A message from Durham Tourism KERRI KING
How will you explore Durham Region this summer?
If you’re like me, you’ll take your family to the trails and discover Durham on two wheels.
Did you know more than 350 kilometres of recreational trails intertwine throughout our region? From waterfront paths to the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Durham abounds with excellent cycling routes. The trails will take you through a variety of landscapes and allow you to take in urban cities, small hamlets, conservation areas and lush forests, all while experiencing the region’s bountiful beauty. To order a Durham Region Trails guide, visit www.durhamtourism.ca.
Our province also boasts a wide variety of cycling opportunities, including a breathtaking path along the Waterfront Trail. This route connects 900 kilometres of scenic shorelines along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. From peaceful countryside to big cities, this trail links different communities and habitats together, creating a great, diverse ride for the whole family. Visit www.waterfrontrail.org.
Each day, about one million car trips are made both to and from Durham Region. As a result, roads can become congested, especially during peak travel periods. Why not leave the gridlock behind and get in gear? Providing more than just recreation, cycling to work can be a fun commuting option and a viable transportation alternative for many of us. Smart Commute Durham offers a number of resources for cyclists, as well as for organizations that employ 50 or more individuals. Visit www.smartcommutedurham.ca.
I’m always looking to support a good cause and each year the Ride 4 United Way provides a day full of fun, positive energy, with great music and food. Taking place this year on Aug. 28, and venturing through Oshawa, Clarington and Scugog, this charity ride provides three distance routes for avid cyclists, as well as a shorter community path. If you’re interested in being part of a large group of cyclists who ride for a reason, this event is for you. Visit www.ride4unitedway.com.
If you’re searching for bicycle-friendly places to eat, visit and sleep along your adventures, new networks such as Welcome Cyclists can assist. This program promotes bicycle-friendly businesses across Ontario, including establishments right here in Durham Region. Join the network for access to even more cycling routes, guides and transportation options. Visit www.welcomecyclists.ca.
This season, enjoy active, healthy living and get the most out of summer. See you on the trail.
Kerri King Tourism Manager The Regional Municipality of Durham Economic Development and Tourism 605 Rossland Road East Level 5 PO Box 623 Whitby, ON L1N 6A3
Direct Line: 905.668.4113 ext. 2606 Fax: 905.666.6228 Toll Free: 800.413.0017