Snow has started to fly on the hills, so get out and hit the slopes! The winter months provide outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you are an avid skier or snowboarder, or are looking to try it for the first time, Durham Region offers world-class hills and terrain to suit all downhill and cross-country skill levels. Check out Brimacombe, Dagmar, Lakeridge or Skyloft ski resorts for info.
Cheer on top dog sledding teams from across North America and the USA, as they take on the spectacular Durham trails! The 11th annual Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival is taking place Jan. 24 and 25! This event also provides a fun-filled weekend of outdoor activities, teepees, Aboriginal dance performances, ice sculpturing, and heritage and pioneer re-enactors.
Fine art is celebrated in Durham Region, and can be found at every twist and turn. When you want to explore local culture and creative spirit-but also keep warm!-visit our many unique galleries for a fulfilling indoor escape. The thriving art scene in Durham has something to inspire enthusiasts of all ages and tastes, so plan your visit today!
Durham Region is truly a fisherman’s paradise, even in the winter! Enjoy the great outdoors and experience world-class ice fishing on lakes Simcoe and Scugog. If the conditions are just right (call ahead to be sure), you can enjoy ice fishing until mid-March! Bundle up the family and get out on the frozen lake for an enjoyable and unique Canadian experience. Learn more about provincial fishing rules and regulations, and view the Durham Region Fishing Map (PDF) online for more information.
Pickering Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee
Pickering Civic Complex, Council Chambers
New Year’s Levee
Oshawa City Hall, Council Chambers
Jan. 7 to 21
County Town Singers Auditions
Simcoe Street United Church, Oshawa
Cinechats Film Festival
Durham College/UOIT Campus, Oshawa
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Afghan/South Asian Social Club Day
Ajax Public Library (Main Branch)
OPG Second Sundays
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Jan. 16 to 18
Pickering Swim Club Winterfest Swim Meet
Pickering Recreation Complex
Clarington Beech Centre, Bowmanville
Jan. 24 and 25
11th Annual Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Carnival
MacLeod Park, Cannington
Ontario Philharmonic presents Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Schubert’s “Great”
Regent Theatre, Oshawa
The Acoustical Sounds of BIG SUGAR
St. Francis Centre, Ajax
Get your copy of the new 2015 Discovery Guide this month! This guide provides Durham Region residents and visitors with a first-hand look at our many one-of-a-kind tourist offerings. The guide will be available online and in hard copy, and will feature a calendar of events and tourist map, as well as information on accommodations, local eats, family fun, entertainment, outdoor adventures, sports and recreation, art, music, heritage and more!
Though the weather outside is getting frightful, our hearts are warm as we celebrate the arrival of the holiday season in Durham Region. December is filled with delightful activities for the whole family to enjoy, whether you’re craving some culture and tradition, or an exciting outdoor adventure. Grab a glass of eggnog, and read on to find out what’s happening in your community. To see all of the family friendly events taking place in Durham Region this month, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.
It was a spectacular night on Nov. 27, when Durham Region’s most inspiring creative leaders were celebrated at the fifth annual Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards (DATCA). Learn more about the award recipients and other highlights from the awards ceremony held at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby.
Start your holiday season with some Christmas Moonlight Magic! On Dec. 5, enjoy live entertainment, singing Christmas carols and the lighting of the Christmas tree in historic downtown Bowmanville. This magical night includes: horse-drawn wagon rides, hot drinks and Christmas goodies in local stores, the musical sounds of the Olde Fashioned Carollers, visits with Santa and his elves, and more! For other tree lighting events, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.
A favourite holiday tradition! Few memories are as special as hunting for the perfect tree with the family at a local farm. Durham Farm Fresh farms invite you to go out in the field and cut your own, or shop through the rows of pre-cut selections until you find the perfect tree for your home.