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CELEBRATE BIKE MONTH

As if you needed another excuse to get outside and enjoy the summer weather, you can explore Durham Region’s scenic trails, rolling hills and tourist destinations on your bike this June for Bike Month, which continues until June 30!

Bike Month is a celebration of cycling in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with hundreds of community events taking place including rides, races, guided bike tours, festivals and more. Visit www.bikemonth.ca/durham for a full list of events taking place.

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ONTARIO LUMBERJACK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

Attention Lumberjacks and Lumberjills, the Ontario Lumberjack Championships are coming to Durham Region!

On Saturday, June 11, the Beaverton Fair Grounds in Brock will play host to the widely anticipated annual event, which sees the best competitors from across the province square off, and will also include food vendors, craft beer, a community village and much more for spectators to enjoy. Don’t miss out on one of summer’s hottest sporting events in Durham Region.

For more information on the event, and for a detailed competition schedule, click here.

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NOVA’S ARK WALK

Nova’s Ark will host its Sixth-Annual Friendship Walk on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grass Park in Brooklin! Join the three kilometre walk through the streets of Brooklin, led by Google the Camel.

Enjoy fun family activities including face painting, music by Workin’ Dawgs, a Starr Burger barbecue and interaction with some unique therapy animals.

Visit www.novasark.ca for more information.

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RACE TO THE FINISH

Looking to satisfy your need for speed this summer? Clarington has two races that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

Looking for the fastest entertainment in town? Check out the Canadian Historic Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park from June 17 to 19. The annual historic racing event features beautifully restored cars from more than 50 years of motorsports.

If you prefer to be a part of the action rather than a spectator, challenge yourself with the 2016 Spartan Race, taking place on July 2 and 3 at Brimacombe in Clarington. This is sure to be a challenge for any athlete, so get to the starting line and prove what you’re capable of.

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Summer in Durham Region

As summer arrives in Durham Region, the festival frenzy begins and it stretches all season long! There are many different types of festivals to attend throughout the summer months to help make the most of the sunshine and warm weather, and June is jam packed with activity for the whole family to kick it all off. For a more complete list of events taking place this June, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

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WHITBY BLUES FEST

Who knew singing the blues could be so much fun? On Saturday, June 25, the Whitby Blues Festival returns with music from Jack De Keyzer, Lindsay Borughton, Gone Fisson, Joel Johnson, Trac 4, and PRJ!

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

For more information about the participating artists, vendors, and other details, please visit www.whitbybluesfestival.com.

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DRAGON BOAT CHALLENGE

The 20th-annual Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge, taking place June 4, is Ontario’s premier competitive dragon boat festival of the racing season which showcases the world’s fastest dragon boat club crews.

The Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge will feature a wide variety of racing divisions including Sport Mixed, Recreation Mixed, University Mixed, Sport Women, Recreation Women, Sport Open (men) and Recreation Open (men).

For more event and registration information, including a full race schedule, click here.

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PEONY FESTIVAL

Looking to stop and smell the flowers this summer? On June 11 and 12, the City of Oshawa presents the 12th-annual Peony Festival, recently awarded as one of the top 100 events by Festivals and Events Ontario. Located in the heart of the beautiful Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens, this free event displays 300 types of peonies in the gardens, and hundreds more in the children’s arena.

Artisans, live music, food, gardening seminars, community displays and more are all part of this remarkable flower festival.

For more event information, click here.

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AJAX AMUSEMENT

June is jam packed with festivals and events in Ajax! Get outdoors on Ajax’s beautiful trails during Ajax Trailfest, or enjoy a wide range of family-friendly events for Ajax Home Week.

Get outdoors on June 12 with Ajax Trailfest! There are three different routes to choose from, including the 35 kilometre Ride With the Mayor. There will also be a free barbecue and give-aways throughout the day for anyone who registers. Registrants are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item. For more information on how to register, and for more event details, click here.

The 46th annual Ajax Home Week runs from June 12 to 19, with events happening all week. For more information and a full list of events, click here.

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Welcoming Special Olympians

We’re excited and proud to be hosting the Special Olympic Ontario Provincial School Championships in Durham Region later this week.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the call for volunteers. We appreciate you stepping up and being such good representatives for Durham Region.

More than 600 student athletes and coaches from across the province are travelling here to compete in basketball, bocce, floor hockey, soccer, and track and field. Games and events will be held at Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex and Legends Centre Arena.

At last count, about 80 schools have qualified to participate. Schools competing from Durham Region include: J. Clarke Richardson (Ajax); Brock High School (Cannington); Henry Street High School (Whitby) and Oshawa Central Collegiate. Good luck to them and all competitors.

You can catch the action and encourage these special student athletes from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, and again on Thursday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 in the main gym of Durham College. The opening ceremonies will also be livestreamed courtesy of Rogers TV.

Get more championships details at http://fourcorners.specialolympicsontario.ca. Watch for our posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

– Don Terry, Sport Durham Advisory Committee Chair