Summer adventures in Durham Region

Now that summer is in full swing in Durham Region, the festival frenzy continues and outdoor activities are abound! July is brimming with opportunities for the whole family to enjoy some fun in the sun. The beginning of the month also means there are plenty of celebrations for Canada Day taking place throughout the region. For a complete list of events taking place this July, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.



Durham Tourism is thrilled to announce that the all-new 2016 Discovery Guide is now available in Mandarin! The guide provides Durham Region residents and visitors with an in-depth look at our exciting and unique tourism offerings.

It is available online and as a brochure, and features a calendar of events, as well as information on dining, arts and culture, heritage, shopping, outdoor adventures, accommodations and much more! To order your copy, click here.



The beginning of July is always marked by a long weekend filled with gatherings of friends and family to celebrate Canada Day. There are plenty of events happening throughout the region once again this year on July 1, and below is just a small sampling.

Ajax – Canada Day Celebrations

Brock – Beaverton Canada Day

Clarington – Celebrate Canada Day at Bowmanville Museum

Oshawa – Canada Day

Pickering – Canada Day Celebration

Scugog – Canada Day Celebration

Uxbridge – Canada Day at Elgin Park

Whitby – County Town Carnival

For a complete list, check out the Durham Tourism events calendar.



Attention all beer aficionados, the third-annual Durham Craft Beer Festival (DCBF) is coming to downtown Oshawa on July 9! Featuring a premier selection of Ontario Craft Brewers and Cideries, the DCBF is a celebration of local talent, ingredients and passion.

Exclusive VIP access starts at 11 a.m., with General Admission at 12:30 p.m. For more event information, and to purchase tickets, click here. Enjoy responsibly!



Looking for a fun activity for your kids this summer? Day Out With Thomas at the Uxbridge Train Station is taking place on select dates during August and offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Afterwards they can meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway!

The Imagination Station has lots of Thomas-themed activities, including face painting and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. The York-Durham Heritage Railway will also have live entertainment, a petting zoo, ride-on motorbike scooters, a hay maze, jumping castles and more. There will be food vendors on-site.

For more information on event dates, train departure times, and to purchase tickets, click here.



Looking for something to bark about to all of your dog-loving friends? Durham’s largest dog festival, the 14th-Annual Dog Days of Scugog returns on July 16 and 17 to Scugog Shores Museum! Celebrate the unique bond that exists between dogs and their people, visit local breeders and explore various vendors for unique gifts for your dog.

The free festival will also showcase a local food and beverage pavilion along with street vendors, kids activities, and so much more.

For more event information, click here.



Whitby Harbour Day takes place July 23 at the Port Whitby Marina, and is the perfect way to spend the day outdoors!

Whitby Harbour Day is a free, summer celebration of Whitby’s historic waterfront with fun for the whole family. The waterfront awaits visitors from Port Whitby Marina and Yacht Club to Rowe House, the Lions Promenade and the Waterfront Trail.

Enjoy free entertainment, activities, displays, food and beverages throughout the event. For more information, click here.



Attention golfers! As the heat of summer begins to reach its peak, it means that the hottest days of the golf season are upon us once again. Whether you’re looking for a casual round with friends, or a more competitive experience on one of several championship courses, you can’t go wrong at any of these clubs in Durham Region.

Check out the 2016 Discovery Guide for a complete listing of golf courses in Durham Region.



Calling all adrenaline junkies! Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year roars into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park from July 7 to 10.

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix features the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for exotic prototype and GT race cars, in their only Canadian stop, and a world-class field of drivers piloting the globe’s top car models.

For more event information, and to purchase tickets, click here.



When is the last time you let it all out and did something adventurous and fun? The 5K Foam Fest, taking place July 16 at Dagmar Ski Resort, is a one-of-a-kind event that promises to be just that!

The run is filled with obstacles-and of course, foam-to create a fun and exciting challenge for both experienced and beginner runners alike. Walk it, run it or “fun” it! This festival atmosphere offers activities and challenges for all ages.

For more event information, and to purchase tickets, click here.