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 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, or contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or



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.



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



Celebrate all things bacon on Aug. 27 at the 2016 Bacon, Beer and Cider Festival!

Enjoy a fun afternoon of food, drink, live music and of course-bacon! Craft breweries and cideries will be offering up samples of their refreshing wares, and food trucks and vendors will be offering up all things bacon as the perfect savoury drink companion!

Admission is $12. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, visit the event webpage. Please enjoy responsibly.



Sport Durham and Map Your City (MYC) are excited to announce a new interactive and engaging way to explore the Durham Waterfront Trail; a new interactive trail map and mobile app pilot project!

The trail map and mobile app both include trail access information, way-finding points, amenities and the many things to see and do along the trail and throughout Durham’s beautiful waterfront communities. All of the locations on the map tell stories about the Durham Waterfront Trail and have useful filters to help trail users plan their explorations.

The interactivity also means that anyone can add their own favourite places, share stories and read and comment on other trail users’ experiences. They can even share from MYC to social media!

We encourage you to check out the Durham Waterfront Trail map on the Map Your City Durham Waterfront Trail webpage where you will also find links to download the app for free on your Android or iOS devices. Also, have a look at this short video!



Want to get active for a good cause this month? Participate in a weekend of cycling with the United Way on Aug. 13 and 14.

The first event on Saturday, Aug. 13 is a more leisurely ride along the Durham Waterfront Trail, and is the perfect way to gear up for the Ride4UnitedWay on Sunday.

Sunday’s ride has a 60-, 100-and 160-kilometre course with $1,500 in cash prizes available. The courses encompass some of the more scenic and interesting routes in north Durham and include rolling hills and some steeper inclines.

For more information on both rides, visit the Bike Durham webpage.



The Ontario Lacrosse Festival is one of the marquee summer sport events in Durham Region. Returning for its 13th year, the festival is being held in arenas across five local area municipalities from July 29 to Aug. 7.

Approximately 560 teams, made up of 11,000 players and coaches will be participating. With an overall estimated attendance of 60,000, it’s the largest annual youth sport event in Canada!

For more information including venues and full tournament schedules, visit



Durham Region has a new way for people of all abilities to explore and enjoy the beauty of Lake Simcoe. The newly unveiled Beaverton Kayak Launch Dock is located at the Beaverton Harbour, and is open to people of all abilities.

This special launch dock will allow those with special needs to easily and safely access their paddle-craft. It will also be a great benefit to residents of all abilities who want a means of getting in and out of their kayak or canoe without having to wade into the water.

The dock includes a transfer bench that makes it easy to enter and exit the water and allows any kayaker, who uses a wheelchair, to get in and out of their craft on their own.

For more information, visit the Beaverton Kayak launch Facebook page.