Canada Day

Oh Canada: Celebrate Canada Day across Durham Region

Durham Region’s area municipalities are gearing up for Canada Day celebrations on Wednesday, July 1.

Plenty of live music, children’s activities, delicious food, and of course, fireworks make these festivities fun for the whole family.

This year, get out and celebrate with your community, in honour of this great country we call home.


Ajax Canada Day Celebrations & Pan Am Ajax Launch
Ajax Downs


Cannington Lions Club Canada Day Celebrations
MacLeod Park

BTEHS Canada Day Celebrations
Beaver River Museum


Newcastle Canada Day Celebration
Newcastle & District Recreation Complex


City of Oshawa’s Canada Day
Lakeview Park


Pickering’s Canada Day Celebrations
Kinsmen Park


Scugog’s Canada Day Celebrations
Palmer Park


Celebrate Canada Day
Elgin Park


Canada Day and County Town Carnival
Victoria Fields

Royal Canadian Legion br#12 celebrates Canada Day
117 Byron St. S.

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DG 2015 explore the outdoors


Plan an authentic adventure like no other in the great outdoors of Durham Region. Our spectacular waterfronts, lakes, parks and trails await!


Durham offers more than 350 kilometres of recreational trails that intertwine throughout our communities. Durham abounds with wonderful spaces to discover, so come and explore our wetlands, woodlands and parks, and reconnect with nature.

Visit to view the Interactive Trails Map.


Durham is a fisherman’s paradise. A four-season fishing destination that has been recognized as one of the best and biggest in North America, we offer a world-class experience! With major rivers starting in the Oak Ridges Moraine, the waters are cold and pure enough to support resident brook, brown and rainbow trout year-round.

Visit to view the Durham Region Fishing Guide.


Become one with nature and discover Durham Region at new heights! Kids and adults will love exploring this one-of-a-kind obstacle course in the trees, at Oshawa’s Treetop Eco-Adventure Park.


Get up close and personal with your favourite wild creatures, year-round at one of Durham’s local zoos! Our animal hotspots feature exotic animals big and small, from tigers to reptiles and everything in-between.


A favourite Canadian pastime! If you’re looking for a mini-getaway or outdoor adventure to bring the whole family closer to nature, you don’t have to go far. Check out the many campgrounds in Durham Region.


Love to get out on the open water and drink in the cool breeze? Durham Region is bordered by lakes Ontario, Scugog and Simcoe. If you don’t own your own boat, Durham’s local businesses have got you covered.


Escape for a picnic, a walk or even some bird-watching at one of Durham’s five, beautiful conservation areas. Get close to wildlife and embrace the fresh air! Contact the local conservation authority to find out what adventures are waiting near you.

Be sure to order a copy of our 2015 Discovery Guide for more information on what to see and do in Durham Region. Visit or call 1-800-413-0017.

DG 2015 eat fresh enjoy local


There is a story to be told for every season in Durham Region—and each one involves fresh and delicious food grown in our very own backyard.

Steps away from Durham’s southern core, are incredible farms known for producing fresh, tasty and abundant produce. It is such a satisfying feeling to be able to whip up a quick weeknight meal or a hearty Sunday dinner, complete with local flavours from start to finish.

It’s even more satisfying to be able to pick your own food and create lifelong, fun-on-the-farm memories with your family, while supporting local farmers. From May to October, fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheese, baked goods and meats can be enjoyed from farmers’ markets all across our region.

Durham celebrates agriculture year-round, and we thrive during harvest season. We are known for our pumpkin patches and large assortment of apples, and there is no shortage of fun to be had when they become ripe for the picking!

When you visit Durham Region, remember to stop in for some fun on the farm, meet a local famer and enjoy our homegrown food!

Be sure to order a copy of our 2015 Discovery Guide for more information on what to see and do in Durham Region. Visit or call 1-800-413-0017.

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Durham Region and partners host official Durham Festival media launch

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, Tourism Division, in partnership with all eight local area municipalities and Central Counties Tourism, hosted an afternoon of creative and cultural celebration Friday, at the official media launch for this summer’s highly anticipated Durham Festival.

The launch took place at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby, and offered attendees a special preview of the entertainment, activities and delicious local food that residents and visitors can expect to find at the Durham Festival, taking place Aug. 13 to 16. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau was in attendance, and the event included creative performances by the Bruce Gorrie Trio, Trish Robb, The Macs, The Wolfgang Brothers, Picasso’s Picnic Youth, DJ with dancers and interactive art, Denise Lester Dance Academy, Lynn McDonald, Darrin Davis and Peacefully Productive Studios, and Aaron Roberts.

Durham Festival will be a region-wide celebration of creativity and culture, and promises to showcase the very best of what Durham Region has to offer, from music, art, culture, food and creative expression of all varieties.

A special announcement was made, stating that the Durham Festival is going to challenge an exciting world record. On Aug. 15 at Victoria Fields in Whitby, the Durham Harvest Picnic event will be taking place, at which the world record for the Longest Picnic Table in the world will be challenged. The table is being built to accommodate more than 500 people, and everyone is invited to attend with their lunch to participate in this historic event, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Food will also be available for purchase from local vendors. After the event, the table will be dismantled and all components will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Durham for a Durham Region home building project.

With the Durham Festival focused on highlighting the region’s diverse multiculturalism, it is expected to attract increased visitation from out-of-town guests, as well as encourage exploration by residents.

The majority of Durham Festival events will take place along the region’s stunning Waterfront Trail.

For more information about the Durham Festival and the events listed, visit or call Durham Tourism at 1-800-413-0017.



Swirl, sniff, sip and savour! Food and wine lovers are invited to enjoy a delicious afternoon at the 15th annual Spring Wine and Food Festival. On June 6, renowned chefs, wine makers and beer masters from across Ontario will be uniting to share their finest creations. Come and enjoy live music, demonstrations, a relaxing tent area and more! Participants must be of legal drinking age to attend, and are urged to enjoy responsibly. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.



The 47th annual Canoe the Nonquon is taking place on June 6 in Port Perry! Starting on the twisty Nonquon River and ending on the beautiful shores of Lake Scugog, outdoor adventure enthusiast will love participating in this time-honoured tradition. Not a professional? That’s OK! Amateurs and professionals of all ages are invited to participate and compete in a variety of categories. Participation entrance fee is $50. 



Experience Durham Region through the eyes of A Country Path! Participate in an open house event taking place June 13 and 14, where you and the whole family can discover and wander down Durham’s unique country driving path at your own pace. Make stops along the way for organic farm fresh food, general stores, delicious cider and wine, eclectic art and country hospitality at local restaurants and bed and breakfasts. You never know where the path may lead!