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Bushels of fun this month!

It’s official – apple season has begun! Mother Nature’s bounty is overflowing this time of year, and apples take centre stage here in Durham Region. As we say goodbye to summer over the next few weeks, the crisp autumn season will enter and provide endless fun for the whole family.

Crisp, delicious and ripe for the picking – Durham is known for having an abundant selection of homegrown apples to enjoy. Local orchards have started opening their fields to those interested in picking their own fresh apples, and will remain open throughout October.

Getting out with friends and family, and enjoying the fresh orchard air, is a favourite tradition among families in our community. If you have never done it before, it’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon outdoors!

Whether you’re a fan of Spartan, sweet Ambrosia, or can’t resist a good, old fashioned Macintosh, Durham’s local orchards grow a variety of apples to suit your taste buds. Love to get creative in the kitchen? Check out Foodland Ontario for some excellent recipes featuring apples.

If you don’t have time to pick your own, you can always pop in for a quick visit to a local orchard, and pick up some pre-picked apples.

 Be sure to visit the Durham Farm Fresh website to learn more about our local producers or to view the Durham Farm Fresh brochure.   

Pick your own:

Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery
6275 Liberty St. N., Bowmanville
Starts Sept. 10

Brooks Farms
122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert
Starts Sept. 10

Nature’s Bounty Farm
651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry
Starts Sept. 7

Pingle’s Farm Market
1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton
Starts Sept. 10

Watson Farms Ltd.
2287 Hwy. 2, Bowmanville
Starts Sept. 3

Have any Durham Region locations to add? Leave us a comment below! Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more ideas on how you can explore Durham!

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Durham Tourism encourages the community to celebrate Culture Days

Durham Tourism is inviting residents and visitors to participate in Culture Days — an interactive, free celebration of local arts and culture, taking place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

This annual, nation-wide festival is a collaborative movement designed to raise awareness, accessibility participation and engagement of Canadians in arts and culture within their communities. Culture will be celebrated by a number of communities across Canada, including Durham Region. Durham residents and visitors are encouraged to explore their creativity during the celebration, and experience creative expression through the region’s talented artists, musicians, creators, historians and more.

More than 60 events throughout all eight area municipalities have been registered on the Culture Days Ontario website. Visit http://on.culturedays.ca, for an updated listing of these events.

Durham is proud to host a variety of Culture Days events across the region again this year. For more information, contact Durham Tourism at 1-800-413-0017 or email tourism@durham.ca.

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Plan an adventure on the Durham Region Waterfront Trail

One of Durham Region’s most majestic attractions is the Waterfront Trail. Stretching along the shore of Lake Ontario, this beautiful trail starts at the Pickering border and takes travellers through each of Durham’s waterfront communities, all the way to the edge of the Clarington border.

There is so much to see and do while taking in the picturesque scenery; you almost wish you had your own personal guide to ensure you don’t miss anything!

Now with the help of the online, interactive Map Your City (MYC) Durham Waterfront Trail lab, you can view trail access and way-finding points, read interesting stories, see pictures, access web and video links, and identify all of the amazing amenities near you.

This virtual guide is part of a pilot project that will continue to be a work in progress. Be sure to share and favourite your locations as you go, and get in touch with us by email if you have new locations to add or feedback to give!

Not one to plan ahead? A mobile app has also been created to be your travel companion while out on your trail adventure. You can download the app from the MYC website for free on your Android or iOS devices.

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for even more ideas on how you can explore Durham!

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DURHAM REGION FILM FESTIVAL

Lights. Camera. Action! The Durham Region Film Festival (DRFF) is taking place Sept. 16 to 18. Film lovers will have the opportunity to view more than 50 hand-selected films from around the world, offered in categories such as: animation, documentaries, features, shorts and student films.

Over the course of three days, DRFF will offer official film screenings at the Regent Theatre, Docville Wild West movie set, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the historic St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts and Culture. Families can also enjoy a fun-filled day at the Docville Wild West movie set to see how a movie is made from script to screen, and attend creative workshops.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Regent Theatre box office, both in person and online. Visit the DRFF website for full details about this event, or check out #FocusOnFilm via social media!

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CULTURE DAYS 2016

Celebrate creativity and culture across Durham Region for the seventh-annual Culture Days weekend, taking place Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

This three-day national celebration will see hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations, in hundreds of cities and towns, come together to share their cultural spirit and passion.

Durham Region is proud to be part of this celebration and will be offering dozens of community events alongside artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers at work.

Have an event to register? Visit www.culturedays.ca, and be sure to add it to the Durham Tourism events calendar also.

For a complete list of Culture Days events taking place in Durham, click here.

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It’s apple season in Durham Region

Hello September! There is so much to see and do in Durham Region as we welcome the final weeks of summer. Now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy what is left of the sweet summer sun. Our vibrant communities are filled with so much rich culture, creativity, and of course, adventure to discover! Not to mention, Mother Nature’s bounty is overflowing this time of year. Enjoy farm-fresh, locally grown produce at the many farmers markets, or spend an afternoon picking your own crisp and delicious apples — our specialty here in Durham Region! To read about the variety of events taking place during the month of September, visit the Durham Tourism events calendar.

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CHEVY SILVERADO 250

Participate in a popular Labour Day tradition! The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is returning for its only Canadian appearance for the Chevrolet Silverado 250.

This exhilarating event will take place the weekend of Sept. 2 to 4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington. Joining the trucks will be the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, Canadian Touring Car Championship and Nissan Micra Cup.

Purchase tickets today!

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ORONO FAIR

As one of the oldest running fairs in the province, the Orono Fair is one of the more popular tourist events to attend this time of year in Durham Region! Kicking off the fall-fair season, this fun-filled event takes place from Sept. 8 to 11 at the Orono Fair Grounds.

Hosted by the Orono Agricultural society since 1852, fair-goers can look forward to exquisite displays and competitions involving paintings, photographs, agriculture, livestock, flowers, knitting, woodworking, sewing, crafts, school displays, culinary creations and so much more. Not to mention, evening concerts and one of the largest midways throughout the area!

Purchase tickets today! 

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FALL ART FESTIVAL

Another tradition for art enthusiasts in Durham Region is the annual Fall Art Festival! More than 70 talented, local artists, sculptors and potters will come together and showcase their beautiful, unique work. It certainly is a treat for those looking to explore their love for arts and crafts.

Be sure to visit the grounds of Camp Samac in Oshawa from Sept. 9 to 11, and come prepared to take home your favourite pieces!

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TERRY FOX RUN

The 36th annual Terry Fox Run is taking place throughout Durham Region on Sept. 18. This event will be held at several run-sites from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and all ages are welcome to participate. Many sites will also be offering a barbecue and family friendly activities following the run.

This event is in support of the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research. No minimum donation is required, and there is no need to pre-register.

For more information, or to register for a run near you, visit www.terryfox.org.