets have closed up shop. There are still several excellent farmers’ markets that will remain open to the public throughout the month of October, each displaying a variety of late harvest selections to purchase.

The Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters will also be hosting its annual Fall Farmers’ Market in the north parking lot at 605 Rossland Rd. E. in Whitby, on Oct. 6 – so be sure to mark your calendar!

For more information on seasonal availability and farm fresh products, visit the Durham Farm Fresh website.

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Farmers’ Markets in Durham Region:

Pickering City Centre Farmers’ Market
South Esplanade parking lot
Open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., until Oct. 4

Port Perry Farmers’ Market
Downtown Port Perry on the waterfront
Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Oct. 8

Oshawa Centre Farmers’ Market
Oshawa Centre north east parking lot
Open Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., until Oct. 21

Whitby Farmers’ Market
Old Fire Hall, Brock Street at Colborne Street
Open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., until Oct. 26

North Oshawa Farmers’ Market
Legends Centre parking lot
Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Oct. 29

Clarington Farmers’ Market
103 Caroline St., Newcastle, ON
Open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until Oct. 30

Uxbridge Farmers’ Market
Arena parking lot on Brock Street
Open Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until October 30


Pumpkins galore in Durham Region!

Break out the scarves and sweaters, because it’s officially fall in Durham Region! There is something extra special about crisp autumn air, hearty comfort food and colourful falling leaves that crunch delightfully under your boots. It’s a magical time of year, and our communities come alive with activities for the whole family to enjoy. One of the most thrilling activities for children of all ages is finding the perfect pumpkin! Local pumpkin patches like Knox, Pingle’s, Brooks, Watson and Coopers (to name a few!), provide endless fun, and acres of perfectly orange pumpkins ready to bring home and carve into front porch masterpieces. To plan your fun fall adventure, visit a farm near you! Also, be sure to check out the Durham Tourism events calendar for a list of events taking place in October.



Durham Tourism is excited to announce the launch of the new Fall for Durham website, in partnership with York Durham Headwaters!

Designed with family and adventure in mind, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to choose from a menu of fun, family friendly, fall weekend escapes, depending on their interests. Whether it is an outdoor adventure you seek, to entice your pallets with a weekend of culinary wonder, or to simply enjoy the arts and cultural charms of a small town — there is something for everyone to enjoy in Durham this fall!

The site will also feature a menu of fall-themed family day trips, making it easy to curate the perfect experience at the click of a button.

Be sure to visit the Fall for Durham website and share it with your friends!



Enjoy the breathtaking colours of autumn from the comforts of your seat on the York-Durham Heritage Railway!

The Oak Ridges Moraine is stunning this time of year, and what better way to experience it and take it all in than a relaxing fall colours train ride. Sit back and enjoy 90-minutes of beauty with your friends and family.

These trips take place throughout the first three weekends in October. During the Oct. 16 trip, passengers can enjoy a hot catered lunch in the dining car!

As the month goes on, this train turns into a Halloween delight, with Halloween trains departing the last two weekends. On board, children young and old will enjoy the festive décor and Halloween activities to get you in the spirit! Children 12 and under who come dressed in their best Halloween costume will travel for only $1! (Maximum two children per adult.)



Il Divo is coming to Durham Region! Touring to promote their seventh studio album Amor & Pasion, the talented group will be sharing their music with fans for one night only on Oct. 12, at the General Motors Centre.

With 12 new songs spanning a century of traditional tangos, smoldering boleros and classic mambas, audiences can look forward to an evening filled with flavour and sultry rhythms.

Tickets are available at the General Motors Centre Box Office, by phone or at



Historic Downtown Bowmanville will be the place to be on Oct. 15 for the annual AppleFest!

This tremendously popular street festival is the ultimate celebration of all things apple — our specialty here in Durham Region!

This free event is a showcase for our many local apple growers. In addition to freshly picked apples, you and the whole family will get to enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider, homemade pies and crisps, candy and caramel apples, cider doughnuts, famous hot apple fritters, and so much more!

Plus, live entertainment and plenty of children’s activities such as carnival rides, jumping castles, pony rides and more. AppleFest is a favourite family tradition you won’t want to miss!