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Walking in a winter wonderland

Now that we have finally received some shimmering snow across the region, we’re able to venture into the great outdoors to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery. Bundle up the kids for a hike, take your dog for a walk, or go for a romantic seasonal stroll on the many trails found throughout Durham Region.

Check out the links below, as well as the Durham Region Trails Guide and Interactive Trails Map, to start planning your adventure!

City of Oshawa

 City of Pickering

Municipality of Clarington

Town of Ajax

Town of Whitby

Township of Brock

Township of Scugog

Township of Uxbridge—The Trail Capital of Canada

Various Areas

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Looking for a winter thrill? Get out on the hill!

The snow has finally arrived in Durham Region! We’re really looking forward to spending time at the local ski resorts, and taking advantage of the fresh powder!

Durham Region has many world-class hills and runs for all skill levels at Brimacombe, Dagmar Resort, Lakeridge Resort and Skyloft Resort.

Are you ready to head out? Gather up some friends or family members for an afternoon on the hill, or hit the slopes and terrain park for some solo fun! If you’re not into skiing, snowboarding or snowblading, other leisurely options are also available at some of the resorts located throughout the region, including snow tubing; snowshoeing; and cross-country skiing!

Whether it’s your first time trying these exciting winter sports, or you consider yourself a pro, it’s guaranteed there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Winter fun for everyone!

With so many fantastic activities to enjoy in Durham Region throughout the winter season, there’s no need for you and your family to hibernate indoors during the frosty months. It’s time to bundle up, embrace the cold, get active and enjoy all our winter wonderland has to offer! Check out the list below for 20 things you can do in your own backyard, and throughout the region:

  1. Enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or hiking/walking on local trails. View the Durham Trails Guide to plan your route.
  2. Head out ice fishing on Lake Simcoe or Lake Scugog. Don’t forget your Fishing Licence, and make sure to check ice conditions and Ontario Fishing Regulations.
  3. Check out an Oshawa Generals game.
  4. Go snowmobiling on local Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails. Always wear a helmet and purchase an OFSC Trails Permit before riding the trails.
  5. Try skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing at Brimacombe; Dagmar Resort; Lakeridge Ski Resort; or Skyloft Ski and Country Club.
  6. Spend a relaxing weekend at a local bed and breakfast establishment. View our Tourism Directory for information on B&Bs.
  7. Visit a local craft brewery or winery. Head over to the Central Counties website for details.
  8. Warm up at a cozy café or restaurant with a hot beverage or delicious meal. Check out our Tourism Directory for a variety of options.
  9. Go ice skating on a public rink or at a community arena.
  10. Play a game of pond hockey. Be sure to wear protective equipment, and check ice conditions before venturing on to frozen waters.
  11. Register for a winter recreation program offered through your local municipality.
  12. Attend a winter event, fair, or festival. Visit our Events Calendar for listings.
  13. Go sledding or tobogganing.
  14. Build a snowman or snow fort.
  15. Have a (friendly) snowball fight.
  16. Catch snowflakes on your tongue.
  17. Make snow angels.
  18. Take a walk or run around the neighbourhood with your family and/or dog. You can also join a local running club, or make your own!
  19. Shovel the driveway and porch for your family and/or a neighbour.
  20. Go bird watching.

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Winter adventures in Durham Region

Happy new year! Durham Tourism is wishing you happiness, excitement and plenty of adventure in 2016. With the winter weather sweeping in, there’s no need to shy away from outdoor adventures this season in Durham Region. From ice-fishing, to curling, to skiing and more, there are so many fun-filled activities to enjoy right here in our own outdoor backyard playground. So strap on your boots and read on to find out what adventures await you this January, or visit our events calendar for more details.

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ICE FISHING

Even during the winter months, Durham Region continues to be an angler’s paradise! Enjoy the great outdoors and experience world-class ice-fishing on Lakes Simcoe and Scugog. Bundle up the entire family or join a group of friends and get out on the frozen lake for an enjoyable and unique Canadian experience.

Visit the Durham Tourism Fishing Portal for more information on your next ice-fishing adventure.

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WINTER IN DURHAM

With the official start to winter already behind us, Durham Tourism is proud to announce that Winter in Durham has arrived! There are so many things to see and do this winter in Durham Region.

Hit the slopes or the ice, plan a shopping trip or a cozy winter getaway. There is something for everyone in Durham Region!

Please visit the  Winter in Durham website for more information on all of the exciting winter adventures in Durham Region.

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JANUARY COMPETITION

Much like snow sports, competitive sporting events are in abundance this winter in Durham Region, and they are the perfect way to keep the whole family entertained. The region has an impressive variety of sporting events on the go all season long, including curling bonspiels, figure skating competitions, hockey and ringette tournaments, and even swim meets. Below is a select list of some of the many competitive sporting events taking place throughout the region this January:

Whitby Ringette Tournament – Jan. 8 to 10.

Skate Canada Central Ontario Winter Glitters – Jan. 16.

Pickering Swim Club Winterfest Swim Meet – Jan. 22 to 24.

Oshawa Golf and Curling Club Mixed Invitational Bonspiel – Jan. 15.

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SNOW SPORTS

When the snow begins to roll into Durham Region, there are plenty of things to keep you and your whole family entertained outdoors including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing! See below for a small sampling of the many snow sporting events taking place this January, but don’t forget to visit our events calendar for a complete list of seasonal activities:

Lakeridge Ski ResortTwo-day training session, January

Dagmar Ski ResortWorld Snow Day, Jan. 17.

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Family Cross-country Ski & Snowshoe Day, Jan. 30.

Don’t forget to check out Brimacombe for their Learn to Ski and Snowboard month in January. Be sure to also check out Skyloft for more outdoor fun for all skill levels!

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Apples, spice and everything nice

Stocking up on apple wines and sparkling cider to enjoy over the holidays? You can get these delightful beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from Durham Farm Fresh wine and cider makers! Not only will you be supporting local businesses, but also getting your fill of homegrown products through the festive season.

Archibald’s Estate Winery in Bowmanville invites you to come and enjoy a complimentary wine sampling in December on weekdays and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may want to check out their Apple Cranberry wine, as well as Sparkling Ciders that are available in various flavours. Can’t make it in-person? You can have your order shipped to you! Orders can be placed by phone at 905-263-2396.

Looking for other alcohol-free sparking ciders and non-sparkling cider options that the whole family can enjoy? Geissberger Farmhouse Cider in Mitchell Corners (Clarington) has quite the flavour selection for you to choose from, such as Apple Raspberry Kiwi. You can get your supply throughout the holidays on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Orders can also be placed for pick up during the week by calling 905-728-8674, or emailing mail@farmhousecider.ca.

In December, the Ocala Winery retail store in Port Perry is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for you to purchase delicious apple wines, in flavours that include Honey Crisp, as well as their non-alcoholic Sparkling Apple juice. Ocala will ship wines within Ontario; and you may place your order by phone at 905-985-9924, or email at ocala@sympatico.ca.

Please remember to enjoy responsibly this holiday season.

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