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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

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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.

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FALL FOR DURHAM WEBSITE

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!

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FALL COLOURS AND HALLOWEEN TRAINS

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.)

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IL DIVO LIVE!

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 www.generalmotorscentre.com.

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APPLEFEST

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!

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CANNINGTON HAUNTED TRAIL AND MAZE

If you’re looking for a frightfully fun haunt this Halloween season, head to the Cannington Haunted Trail and Maze in MacLeod Park — if you dare!

On Oct. 28 and 29, your spine will tingle as you wander along the popular Haunted Trail. Be prepared to scream your way through the darkness in the intense Manic Maze, and bring your courage because there will be new scenes and scares around every corner!

Note: this event is not recommended for children under eight years old.

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OVERDRIVE RACE AND RELAY SERIES

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to race a bicycle around the track and trails at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park? Now is your chance!

This year marks the second year of the Overdrive Race and Relay Series taking place Oct. 30. Participants will have the opportunity to mountain bike, trail run, road cycle, road run, recumbent bike and even duathlon!

A vendor expo will also be held in the event centre on Oct. 29 from noon to 4 p.m., and will include race registration, volunteer orientation, training and food!

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Plan an adventure on the Durham Region Waterfront Trail

Have you had an opportunity to check out the Map Your City (MYC) Durham Waterfront Trail lab? This online map and mobile app showcases the Durham section of the Waterfront Trail, and provides residents and visitors with a truly interactive experience like no other.

Trail explorers have been enjoying this exciting map and app for a few weeks now, using it for pre-trip planning, to guide explorations and share experiences while travelling along the stunning Durham Region Waterfront Trail!

This online, interactive map and mobile app project is a work in progress! It relies on feedback from users to enhance content and add new locations. If you haven’t explored the map already, be sure to do so and let us know what you think!

If you map your location between now and October, you will be eligible to win some excellent prizes such as a GoPro camera and a Fitbit!

For more information, or to provide feedback, contact Sport Tourism Coordinator, Lori Talling.

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