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Discover local history and explore our heritage

Take a step back in time for the day and relive history by walking around Durham Region’s vast estates, or taking a ride along a heritage railway.

Experience both Durham and Canadian heritage by visiting our local museums found across the region. See everything from historic architecture and war museums, to industrial revolution and wartime artifacts. Make Durham Region’s history a part of yours and start planning your heritage tour today!

For more information on what to see and do in Durham Region, order a copy of our 2016 Discovery Guide by telephone at 1-800-413-0017 or email at tourism@durham.ca. You can also view and order the Discovery Guide by visiting our Travel Guides webpage.

*Photo taken at Parkwood Estate in Oshawa.

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Celebrate artistic expression in Durham Region

From our unique downtown galleries and private studios, to art in the park and live performances—each experience is distinctly different, making creativity a part of Durham Region’s ever-evolving culture.

When you visit, you will be amazed at the way art moves throughout the communities. Our art scene has something to inspire enthusiasts of all ages and tastes. Take a look around with open eyes and an open mind, and let our creative spirit draw you in.

For more information on what to see and do in Durham Region, order a copy of our 2016 Discovery Guide by telephone at 1-800-413-0017 or email at tourism@durham.ca. You can also view and order the Discovery Guide by visiting our Travel Guides webpage.

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Come and enjoy some fun on the farm

Steps away from Durham Region’s urban centres are incredible farms that are known for producing fresh, tasty and abundant produce.

It is such a satisfying experience to create a complete meal with local flavours and produce from start to finish. It’s even more satisfying to be able to pick those local flavours with your own hands, creating lifelong, farm-to-fork memories with your family, while supporting local farmers.

Durham Region celebrates agriculture year-round, and we thrive during harvest season. We are known for amazing pumpkin patches, wide varieties of produce, and the opportunity to bring your family and pick your own fruits.

When you visit, remember to stop in for some fun on the farm, meet a local farmer and enjoy our homegrown food!

Check out the Durham Farm Fresh Marketing Association to see what’s in season, as well as a list of local farms and farmers’ markets located throughout the region.

For more information on what to see and do in Durham Region, order a copy of our 2016 Discovery Guide by telephone at 1-800-413-0017 or email at tourism@durham.ca. You can also view and order the Discovery Guide by visiting our Travel Guides webpage.

*Photo taken at Watson Farms in Bowmanville.

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Not your daddy’s Frisbee

My Frisbee skills on the beach have never been that great. So, I was really impressed when I saw the skills exhibited by a couple of Durham Region players during a recent Toronto Rush Ultimate game.

Geoffery Powell (Bowmanville) and Jay Boychuk (Pickering) are both cutters on the Rush roster. And there may be more Durham Region players headed to the professional Ultimate ranks. Hundreds of local elementary school and high school students now compete in Durham Elementary Athletics Association (DEAA) and Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics (LOSSA).

You can see some of those players competing in the Canadian High School Ultimate Championships this coming weekend at the Oshawa Civic Fields. There are three Durham Region-based teams in the tourney, featuring 16 of the best teams from across Canada (Port Perry Rebels, Bowmanville Talons and Durham United).

Whether you’re a long-time fan or you’ve never seen an Ultimate game before, take advantage of this opportunity to see some of our best young talent showcased right here in our backyard. The games are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. You can also catch livestreaming of games at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, as well as 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

If you really like what you see, you may want to join one of the leagues operated by the Durham Ultimate Club. As for me, I should probably work on honing my beach skills before venturing onto an Ultimate field of play.

– Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair

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Explore Durham Region’s diverse dining experiences

Seasoned chefs are serving up their finest food in a wide variety of welcoming restaurants throughout Durham Region.

Enjoy a luxurious fine dining experience, explore our diverse bistro and café culture, or immerse yourself in one of our many multicultural food festivals, which include food trucks, live entertainment and so much more. With so many delicious dining experiences to be discovered, flavour is something we love to celebrate throughout the region!

For more information on what to see and do in Durham Region, order a copy of our 2016 Discovery Guide by telephone at 1-800-413-0017 or email at tourism@durham.ca. You can also view and order the Discovery Guide by visiting our Travel Guides webpage.

*Photo taken at Urban Pantry in Uxbridge.

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Let the good times roll on the greens

You don’t need to take a long drive to find the rolling greens in Durham Region. Our wide-open spaces create the perfect environment for many world-class golf courses and exceptional golfing experiences.

