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Sip on and soak up the summer in Durham Region

Picture this. It’s a hot summer day and you’re out on the patio, a cold beer in hand from the local craft brewery and surrounded by the laughter of your best friends. You think to yourself, does it get any better than this?

As the steamy summer weather presses on, it’s important to remember to take it easy and enjoy the simple things that make us happy right in our own backyards. Craft brewing has become popular here in Durham Region, with our incredible breweries each offering up something unique and special.

If you’re looking to get out and about, enjoy an afternoon visiting one or several of the breweries listed below. You’ll be welcomed by friendly staff with enthusiastic knowledge about the signature beers on tap. Check it out for a tasting, or stick around for a while to enjoy some grub and soak up the atmosphere. Curious to see how it all works? Most breweries offer tours for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the craft brewing process.

Please enjoy responsibly!

Breweries to visit:

Old Flame Brewing Company
135 Perry St., Port Perry

Second Wedge Brewing Company
14 Victoria St., Uxbridge

Manantler Craft Brewing Company
182 Wellington St., Bowmanville

5 Paddles Brewing Company
1390Hopkins St. Unit 3, Whitby

Brock Street Brewing Company
1501 Hopkins St., Whitby

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!

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Experience the rush of cycling in Durham Region!

People come from all over to experience the rush of cycling in Durham Region.

With sprawling wide-open spaces – from the Waterfront Trail to the Oak Ridges Moraine – Durham boasts some of the most awe-inspiring countryside in Ontario! Enjoy what Durham has to offer via bicycle – while enjoying a beautiful summer day with family and friends. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, have been cycling for years, or if you prefer road cycling or mountain biking, exploring Durham by bicycle is one sensational experience!

If you are a more experienced cyclist and are looking for a charming new route to explore, check out the Durham Cycle Tours map. It outlines 10 distinct routes that will guide you through a variety of urban and rural areas, and points out cycle-specific services along the way.

Also, be sure to visit Ontario By Bike – another excellent resource highlighting a variety of places to explore in Durham. The site includes a list of certified bicycle-friendly businesses you can visit and enjoy while cycling throughout the region.

Visit Cycle Durham for information about safety and more.

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more ideas on how you can explore Durham!

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Durham Tourism invites the local creative community to register events for Culture Days 2016

Durham Tourism is inviting area municipalities, event producers, and arts and heritage organizations to celebrate arts and culture in Durham Region during Culture Days, which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

Now in its seventh year, Culture Days invites the public to explore, participate and share in vibrant arts and culture events in every community across the country. In 2015, Culture Days took place coast to coast in more than 900 Canadian communities, with total attendance topping two million. An astounding 7,500 free activities were presented across the country, proving Culture Days as a creative showcase now firmly entrenched in the national cultural calendar.

Culture Days events are free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes” and discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers at work in their communities. Last year, events in Durham Region included studio tours and open houses, art exhibitions, heritage tours, concerts, performances, dance workshops, craft sessions, storytelling, martial arts and more.

Durham Tourism is requesting that all interested participants register their Culture Days events online as soon as possible, via the Durham Tourism and Culture Days websites. By registering an event on www.durhamtourism.ca and www.culturedays.ca, organizers will be part of both local and national marketing campaigns where events will be promoted in the media.

For more information, contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

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Tickets are now on sale for the Durham Region Film Festival

Durham Region residents and visitors are reminded that the second-annual Durham Region Film Festival is quickly approaching and that festival passes and tickets are currently on sale through the Regent Theatre Box Office.

WHEN:

Tickets are now on sale. The festival will run from Sept. 16 to 18, 2016.

WHERE:

The Durham Region Film Festival will take place at four locations in Durham—the Regent Theatre and Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, the Docville movie set in Clarington, and the historic St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts and Culture in Ajax.

WHY:

The three-day festival aims to bring the magic of film on-screen and behind-the-scenes to local residents and visitors with an exciting line-up of films, a series of informative filmmaking workshops, and interactive activities.

NOTE:

More than 400 films were submitted to the 2016 Durham Region Film Festival. The 53 officially selected films to be screened are from 18 countries from all over the world. Seven of these are from Durham Region and 11 are from other areas in Canada.

For more information about the Durham Region Film Festival programming, and to purchase festival tickets, please visit www.investdurham.ca/filmfestival.

Blueberry Season

Pick your own sweet blueberries all month long in Durham Region!

