Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year! Durham Tourism is wishing you health, happiness and plenty of adventure in 2017. There is no need to stay in and hibernate during the winter months here in Durham Region. From skiing, to curling, to ice-fishing and more, there are so many fun-filled activities to enjoy right here in our own snow-covered backyard. Grab your mittens and read on to find out what’s happening in your community this month. To get to know all of the family friendly events taking place in Durham Region this January, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

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Winter in Durham

Durham Tourism is excited to announce the Jan. 2 launch of the new Winter in Durham website, in partnership with York Durham Headwaters.

Designed with winter adventure in mind, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to choose from an enticing menu of fun, family friendly, winter weekend escapes, tailored to please a variety of interests.

Whether it is an extreme outdoor adventure you seek, to treat your palate to a weekend of culinary exploration, or to simply enjoy the cultural charms of a unique community — there is something for everyone to enjoy in Durham this winter!

The site will feature a menu of winter-themed weekend escapes, making it easy to curate the perfect family experience at the click of a button.

Be sure to visit the Winter in Durham website and share it with your friends!

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Adventures in the snow

Time to get out and hit the slopes! The winter months provide endless outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Whether you are an avid skier or snowboarder, or are looking to try it for the first time, Durham Region offers world-class hills and terrain to suit all downhill and cross-country skill levels. Be sure to give tubing a try too, it’s a wildly fun activity for people of all ages to enjoy!

Check out Brimacombe, Dagmar, Lakeridge or Skyloft ski resorts for info.

Resolution Run

Resolution Run

Start the New Year off on the right foot by participating in the 32nd-annual Resolution Run!

If establishing or maintaining an active lifestyle is one of your resolutions this year, why not start right away with a five-kilometre run, or two-kilometre walk, on Jan. 1.

This event is presented by The Running Room, and is taking place throughout Durham Region.

Register in person on the day of the event.

Dvorak Cello Concert

Dvorak Cello Concerto

The Ontario Philharmonic is thrilled to present the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the incomparable William Molina-Cestari!

Classical music lovers will appreciate the world-renowned sound featured in this symphonic extravaganza.

The audience will also be treated to the Canadian 150 Mosaic Series launch — in collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)! This fanfare piece will debut right here in Durham Region, before making its way to audiences in Toronto.

You won’t want to miss this extraordinary evening of music, taking place Jan. 28 at 8 p.m., at UOIT’s Regent Theatre in Oshawa.

Tickets are available for purchase online.

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You’re a Hurdler, You Just Don’t Know It

World Champion and Olympic hurdler turned sport broadcaster Perdita Felicien told attendees of the Sport Durham Convergence, “You’re a hurdler, you just don’t know it.”

Working on a book about her life on and off the track, says Perdita, has allowed her to revisit the number of hurdles she and her Mom cleared as she grew up in Oshawa and then Pickering. Perdita says she will never forget the support she received from the Durham community that she is always proud to represent.

“What an honour to share with the community that helped make my dreams possible!” says Perdita. “An absolute joy.”

It was an elementary school teacher, Susan Arthurs, who first noticed Perdita’s potential after she was the only student at her school to earn the Award of Excellence for her Canadian Fitness Test results. Arthurs encouraged Perdita to join the school track and field team the next spring and she was off and running.

After 16 years of competing and broadcasting sport events around the world, Perdita had some valuable perspectives to share on being the best host community. “Make sure your event is athlete centred,” says Perdita. She spoke of the memorable impact of volunteers waving Canadian flags greeting her as she arrived at an airport before competing and finding that her World Championship gold medal had her name and time engraved on its backside.

Other speakers included Cheryl Finn (Director of Sport Tourism for Tourism London and Chair of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance) and Blair McIntosh (Vice-President, Sport at Special Olympics Canada) through the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. They shared sport tourism best and worst practices.

The event held at the Tribute Communities Centre featured an interactive panel discussion on Becoming a Winning Sport Event Host Community, with guests Bryan Crawford (Senior Director, Operations at Canada Basketball), Ryan Albright (Senior Coordinator, Games Unit, Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Division at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport), and Kyle Pelly (Executive Director at Ontario Blind Sports Association).

This event is hosted by Sport Durham as a focused opportunity to share, grow partnerships, and collaborate to advance sport tourism in Durham Region.

And Sport Durham has had some wins, according to Lori Talling, Sport Tourism Coordinator. “In the past year, we’ve hosted the Special Olympics Provincial High School Championships, Spartan Race, Canadian High School Ultimate Championships, Filipino Basketball Association of North American Championships, Canadian Collegiate Softball Association National Championship, and Ontario Lacrosse Festival to name but a few of the events held here in Durham Region.”

To find out more about Sport Durham, please visit www.sportdurham.ca. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Welcoming the Holidays

Welcoming the holidays

Our spirits are warm as we celebrate the arrival of the holiday season in Durham Region. December is brimming with delightful activities for the whole family to enjoy, whether you’re craving some culture and tradition, live music or an exciting outdoor adventure. Cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa, and read on to find out what’s happening in your community this holiday season. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out a local parade, there are more Santa Claus parades to experience this month in Courtice, Port Perry, Sunderland and Whitby, as well as the T.H.E.E. Tractor Parade in Clarington! To see all of the family friendly events taking place in Durham Region this month, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

Holiday shopping

Holiday shopping

Surprise the ones you love most this holiday season with the perfect gifts.

Durham Region is home to many charming boutiques and several shopping malls, which come alive with holiday spirit this time of year.

With unique gems at every twist and turn, you will be sure to find that special something for each person on your list, from the craft enthusiast, to the home cook, to the one who has everything!

Ring in the New Year

Ring in the New Year

Out with the old, and in with the New Year!

This has certainly been a year to remember, but come Dec. 31, Durham Region will be ready to celebrate new beginnings as we ring in 2017.

Enjoy family friendly fun, live entertainment, interactive experiences, ice skating, and so much more as we welcome a brand new year.

Visit the Durham Tourism events calendar to find celebrations near you.