Whether you’re looking for a quick and casual round with friends, or a more competitive experience on one of our championship courses, you can’t miss at any of the clubs in Durham Region!

For a complete list of courses and more information on what to see and do in Durham Region, order a copy of our 2016 Discovery Guide by telephone at 1-800-413-0017 or email at tourism@durham.ca. You can also view and order the Discovery Guide by visiting our Travel Guides webpage.

*Photo taken at Royal Ashburn Golf Club in Whitby.

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Welcome to Durham Region!

Less than an hour’s drive from Toronto, there is plenty of urban buzz and small-town charm waiting to be explored in Durham Region.

Whether you’re planning a family adventure, weekend escape, or visiting for the first time, we welcome you to experience Durham Region’s star attractions, creative hubs and so much more.

Durham is full of activities and events year-round, no matter the season. From maple syrup festivals in the spring and live music and food festivals in the summer, to fall fairs, and snow sports and ice fishing in the winter, the perfect authentic adventure is waiting for you.

For more information on what to see and do in Durham Region, order a copy of our 2016 Discovery Guide by telephone at 1-800-413-0017 or email at tourism@durham.ca. You can also view and order the Discovery Guide by visiting our Travel Guides webpage.

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GGGGOOOOAAAALLLL!

With the weather turning warmer (well for the most part), it feels like spring has finally arrived. Around our house that has long meant trading blades for cleats, foul-smelling hockey equipment for even-worse smelling lacrosse gear, and volleyballs for baseballs and soccer balls.

Soccer is one of the more popular sports here in Durham Region and around the world. It’s a sport that is accessible for people of all backgrounds and abilities. We’re proud of programs in Durham Region, like the Pickering Soccer Club’s “All Abilities” program for children and youth and the Oshawa Kicks “All Abilities” league for children, youth and adults, that offer individuals with intellectual or physical abilities an opportunity to learn and play soccer.

Thousands upon thousands of soccer games will be played on hundreds of pitches across our region this summer, from house league to rep to semi-pro. And it seems as if there will be tournaments played on just about every weekend too.

One of the biggest soccer tournaments in Durham Region kicks off (pun intended) in Oshawa this weekend. Oshawa Kicks will host 155 girls’ soccer teams for the 14th annual Frank Sobil Spring Classic from May 7 to 8. Then, 233 boys’ soccer teams will compete from May 14 to 15.

The soccer players are not the only ones scoring during this huge tournament. The boost to local spending is significant. If you’re part of a local business and you see a customer in out-of-town soccer paraphernalia, please welcome them to Durham Region and ask how their team is doing.

Thank you to the organizers, officials, and volunteers of the Frank Sobil Spring Classic. Thank you also to everyone involved with all the other soccer tournaments and leagues this season in Durham Region. And good luck to all the players. Have fun.

– Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair

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Mother’s Day memories that will last a lifetime

Although it’s known that Mother’s Day is every day, make sure to celebrate mom and show her how special she is to you and your family on Sunday, May 8.

Check out our 10 ideas to help you plan a wonderful Mother’s Day in Durham Region that she won’t forget!

  1. Enjoy a lovely meal at a local café or restaurant. Check out our Tourism Directory for a variety of options.
  2. Visit a local craft brewery or winery.
  3. Purchase some baked goods from local bakeries, or a local gourmet chocolate
    shop, such as Williams Chocolate, Isabella’s or The Nutty Chocolatier.
  4. Venture out on the greens for a round of golf. View our 2016 Discovery Guide for a listing of local golf courses.
  5. Head out for walk, hike, or bike ride on local trails. View the Durham Trails Guide to plan your route.
  6. Spend the afternoon at a local art gallery.
  7. Pick up a bouquet of flowers, or have some delivered, from a local flower shop.
  8. Buy a special piece of jewellery, and have it engraved, at a local jewellery store.
  9. Pick up some gift certificates for a day at a local spa or weekend getaway to a local bed and breakfast establishment.
  10. Go on a mini-shopping spree at the many unique shops in Durham Region’s historic downtown areas. The Oshawa Centre and Pickering Town Centre also have lots of great retail stores for you browse.

Have any Durham Region locations to add? Leave us a comment below! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more ideas on how you can explore Durham!

*Photo taken at Nice Bistro in Whitby.