Sweet, juicy and perfect for picking! During the month of August, blueberries are bountiful and in their peak, continuing to ripen as the month goes on. What better way to enjoy the beautiful summer sun than heading out to a local patch with family and friends to pick your own!

Wilmot Orchards in Newcastle has not one, but two pick-your-own patches offering nine different varieties of blueberries to enjoy. If you would like to make your own signature jam or sauce, your first homemade pie, or simply want to gather as many delicious berries as you can fit in your container, this is the place to visit. Their website also includes a section dedicated to some decadent blueberry recipes like coffee cake, sorbet and meat sauces.

Don’t have time to go out and pick your own? You can always pop in for a quick visit to the orchard and pick up a container of pre-picked blueberries.

Be sure to visit Wilmot Orchards online for specific hours of operation and to learn about the different varieties of blueberries available throughout the season.

Pick your own:
Wilmot Orchards Inc.
3337 Concession Rd. #3, Newcastle

You can also visit the Durham Farm Fresh website to learn more about our local producers or to view the Durham Farm Fresh brochure.

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!

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We are Team Canada at Rio Olympic Games

We are Team Canada at Rio Olympic Games

Over the next couple of weeks, we hope to hear our national anthem played at the Rio Olympic Games over and over again. And we hope to see it sung with glowing hearts by some of the 12 competitors from right here in Durham Region.

We’re so proud and inspired by our hometown Team Canada members. We admire your passion, commitment, and capabilities. We appreciate everything it has taken and everyone who has supported you in reaching the Olympic Games. We hope you excel, but mostly, we hope you enjoy the experience. You’ve certainly earned it!

Here is the competition schedule (all Eastern Time) for our Durham Region athletes:

Allysha Chapman (Courtice)
Nichelle Prince (Ajax)
Kailen Sheridan (Whitby)
Football
Canada vs. Australia, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m.
Canada vs. Zimbabwe, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m.
Canada vs. Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 3 p.m.
Quarters, Friday, Aug. 12
Semis, Tuesday, Aug. 16
Bronze medal game, Friday, Aug. 19, Noon.
Gold medal game, Friday, Aug. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Keegan Pereira (Ajax)
Field Hockey
Canada vs. Germany, Saturday, Aug. 6, 5 p.m.
Canada vs. Argentina, Monday, Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.
Canada vs. Holland, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 12:30 p.m.
Canada vs. Ireland, Thursday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m.
Canada vs. India, Friday, Aug. 12, 11:30 a.m.
Quarters, Sunday. Aug. 14
Semis, Tuesday, Aug. 16
Bronze medal game, Thursday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.
Gold medal game, Thursday, Aug. 18, 4 p.m.

Sara Kaljuvee, Ajax
Women’s Rugby Sevens
Canada vs. Japan, Saturday, Aug. 6, 11:30 a.m.
Canada vs. Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 4:30 p.m.
Canada vs. Great Britain, Sunday, Aug. 7, 11:30 a.m.
Quarters, Sunday, Aug. 7
Semis, Sunday, Aug. 7
Finals, Monday, Aug. 8

Jessica Phoenix (Uxbridge)
Equestrian – Eventing
Dressage, Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7
Cross-Country, Monday, Aug. 8
Jumping, Tuesday, Aug. 9

Brenda Bowskill (Whitby)
Sailing – Laser radial
Preliminaries, Monday, Aug. 8 to Saturday, Aug. 13
Medal Race, Monday, Aug. 15

Kelita Zupancic, (Whitby)
Judo – 70kg women’s division
Wednesday, Aug. 10
Round of 32, 8 a.m.
Round of 16, 9:08 a.m.
Quarters, 9:40 a.m.
Semis, 1:50 p.m.
Gold medal, 3 p.m.

Matt Hughes (Oshawa)
3000m steeplechase
Round 1, Monday, Aug. 15, 9:25 a.m.
Finals, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 p.m.

Chanice Taylor-Chase (Ajax)
400m hurdles and 4x400m relay
Hurdles, Round 1, Monday, Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.
Hurdles, Semis, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 8:10 p.m.
Hurdles, Finals, Thursday, Aug. 18, 9:15 p.m.
Relay, Round 1, Friday, Aug. 19, 7:40 p.m.
Relay, Finals, Saturday, Aug. 20, 9 p.m.

Nikkita Holder (Pickering)
100m hurdles
Round 1, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 10:05 a.m.
Semis, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 7:45 p.m.
Finals, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9:55 p.m.

Emily Batty (Brooklin)
Cross country mountain bike
Saturday, Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m.

We will be rooting for Andre De Grasse too. He started his track career at Speed Academy Athletics Club in Pickering and trained here again recently with his first coach, Tony Sharpe, at the Pickering Soccer Centre.

Here is Andre’s competition schedule:
4x100m relay, 200m, and 100m
Relay, Round 1, Thursday, Aug. 18, 10:40 a.m.
Relay, Final, Friday, Aug. 19, 9:35 p.m.
200m, Round 1, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 10:50 a.m.
200m, Semis, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9 p.m.
200m, Finals, Thursday, Aug. 18, 9:30 p.m.
100m, Preliminaries, Saturday, Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.
100m, Round 1, Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m.
100m, Semis, Sunday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.
100m, Finals, Sunday, Aug.14, 9:30 p.m.

Canada’s youngest male athlete at these Olympic Games is 18-year-old Javier Acevedo, who began his swimming career in Ajax. So, of course, we will also be cheering for Javier.

Here is Javier’s competition schedule:
100m backstroke
Round 1, Sunday, Aug. 7, 1:25 p.m.
Semis, Sunday, Aug. 7, 10:12 p.m.
Finals, Monday, Aug. 8, 9:38 p.m.

If you miss one of the events listed above, we will be posting results on Twitter and Facebook.

Let’s go Durham! We are Team Canada!

Pictured above: Brenda Bowskill

– Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair

Lacrosse

Largest youth lacrosse event is here

Next week is the most wonderful time of the year for lacrosse fans here in Durham Region.

The Ontario Lacrosse Festival runs for 10 days with 557 teams and more than 11,000 athletes competing for 44 provincial and national lacrosse championships.

That’s a lot of lax!

In fact, it’s the largest youth lacrosse event in North America.

But you don’t have to be fan of lacrosse to be a fan of the Ontario Lacrosse Festival. The event attracts about 60,000 spectators and boosts local spending by an estimated $5.5 million. That’s great news for our businesses and residents, too.

Games run from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, Aug. 7. They will be held in six arenas in five Durham Region communities, including:

In addition to the indoor tournament competition, an outdoor Festival Fun Zone is set up at Iroquois Park. The festival involves everyone in the family so sponsors and exhibitors provide unique, engaging and experiential opportunities for everyone.

Thank you and good luck to everyone involved with hosting the Ontario Lacrosse Festival. And best wishes with scoring success and great memories for all participants.

– Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair

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Registration made easy for Culture Days 2016

To register your activity, visit the Culture Days website at www.culturedays.ca. There, you will also find a wealth of free tips and tools, including a detailed participation guide, to help you shape, stage and promote your activity. Other useful free resources available to support your successful Culture Days experience include:

  • Downloadable marketing resources, including the Culture Days logo, customizable posters, web banners, video bumpers, e-flyer, helpful infographics and more.
  • A sponsorship marketing whitepaper and webinar recording to help you develop support for your Culture Days activity and artistic pursuits throughout the year!
  • A DIY Guide to PR with useful tips on how to publicize and promote your event and guidelines for communicating with members of the media and others in a position to support your Culture Days event.
  • Contact information for regional representatives.
  • A host of other tips and resources!*

The seventh edition of Culture Days (taking place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016) will surely be bigger and better than ever! For more information on registering your event, visit www.culturedays.ca, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

*Source: www.culturedays.ca

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The taste of summer in Durham Region

The best way to beat the heat of summer in Durham Region is always with cool experiences, and August is filled with them! The festival frenzy turns tasty this month with several food festivals popping up throughout the region, while outdoor activities continue to flourish. Attend a food festival, cycle along the waterfront, or even spectate an adrenaline-filled superbike race. These are just some of the ways to make the most of August. For a complete list of events taking place this month, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

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TASTE AJAX

Looking to tantalize your taste buds? Well look no further, because Taste Ajax is returning for its third year on Aug. 13! The annual food event is a culinary experience for the whole family. Food trucks from all over the GTA arrive at Rotary Park, giving attendees the opportunity to savour unique flavours and creations from these mobile master chefs!

Local craft breweries are on site to quench your thirst. Other activities and attractions include live entertainment, some children’s activities, and local artisan displays.

For more information please visit www.tasteajax.com.